State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte takes to the legislative floor to claim an Internet troll has distorted his views and prompted threats to his family.
Groene also takes a shot at the Bob Krist campaign for governor, claiming the campaign has featured him in a misleading Facebook post.
Groene addresses colleagues during a point of personal privilege, saying a fake Facebook page had been opened to claim he was a white supremacist, among other charges.
“My family has been threatened by violence. It is under investigation,” Groene tells colleagues. “I’m going to stand up to those who want to silence free speech and political debate.”
Groene says Facebook has taken down the page. The Nebraska State Patrol is investigating the threats.
The Lincoln Journal Star reported on a social media spat Groene got into last week.
Groene also complains about a political post which features criticism he had leveled against Gov. Pete Ricketts.
The Bob Krist for Governor Facebook page features a photo and a quote from Groene.
Groene says the post is misleading, because it implies he doesn’t support the governor.
“I have supported Gov. Ricketts in the past and I will continue to support him for governor of the state of Nebraska,” Groene says. “He’s a political ally and a friend. We differ on issues, but the man is honest.”
Groene says the Krist campaign used his image without his permission.
AUDIO: Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte addresses the Unicameral on a point of personal privilege. [2:23]