Nebraska governor, Herbster trade barbs after Trump endorsement

Former President Trump released a statement Tuesday night, Oct. 26, 2021, endorsing Charles Herbster's run for governor. Gov. Pete Ricketts responded.
Published: Oct. 26, 2021 at 10:59 PM CDT
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(WOWT) - A man who’s hoping to be Nebraska’s next governor has the backing and support of a former president. But the current governor said he thinks “Nebraska deserves better,” prompting a

Charles Herbster announced his run for governor in April with former campaign manager and adviser Kellyanne Conway in attendance at the Fremont event.

Former President Trump released a statement Tuesday night saying “Charles W. Herbster has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” throwing in a good word for Ricketts after mocking Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

Herbster’s former running mate, Theresa Thibodeau, a former Nebraska state lawmaker and Douglas County Republican Party leader, recently told 6 News that she was planning to run for the state’s top office after dropping out of his campaign in July.

Current State Sen. Carol Blood also announced her intention to run last month, making her the first Democratic candidate to enter the race.

Gov. Pete Ricketts, who has previously spoken in support of NU Regent Jim Pillen for the race for his replacement when he terms out, responded to Tuesday’s endorsement from the former president, releasing the following statement:

Saying he was “committed to running a positive campaign,” Herbster issued a statement Wednesday afternoon in response to the governor’s comments, concluding with: “It’s a shame that Governor Pete Ricketts, also the head of the Republican party in the state, and his high-priced consultants, have launched negative personal attacks against me and President Trump.”

The state’s primary is set for May 10. Nebraskans will elect their next governor in November 2022.

6 News Digital Producer Taleisha Newbill, Executive Producer Katherine Wiley, and Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.

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