Preschooler makes a run for the Legislature

Preschooler makes a run for the Legislature

By Martha Stoddard April 11, 2013 4:13 pm Comments

While 7-year-old Jack Hoffman’s 69-yard touchdown run in the Husker spring game has brightened the lives of millions around the world, another Nebraska child’s run brought smiles to the Nebraska Legislature last week.

Tay DellaCroce came to the Capitol with his mother, a former foster child. She was among several former foster children lobbying for a bill to provide state help to future foster youth making the transition to adulthood. But lobbying and watching laws being made can be dull work for a 3-year-old boy.

So, when a senator opened the door from the Rotunda to the back of the legislative chamber, he slipped through and took off running. Sergeant-at-arms Ron Witkowski saw Tay dash by and gave chase down the center aisle. While most senators just  blinked in surprise, State Sen. Colby Coash of Lincoln sized up the situation and took off down the side aisle.

The father of a boy about the same age, Coash cut off the young door-dasher as he rounded the corner. He scooped up Tay and carried him back out of the chamber to the applause of fellow senators. The child beamed, while smiles and laughter broke out among the formerly serious adults in the chamber.