A long-time Nebraska Congressman wants to continue his service in Washington, saying there is more work to do.
Republican Adrian Smith understands national polling indicates Democrats might well win back the United States House.
“I don’t think, when it really comes down to it, that the American people are anxious to have Nancy Pelosi (Democrat of San Francisco) be Speaker again,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “She’s a very divisive figure and we really need someone to bring us together. I think we can do that on the Republican side.”
There is going to be a new Speaker of the House, regardless, Smith notes.
Speaker Paul Ryan is leaving Congress and returning to Wisconsin. Smith expects Congressman Kevin McCarthy of California to become the leader of House Republicans, which would elevate him to Speaker if Republicans maintain control or make him Minority Leader if current polling leading up the mid-terms next week proves accurate.
Smith insists Republicans have made progress, pushing through tax reform which he says has helped improve the economy. He notes year-round sale of E-15 and resolution to trade disagreements could give a big boost to the sagging agricultural economy of the Third Congressional District.
Smith first won election to the Third in 2006.
“Well, I think we’ve been making some progress, but there’s more work to do and some continuity I think is important for the people of Nebraska, whether it’s trade issues, whether it’s E-15 efforts, whether it’s tax reform,” according to Smith.
Former Wayne State Dean of Education and Counseling, Paul Theobald, is the Democrat challenging Smith’s re-election.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]