United States Sen. Deb Fischer denies any involvement in drafting a resolution at the state Republican convention seen as a rebuke of her colleague, Sen. Ben Sasse.
Fischer denies she had any input on the resolution sponsored by her nephew strongly opposing any effort by Republican elected office holders to encourage a third party candidate to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Fischer, during a conference call with Nebraska reporters, states flatly the allegation is not true.
“When I landed back in Nebraska on Friday morning, I received a text from my nephew saying he was going to introduce this,” Fischer says. “I immediately sent a text to Sen. Sasse and gave him a heads up that this resolution was coming and I let him know that I had nothing to do with it.”
Sam Fischer, Sen. Fischer’s nephew, succeeded in passing his resolution strongly opposing any effort by Republican elected office holders or party officials to encourage a third party candidacy for president, arguing it would pave the way for Democrat Hillary Clinton to become president and for liberal justices to be elected to the United States Supreme Court. Attendees at the Nebraska Republican Convention overwhelmingly approved the resolution.
Sasse has been prominent nationally as a Republican elected office holder opposed to Trump and seeking an alternative.
Politico published an article suggesting Sen. Fischer had to have been behind the efforts of her nephew, “Three well-placed Nebraska sources with knowledge of Sam Fischer’s effort say he’d never propose the measure without the tacit approval of his aunt. The state’s politics is too close-knit, and the Fischers have been longtime political allies.”
Fischer rejects the speculation and accuses the national media of seeking drama.
“Everybody at the Republican convention, they knew full well that the resolution came from my nephew. I was not involved. People know how that works.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]