Speaker of the Legislative, Sen. Greg Adams of York, says running for governor invites scrutiny.
“Every time they go to the microphone, they’re probably going to have to be much more, much more scripted, if you will, careful about what they say, so that they get a message across and so that the message is not used against them; votes and how they’re cast,” Adams tells Nebraska Radio Network. “They’re going to be operating in a different framework, I think, than what they would be if they were not running for higher office.”
All three state senators are Republicans, running in a crowded field to replace Gov. Dave Heineman, who must leave office due to term limits.
Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha understands all of the senators running for governor will be closely watched this legislative session.
“I certainly think that there are those who will analyze anything we say, but the reality is that it is all about what we’re working on and what the results are,” McCoy tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Both McCoy and Sen. Charlie Janssen of Fremont will face charges that they are pushing tax cut measures to prop up their run for governor.
Both reject the charge.
Janssen tells Nebraska Radio Network charges that he is pushing a political agenda are nothing new, that he has undergone scrutiny since joining the Unicameral and pushing for a crackdown on illegal immigrants.
“I think I’ve been under the microscope quite a bit since I’ve been down here, just due to the issues that I’ve brought forward that are important to Nebraskans,” Janssen says.
Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege expects every word uttered during legislative floor debate to be examined closely.
“I do feel that way,” Carlson tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And, so you really have to think before you talk.”
Carlson might have a different difficulty this legislative session. He pushed last year to create the Water Sustainability Task Force, which has recommended a number of ways to raise revenue for water projects in Nebraska. While distancing himself from some of the suggestions for tax increases, Carlson still maintains the state must move to insure it maintains its unique water resource.
All three say time management becomes a key for their work at the Capitol this year. The 60-day session is scheduled to run through April 17th, just ahead of the May 13th primary.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [1 minute]