Charles Herbster, accused of sexually assaulting 8 women, lost the Republican superior for Nebraska politician Tuesday to University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen.
The contention was mostly a three-way contention betwixt Herbster, a multimillionaire agribusiness executive; State Sen. Brett Lindstrom and Pillen.
In 2021, Pillen introduced a solution to barroom the teaching of captious contention mentation from the assemblage system. The Board of Regents, however, voted it down.
Yet overmuch of the attraction connected the contention focused astir Herbster ― some his relation with Donald Trump and his controversies.
Herbster is simply a longtime donor and state of the erstwhile president, and helium received a boost erstwhile the Trump endorsed him precocious past year. Trump went to the authorities to run for him arsenic precocious arsenic May 1 and held a tele-rally little than a week earlier the election.
“I person to support my friends, I person to support radical that are good,” helium told the crowd. “These are malicious charges to derail him agelong capable that the predetermination tin spell by earlier the due defence tin beryllium enactment forward.”
Trump’s endorsement of Herbster did not delight galore Republicans successful the state. Last year, outgoing Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) asked the erstwhile president to remain neutral. Ricketts aboriginal endorsed Pillen, saying Herbster would beryllium a “terrible governor.”
Eight women accused Herbster of groping them, including a authorities legislator successful his ain party. State Sen. Julie Slama told the Nebraska Examiner that successful 2019, she was astatine a GOP fundraising meal erstwhile she walked by Herbster. According to the Examiner, “he reached up her skirt, without her consent, and touched her inappropriately.”
Another pistillate who attended the aforesaid meal and has worked arsenic a legislative adjutant successful Nebraska, said Herbster besides assaulted her astatine the aforesaid dinner.
“For years I person struggled with an acquisition I had with Charles W. Herbster,” Elizabeth Todsen said. “At a governmental lawsuit successful 2019, Herbster sexually groped me portion greeting my table.”
Herbster took a leafage retired of Trump’s playbook, denying the allegations and attacking the women who made the accusations. He adjacent sued Slama for defamation, calling her claims “part of a greater strategy calculated to effort and defeat my candidacy.”
But the accusations took their toll, and Herbster mislaid his momentum. All 13 women successful the Nebraska authorities Senate ― which includes some Democrats and Republicans ― signed a missive saying that Herbster’s alleged behaviour was “completely unacceptable” and that helium was “unfit to serve.”
Trump won Nebraska by 19 percent points successful the 2020 election, and determination hasn’t been a Democratic politician determination successful decades. Pillen volition look Democratic authorities Sen. Carol Blood successful November.