State Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha says he can serve effectively in the Unicameral even as he runs for governor.
Krist says he understands the skepticism.
“I think there’s going to be a natural perception that everything I say is going to be related to my campaign,” Krist tells Nebraska Radio Network during an interview at his Capitol office.
Yet, Krist says he’s following a model provided by U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer who campaigned for her current seat while serving in the legislature. Krist says he remembers seeing Fischer working late into the night at the Capitol while her opponents were giving speeches at various places across the state.
Krist points out he has legislation this session which is weighty and that he cares a great deal about, especially legislation attempting to address problems within the Department of Correctional Services. He says he worked hard to prepare himself for the session well in advance to aid in his balancing act of serving while campaigning.
Krist, a Republican who has been in the Unicameral 10 years, has chosen to run as an independent candidate for governor, avoiding a primary showdown with Gov. Pete Ricketts. Krist criticizes the governor for bringing members of his campaign staff into his administration and says the governor listens too closely to them while failing to listen to others.
Krist says he will continue to attack what he perceives as inconsistencies with the Ricketts
Administration during speeches from the floor of the legislature.
“Now, that’s not to say as I said that there’s some perception that I will be constantly campaigning when I’m on the mic. I can’t help that. But, I’ll do what I need to do to do my job as a state senator,” Krist says.
Krist says as governor he will work to get a handle on funding education to reduce its reliance on the property tax, will work to reform Corrections, and will listen to the people.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]