Its February 2021 resolution concluded, “Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Nebraska Republican Party Central Committee expresses its deep disappointment and sadness with respect to the service of Senator Ben Sasse and calls for an immediate readjustment whereby he represents the people of Nebraska to Washington and not Washington to the people of Nebraska and stands rebuked.” According to CNN, Sasse was president of Midland University — a private Lutheran liberal arts college with about 1,600 students in Fremont, Nebraska — prior to his election to the Senate in 2014. The Nebraskan has an impressive academic background, graduating from Harvard University and earning a Ph.D. in American history from Yale. Sasse told the World-Herald he has been “pursued by a lot of universities” in recent years and declined all the offers, but the Florida spot was too good to pass up. UF has an enrollment of over 60,000 students. “South Florida is like a giant blank canvas,” he said. “And so I’m very excited about a lot of the new stuff that we’re going to build.” It’s not clear what he was referring to. UF’s campus is in the city of Gainesville in northern Florida. Sasse’s departure from the Senate will not change its balance of power, where the Democrats hold a 51-49 edge. Freshly sworn-in Nebraska GOP Gov. Jim Pillen has promised to appoint a replacement by the time the Senate reconvenes on Jan. 23. Whoever is chosen will serve for two years, with a special election in November 2024 determining who will complete Sasse’s term. [firefly_poll] Former Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, whom Pillen replaced last week, is seen as a leading candidate. Trump appears to have a mixed relationship with Ricketts. The former president called the then-governor a RINO for campaigning for Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s re-election in May 2022. Ricketts also supported Pillen over Trump’s pick in the Nebraska governor’s race, Charles Herbster.
And here is the final resolution language: pic.twitter.com/1a0QUkhAx1— Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) February 27, 2021
The Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs, have spent money both for and against Trump’s presidential runs. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Trump calls Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts a “RINO” after Ricketts’ pick beat Trump-endorsed Charles Herbster last night https://t.co/a2sUje6su6— Brent D. Griffiths (@BrentGriffiths) May 11, 2022