He has been waiting out the primary election.
Now, Democrat Chuck Hassebrook is ready to take the gubernatorial race to all Nebraskans.
Hassebrook, the former executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, watched closely the Republican primary for governor won by Omaha executive Pete Ricketts.
It featured a lot of third party spending.
“I don’t know if outside money will come into this race, but if it does, and I expect some will, we’ll be prepared,” Hassebrook tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Hassebrook says he will counter any negative campaign Ricketts, the Republican Party, or outside groups throw at him.
“I counter it by being prepared for what they throw at me and being prepared to demonstrate that I am what I’ve always been, someone who fights for ordinary, working Nebraskans,” Hassebrook states.
Hassebrook not only guided the Center for Rural Affairs for years, he also served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Hassebrook agrees that taxes will be a top issue in the gubernatorial race. He disagrees with Republicans on how the debate should take shape.
Hassebrook wants a shift; away from talk of cutting the taxes of the top earners in Nebraska in hopes that that will create jobs to talk of tax fairness. Hassebrook says the discussion should be about who will shoulder the tax burden in Nebraska. And he adds that if the state cuts taxes for the top one or two percent of Nebraskans, it won’t have the money necessary to invest in Nebraska’s future through renewable energy, job training, and public schools.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]