“There’s a fallacy in Washington, D.C., that government can’t work and we have to expect failure, but that’s not true. [firefly_poll] “We proved that’s not true here in Nebraska,” Ricketts said at the same event, The Hill reported. “We need to hold Washington, D.C., accountable for making sure they’re providing the same level of high service that we do in state government.” Ricketts replaces GOP Sen. Ben Sasse, who resigned this week to become the president of the University of Florida. Ricketts is replacing a Republican who established himself as a frequent critic of former President Donald Trump, although he maintained his conservative bona fides on policy. Nebraska voters will have the opportunity to vote on Pillen’s selection in the next election cycle. Nebraska’s new Republican senator is expected to stand in a 2024 special election to complete Sasse’s six-year term, which ends in 2026, according to the Daily Caller.
As expected, @jim_pillen today is naming Pete Ricketts the next U.S. senator from #Nebraska. Here they are walking into the press conference from the Governor’s Office now occupied by Pillen. Ricketts was one of Pillen’s top supporters in a tough GOP primary race. pic.twitter.com/cSbdBnLRsP— Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) January 12, 2023
Pillen rejected arguments that Ricketts’ appointment amounted to a pay-to-play scheme, with critics of the move pointing out that Ricketts had donated to the new governor’s campaign and a political action committee supporting him. “Integrity of the process and commitment to the process was highest priority,” Pillen said of his appointment process, WOWT reported. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
Pillen: Appointments are temporary, and then the people speak as quickly as possible. There will be a statewide race in 2024. This seat runs again in 2026. “There’s never been a Nebraskan who’s had to run for statewide election in two consecutive terms.”— Aaron Sanderford (@asanderford) January 12, 2023