Former Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts was selected to replace Never-Trump jacka$$ Ben Sasse in the US Senate on Thursday.
Ben Sasse, an outspoken Never-Trumper who voted to impeach President Trump following the January 6 protests.
The Nebraska Republican Party later rebuked Sasse for his vote and continued attacks on President Trump and his supporters.
In response, Ben Sasse dismissed that rare rebuke and lashed out at the Nebraska GOP saying, “Most Nebraskans don’t think politics should be about the weird worship of one dude.”
Democrats will miss him dearly in the US Senate.
Governor Ricketts has had an on-again-off-again relationship with President Trump.
FOX News reported:
Ricketts donated and supported Pillen in the Nebraska governor’s race.
Newly sworn in Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen announced Thursday that his predecessor, former Gov. Pete Ricketts, will fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Sen. Ben Sasse, who retired last week.
Ricketts, a Republican, will serve for two years before a special Senate election in 2024. An election for a full six-year Senate term would be held in 2026.
“I’m very grateful for this unexpected opportunity to continue to serve the people of Nebraska,” Ricketts said at a press conference, adding that he wanted to thank Sasse for his service.
Pillen said 111 people applied for the vacant seat, of which they interviewed nine. But Pillen said it was clear that Ricketts was the only one person for the job.
“I don’t believe in placeholders. I believe that every day matters,” Pillen said, adding that “placeholders don’t have any accountability to the people.”
The appointment came even after some fellow Republicans expressed reservations about Pillen selecting a benefactor of his.