Republican U.S. Senator Deb Fischer rejects the charge of corruption thrown at her by Democrat Jane Raybould during their State Fair debate.
Raybould tells Fischer during the Monday debate her campaign has sent a letter to the Senate Ethics Committee requesting an investigation into the growth of Fischer’s net worth from $300,000 to $4 million during her time in office.
“You owe an explanation to Nebraskans on how you got so rich while serving on our behalf,” Raybould tells Fischer.
Fischer says that as a rancher, her net worth can fluctuate depending on the day it is calculated. She tells Raybould the request will amount to nothing.
“The Senate Ethics Committee approves every single year my financial statement,” Fischer replies. “They look at it thoroughly. There is nothing questionable about it and I’m sure that they will be happy to respond to your letter.”
Speaking with reporters afterward, Fischer implies the request offends her.
“Yeah, that was really a low note in the debate and Nebraskans are going to see passed that,” according to Fischer. “I can’t believe that she would make comments like that. There’s never been any questions from the Senate Ethics Committee with regards to me. Never.”
Nonetheless, Raybould sticks with the charge.
“When you see that increased number of her net worth, how it skyrocketed from $300,000 to $4 million, wouldn’t you question that as well?” Raybould asks.
Raybould also charges Fischer has been corrupted by Washington during her six years in the Senate and has become beholden to her campaign donors. Raybould claims the $120,000 the Fischer campaign has received from the health care industry has influenced the senator’s votes. Fischer denies the accusation.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]
AUDIO: Democrat Jane Raybould questions U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s finances during State Fair debate [1:30]