Nebraska’s GOP gubernatorial race has become a nasty, slimy affair of political cannibalism and vitriol.
I mean what else can you expect when you mix oil (term-limited Gov. Pete Ricketts), gasoline (billionaire Charles W. Herbster) and fire (former president* Donald Trump)?
It’s gotten sleazy enough that national media has taken notice, as did Politico this week with a fascinating read: Trump, the billionaire family and the bull semen baron who divides them.
“The monthslong saga of Herbster’s rise — and Ricketts’ efforts to halt it — represents the latest unusual twist in a complicated relationship at the center of Republican politics.
“The ties between the former president and the billionaire, Chicago Cubs-owning Ricketts family.
“Most of all, the episode illustrates Trump’s primacy in the GOP and his willingness to spurn the party hierarchy, rebuffing a prominent governor in his own state to elevate one of Trump’s original political backers, a dyed-in-the-wool loyalist who was at both Trump’s 2015 presidential campaign launch and the Jan. 6 rally that preceded the deadly riot at the Capitol.”
Add GOP gubernatorial candidate University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen and a potential candidate in former Gov. Dave Heineman to the mix and one thing becomes painfully obvious:
There ain’t enough lipstick on the planet to pretty up this political pig.
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