Nebraskaâ€™s Republican candidates for U.S. Senate: Sid Dinsdale
April 29th, 2014
Omaha, NE –Â In April Senate candidate Sid Dinsdale toured TSA Manufacturing, a small Omaha company that makes steel products like nuts and bolts. It was part of what Dinsdale calls his “small business tour.”Â During the stop, a handful of the companyâ€™s managers gathered in a small conference room got the nuts and bolts of Dinsdaleâ€™s campaign.[audio:https://kvnonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Rep-Senate-Race-Dinsdale_WP.mp3]
â€œIâ€™m running against the overreach of the Federal government,â€ Dinsdale told them.
Government overreach is a dominant theme for Dinsdale, in interviews, speeches and his opening comments from the April GOP Senate debate in Lincoln.
â€œThe biggest threat to America right now is government intrusion into our lives and businesses,â€ Dinsdale said during the debate. â€œWashington, D.C., just keeps getting bigger and more powerful, less responsive to the citizens of America and that includes Nebraskans.â€
Dinsdale said this concern, one of the main reasons heâ€™s running for U.S. Senate, comes from decades of work as a banker.
â€œAs a community banker thereâ€™s nothing more gratifying than to see somebody step out and take a risk and work hard and worry and stress, but succeed,â€ Dinsdale said in a recent interview. â€œThat is whatâ€™s fun about community banking, where you see somebody that 10 years ago maybe didnâ€™t hardly have anything, but through their efforts they succeeded. So what I see happening is government just keeps inserting itself and making more challenges and artificial barriers for those people trying to do that. To me, that risk-taking and perseverance and hard work, thatâ€™s what makes America great and different. The bigger, the stronger the centralized government gets, and these agencies get, the harder it is for people to do that.â€
â€œIâ€™ve felt bad regulation, what it can do to businesses,â€ Dinsdale added. â€œI donâ€™t think everybody in Washington is evil, they just donâ€™t understand the unintended consequences of some of the stuff theyâ€™re doing.â€
Dinsdale, who is 61, was born and raised in Palmer, a town of a few hundred people just north of Grand Island. As a youth he worked on the familyâ€™s farm operations, but banking was in his blood. His grandfather helped start a bank in Palmer; his uncle and father helped it expand. After high school Dinsdale got a degree in finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and worked at banks in Lincoln, Papillion and Colorado before becoming president of the family banking company, Pinnacle Bancorp, in 1994. He now calls Elkhorn home.
While this is Dinsdaleâ€™s first run for office, heâ€™s been active behind the scenes. He has donated to campaigns, mostly supporting Republicans but also a couple Democrats. He also helped fund and was active in a 2011 recall effort targeting Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle, a Democrat.
â€œIt kind of showed me a few people can make a big difference,â€ Dinsdale said. â€œEven though we lost the recall, we got enough votes on petition to have a special election, and I believe we were part of the reason we had a one-term mayor.â€
Like Nebraskaâ€™s other Republican Senate candidates, Dinsdale describes himself as conservative and pro-life, and is vigorously opposed to the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, saying the act canâ€™t be fixed and should be repealed.
â€œI have no intention of authoring my own health care plan,â€ Dinsdale said during the Lincoln Republican Senate Debate. â€œBut I would have an intention of getting other people in the health care world to help compose a health care plan and it needs to have market forces because thatâ€™s what can keep down the true problem of health care, which is cost. It was never about access.â€
Dinsdale said heâ€™s against amnesty for immigrants illegally in the United States, â€œand I really donâ€™t want to discuss anything else until we seal the border.â€
He believes there must be a clear American interest before deploying military forces abroad. â€œI think if Americans need to be protected, maybe, for example, or if there was a nuclear threat, possibly. I donâ€™t really want to theorize on what that would be,â€ Dinsdale said.
Dinsdale said his experience as a banker would be valuable in working on reducing the federal debt. He called it a spending problem, and said almost everything in the budget needs to be on the table. â€œThe Department of Agriculture, everybody I talk to says we just donâ€™t need that great big department, especially how itâ€™s morphed into a food stamp bill,â€ Dindsdale said. â€œSo I think everything should be on the table just like a business and other than defense, which weâ€™ve got to agree on what the number is to keep it strong, everything should be on the table.â€
â€œOne of the biggest, easiest things to me is just energy independence,â€ Dinsdale continued. â€œI think thereâ€™s so many good consequences to being energy independent. So build the pipeline, donâ€™t shut down coal-fired power plants for heavenâ€™s sakes, get those emission standards to where theyâ€™re reasonable so we can keep them running.â€
A self-described history buff, Dinsdale said he would hope to be a legislator like Ronald Reagan, who he appreciates for â€œstaying the courseâ€ as president. But Dinsdale also appreciates what Abraham Lincoln dealt with serving during a turbulent time in our history. â€œWe think weâ€™ve got challenges now and we do, but weâ€™ve had way bigger challenges in our history than we have now; but still, it takes leadership. It takes the right person to step up here.â€
Dinsdale said heâ€™s the right Republican for the Senate because his campaign is mostly funded by Nebraska donations. He said this allows him to put Nebraska first.
â€œI will be a United States Senator that will listen to Nebraskans,â€ Dinsdale said during the GOP Debate in Lincoln. â€œIâ€™m not interested in tearing apart other candidates, tearing apart our party. I want to go up against Obama and Reid and the Democrats, and return our country to the greatness that we all know we can be if we get back to a constitutional democracy that we should have.â€
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