Republican gubernatorial candidate Pete Ricketts contends Gov. Dave Heineman’s endorsement of Jon Bruning in the race only discloses the contrast between the two candidates.
Ricketts, the former executive of TD Ameritrade, says he will bring a fresh perspective to state government, something Bruning, as Attorney General, cannot deliver. Ricketts says Nebraska needs an outsider to tackle its reputation as a high tax state.
“If you want to change that you’re going to need somebody new, somebody with a fresh perspective and somebody who actually has experience in actually controlling and cutting costs in organizations and that’s where my business experience becomes so important,” Ricketts tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And I think that really is the difference here between status quo and auto pilot or growth and reform and that’s what I can bring to the table with my business experience is drive down those costs of state government and have the sustainable tax cuts we need to be competitive as a state.”
Ricketts contends the endorsement hasn’t affected the race.
“So far, I don’t think it’s had much impact in the race,” Ricketts says. “Again, I think it really kind of crystallizes the differences between Jon and I and what this election is about.”
There is a crowded field in the Republican race for governor in the primary election to be decided May 13th.
Aside from Ricketts and Bruning, state Auditor Mike Foley, state Sen. Beau McCoy of Omaha, state Sen. Tom Carlson of Holdrege, and Omaha tax attorney Bryan Slone are running.
Ricketts acknowledges all the candidates, but believes the race has come down to him and Bruning.
“Well, certainly it demonstrates we have a deep bench of Republicans here in this state and they’re all good men, but at the end of the day I think this race really is coming down to be between Jon and I for a variety of reasons”