As Nebraskans weigh whom to send to Washington as a U.S. senator, World-Herald humor columnist Brad Dickson asks the candidates the tough questions. Today, Schuyler businessman Pat Flynn:
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Question: Nobody seems to have a harsh word to say about you. Are you sure you're cut out for politics?
Answer: I do know that Washington is a snake pit and I hate snakes. Ask any friend of mine what they think of me when I get mad; they don't say I'm nice. Kill them with kindness; including the snakes!
Q: Your lack of political experience is appealing to your supporters. Yet when I want to hire a plumber or a roofer, I rarely look for the guy with the least experience. Can you explain the difference?
A: Career politicians are the ones that lack experience, and how has this treated us in the last 100 years? Nobody should have that much experience in spending other people's money. They become arrogant egomaniacs and are very good at it. Washington should be run like a business, and I'm the only businessman in this race.
Q: You've visited every county in Nebraska twice. Is that literally true? I mean, if you only went to Box Butte County once, nobody would begrudge you.
A: The only thing I would rather do than visit Box Butte twice is to visit another time. Western Nebraska is God's country and the place to be.
Q: You give out your personal cellphone number on your website. Any prank calls from Stenberg?
Q: Why should someone reading this vote for Pat Flynn?
A: After 29 years of being an investment adviser, I don't see a safe place for money in America anymore. I sold my business last May, burned the boat and got in this race with both feet; it's either their neck or ours. It has to be theirs, and I'm the only one in this race capable of leading a constitutional revolution! One of my competitors just got re-elected to attorney general, and then three days later announces he is running for U.S. Senate; another just got elected to state treasurer, and three months later announces he wants to be our U.S. senator; the other is a legislator, not a leader. I'm running against “me, me, me”! I'm capable of doing this, so it is my duty. Now get in that booth and vote for Pat Flynn!
Find Dickson's daily humor column at Omaha.com/Dickson