They chanted. They carried signs. They protested outside as U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer spoke inside.
Approximately 200 people rallied outside the Grand Manse in downtown Lincoln as Fischer spoke privately to a gathering of the Lincoln Independent Business Association inside.
Such protests have followed both Fischer and Sen. Ben Sasse, both back in Nebraska during a Congressional recess.
Nebraska Democratic Grassroots Director Nate Gadzinski says the protestors are critical of Fischer for not holding town hall meetings while back in the state.
“Here you have a situation where the senator of a very red state is afraid to hold a town hall meeting, because she does not want to listen,” Gadzinski tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Gadzinski accuses Fischer of not engaging with Nebraskans, because she doesn’t want to hear what they have to say.
“It’s very easy to plug your ears and pretend everything is fine, but if she’d actually go down and start talking to people in Nebraska she would get a very different impression of how they evaluate her performance,” Gadzinski says. “In particular, I think, what is driving a lot of this would probably be the Betsy DeVos vote.”
Fischer cast a crucial vote to confirm DeVos as Education Secretary. It took Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm DeVos as the Senate deadlocked on the nominee.
Gadzinski says Fischer’s vote goes against Fischer’s campaign rhetoric.
“Her mother was a public school teacher,” Gadzinski says. “She never failed to roll that out in her campaign and then she goes and she votes for one of the most ideologically dangerous Secretary of Education picks we’ve ever had, not to mention someone with absolutely zero experience in education.”
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.