“While many Nebraskans disagree with our president on many issues, he is deserving of the same civility and respect we give one another. There is no room for bigotry. I am deeply disappointed and unequivocally condemn these comments,” Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office.
“I respect the will of the people, but as additional information about the frequency of these bigoted comments on the blog has become available, it is clear that this controversy will hinder the State Board of Education from accomplishing its goals. Pat should tender his resignation and allow the Board to get back to work on its goal of improving achievement outcomes for all students.”
A post on the blog, “Objective Conservative,” referred to President Obama as a “half-breed.”
McPherson founded the blog a number of years ago. He co-edits it. McPherson has stated he didn’t write the post, but has refused to disclose the author.
Nebraska State Education Association President Nancy Fulton denounced the post, stating the bigotry displayed has no place in Nebraska.
Gov. Ricketts contributed $500 to McPherson’s campaign for the State Board of Education. Members of his family also contributed to the McPherson campaign.
McPherson shut down the blog Tuesday. He has disavowed the post in question.
McPherson issued this statement on the blog:
It has come to my attention that earlier today a post was made on the Objective Conservative under the heading, “No Free Lunch” or something similar. Upon viewing that submission I have taken action to have it removed and will monitor future submissions by contributors in a much more diligent manner.
While I have been involved as an active contributor, co-founder and co-editor to the Objective Conservative it has been my general practice to acknowledge my authorship of pieces such as I did with two recent submissions regarding the Omaha World-Herald. Unfortunately, I have not always had time to read all submissions by other contributors and I apologize for that.
I strongly disavow the racist tones evident in the piece and again will take appropriate action to assure such inappropriate content is not posted in the future by that contributor or any other.
McPherson is the former Republican Party chairman in Douglas County. He won elected to the Nebraska Board of Education in November to represent District Eight.