Patty Pansing Brooks For Congress!
The field has been set for the CD01 elections on both June 28 and November 8. Patty Pansing Brooks will be taking on Mike Flood for the seat in CD01 that was opened up by Jeff Fortenberry’s felony convictions and resignation.
The June 28 special election will determine who holds the CD01 seat until early January 2023. The November 8 election decides who will represent CD01 between 2023 and 2025. It’s important that we vote for Patty on both dates.
Patty Pansing Brooks represents a breath of fresh air compared to Fortenberry, who held the seat for nearly 18 years and accomplished very little during his long tenure in Washington. Fortenberry tended to vote with his party bosses and the extreme right wing of the House GOP caucus.
Patty will stand up for working families and seniors. She will protect our health care and pensions. As Pansing-Brooks said: “We need health care for all, access to affordable child care, living wages for all workers. This includes support for development, for enhanced infrastructure, educational opportunities and economic development for our native people through health care.”
As a member of Congress, Patty wants to prioritize reducing inflation, solving Nebraska’s labor shortage and lowering prescription drug prices. “We need to lower prescription drug prices, and we need to lower the premiums on the Affordable Care Act. We have to do better at protecting our people and the number one issue for the state chamber in Nebraska is workforce development, and getting workers to fill our jobs,” said Pansing Brooks.
Senator Pansing Brooks recognizes the reality that Nebraska can only solve its worker shortage problem by being a more welcoming and diverse state. Young people aren’t going to stay in Nebraska or re-locate here if they perceive an atmosphere of intolerance.
“I worked hard on the LGBTQ in the legislature for nondiscrimination and the chambers came on board with that. They realized we need workers here and bright people. It doesn’t matter the person who you love, it matters is can you do the job. Are you educated and thoughtful and excited for that position,” said Pansing Brooks.
Pansing Brooks has correctly recognized that Mike Flood will be a clone of Jeff Fortenberry, albeit without the criminality and sleaze. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Flood will only perpetuate the job killing gridlock in Washington by taking orders from his out of touch party bosses.
“My opponent has said that he’s going to do a lot of the same things that the previous congressman did, and I’m not going to do the same things, I’m going to approach it differently. I feel like our state and our district are ready for a change,” said Pansing Brooks.
Flood — like Fortenberry — is an extremist who is outside of the mainstream. Flood and Fortenberry are also similar in that they talk moderate but vote radical.
As a state senator, Flood compiled an extreme record. In legislature this year, Flood opposed middle class tax cuts but voted for tax cuts for the rich and corporations. Patty voted for the middle class tax cuts.
The Norfolk state senator’s record on women’s health care issues is equally troubling. In 2022, Flood co-sponsored a near total abortion ban, that contained no exceptions for the victims of rape and incest. Senator Adam Morfeld described Flood’s bill as “deeply flawed legislation.” Morfeld contended that Flood’s radical bill would ban some forms of contraception such as Plan B and even IVF.
Flood’s bill is so crazy that it would turn doctors into felons. Dr. Maureen Boyle, an obstetrics and gynecology physician from Omaha, said the proposal could “lead to felony charges for doctors who have to perform an abortion to save the life of a mother.”
Pansing Brooks said in a statement. “My GOP opponent co-sponsored legislation this year that would force raped children and incest victims to go to term. I will lead in Congress to combat the Supreme Court’s rollback to the dark ages and protect all women’s bodily autonomy.”
Flood is equally radical on gun safety. The state senator from Norfolk will do nothing about the ongoing mass shootings since he has an A rating from the NRA a/k/a gun lobby.
Patty would be a welcome change from the GOP’s hyper-partisanship since she has worked across the aisle with Republican senators on numerous issues. She has worked to expand children’s rights in the juvenile justice system, and passed legislation that reduces the school-to-prison pipeline by reorienting the purpose of peacekeeping officers. Patty tweeted: “Our kids are our future, and they deserve the opportunity to learn and thrive.”
If you want different results out of Washington, you have to vote for different people. Vote for Patty Pansing Brooks for a change!