Thirteen Nebraska state senators recently signed on to a letter that criticized Governor Pete Ricketts for comments he made at the Republican Party State Convention last month. Governor Ricketts named Republicans at the convention that didn’t support certain party line issues. He those votes are public record so naming names isn’t a big deal at all.
Governor Ricketts says, “Why is it considered such a shocking thing? These are public votes. These are all in the public realm. If you are proud of your vote you should be ok with that. If you are unhappy I said this is how you voted on a certain issue maybe you made the wrong vote. I don’t think this is very controversial personally. I must admit I find it curious that people that signed the letter criticizing me were mostly Democrats. They weren’t even at the convention.”
Governor Ricketts says the senators in the letter got this wrong by stating he was trying to make this political. He says it is the opposite – principal drives the politics. He says, “I didn’t become a Republican and then decide that I was going to support a strong defense and the 2nd Amendment and be pro-life. I’m already in favor of the 2nd Amendment and being pro-life and a strong defense and fiscal responsibility. That is why I became a Republican.”
The letter also reminded Governor Ricketts that the Unicameral is nonpartisan and members support the state’s Constitution and not a particular party. A statement issued by a Governor Ricketts spokesperson reads “The collective will of the voters is greater than the will of any elected official”.