Ricketts pointed to votes the senators made to override his vetoes on such things as a gas tax hike, death penalty repeal, and allowing illegal immigrants to get a professional license.
“When you make votes that are not what the people in your district want,” Ricketts told reporters, “they’re going to hold you accountable for that.”
The five incumbents who finished second in Tuesday’s Primary Election voted to override some or all of his vetoes.
They are Democrats Rick Kolowski and Sue Crawford, and Republicans Al Davis, Jerry Johnson, and Les Seiler.
In the case of Seiler, Ricketts is supporting his challenger, Steve Halloran, who is also a Republican.
“That would be an example of what I was talking about votes matter,” Ricketts says, “and when you make votes that are not in line with the people of your district, it’s going to be a problem for you.”
Seiler trailed Halloran in the Primary Election by nearly 2,000 votes, but both will be on the General Election ballot.
The governor says he has not made an endorsement in the Davis race against Tom Brewer or the Johnson race against Bruce Bostelman. All four candidates are Republicans.