Gov. Pete Ricketts endorsed Jim Pillen on Tuesday, throwing his support as the state's top Republican behind the Columbus pig farmer in the upcoming primary race for governor.
The multi-candidate Republican gubernatorial primary contest appears likely to feature a costly battle with Pillen and Charles Herbster, a Falls City cattle producer, leading the campaign finance charts.
KEARNEY — Mike Hilgers calls himself a “big tent” Republican.
"I appreciated the strong support and encouragement they offered me to run again," former Gov. Dave Heineman said. "I was very close to saying, 'Yes,' but family is very important to me, now more than ever."
Former Herbster staffer Tyler Henningsen said the video was a "setup" and "dirty trick" by the Herbster campaign to show Taylor Gage and the Ricketts administration oppose Herbster's candidacy.
Six GOP candidates are vying for the seat currently occupied by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who finishes his second term next year and is term-limited.
The former state senator "told me last night she is officially a candidate" for governor, Cass County Republican Chairwoman Tracy Zeorian stated in an online post promoting a forum hosted by the county party.
Charles Herbster, the man Donald Trump endorsed last week in Nebraska’s 2022 gubernatorial race, was greeted with applause Monday night as guest speaker for the Buffalo County Republicans.
Democrat Carol Blood said the top two Republicans for governor are a disappointment. Rather than focusing on Nebraska’s real problems — high taxes, prison overcrowding and wasteful state spending — she said Charles Herbster and Jim Pillen are trying to scare Nebraskans into voting for them.
The featured speaker for Monday night’s meeting of the Buffalo County Republicans will be Charles Herbster, who earlier this week won Donald Trump’s endorsement in the state’s gubernatorial race.
Charles Herbster said that while he supported Donald Trump from the beginning, the extended Ricketts family spent $7.5 million "against Donald Trump and his America First agenda" before he gained the Republican nomination in 2016.
Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Falls City businessman Charles Herbster as the Republican nominee for Nebraska governor. "I strongly disagree that Charles Herbster is qualified to be our next governor," Gov. Ricketts said.
Theresa Thibodeau, a former state senator and former chair of the Douglas County Republican Party, said Thursday that she has been encouraged to consider running for the state's top office.
Charles Herbster said he asked Corey Lewandowski, who served as Donald Trump's first campaign manager in 2016, to "step back" from his role with Herbster's campaign for Nebraska governor.
EZ Politix, in its lawsuit, said it was hired by the Herbster for Nebraska committee to perform "campaign-related services" from December 2020 until May 10, 2022, and was to be paid $12,500 a month.
"At this time, I do not feel I will be able to devote the needed time to the campaign," the former Omaha state senator said.
The 40-year-old Omaha state senator said there's an opportunity now for Nebraska to elect new and younger generational leadership.
"We oppose any action by the Board of Regents, or any of its membership, that places any doubt on this commitment to academic freedom in word, by implication, or for personal gain," UNL's Faculty Senate said in a statement.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster on Tuesday announced his support for adoption of a proposed new consumption tax to replace the state's income, corporate, sales and property tax system.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Herbster says he would welcome endorsement by former President Donald Trump, but will not ask.
"We are going to fight for the best Nebraska we've ever had tax-wise, education-wise, immigration and all the things that are important to us," the Falls City native said. "I love this state."
Pillen expressed strong support for gun rights, law enforcement, pro-life protections and a "demand (for) order on the southern border."