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Nebraska State Senator Bolts Republican Party, Plans to Run for Governor as Independent

Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist - leaving Republican Party

Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist announced over the weekend that he is leaving the Republican Party. He said he is planning to run for the governor of the state as an Independent.

Krist told the media that he plans to challenge the Republican governor, Pete Ricketts because “non-partisan attitude” needs to be restored in the State.

“I think the governor’s got us on the wrong track, as a State. I can remember being in the military. It didn’t matter whether the order was given by a Democrat, Republican, we worked together and we got things done,” Krist said.

He said he intends to put a new party on the ballot in the coming election. In order for him to successfully appear on the ballot however, he needs to gather at least 5,000 signatures from Nebraskans.

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Krist is the second high profile Republican to leave the Republican Party in recent weeks following the recent high profile departure announcement from former Florida congressman and current MSNBC “Morning Joe” host, Joe Scarborough.

Scarborough announced last week that he was leaving the GOP and becoming Independent following a series of recent tiffs with President Donald Trump who in recent weeks blasted him and co-host Mika Brzezinski.

He wrote an op-ed in Washington Post over the weekend attacking the GOP as a dying party “without a cause.”

“President Trump’s Republicans have devolved into a party without a cause, dominated by a leader hopelessly ill-informed about the basics of conservatism, U.S. history and the Constitution,” the former Florida congressman wrote in a Sunday piece for the Washington Post.

Noting that the GOP has been in steep decline long before the ascent of Donald Trump, Scarborough said Republican leaders have subjugated themselves to the corrupting influence of Trump.

“It would take far more than a single column to detail Trump’s failures in the months following his bleak inaugural address. But the Republican leaders who have subjugated themselves to the White House’s corrupting influence fell short of Lincoln’s standard long before their favorite reality-TV star brought his gaudy circus act to Washington,” he wrote.

Scarborough blasted Republican leaders for standing by while Donald Trump questioned America’s constitutional system of checks and balances.

“Nearly all men can stand adversity. But if you want to test a man’s character, give him power,” Scarborough wrote.

Trump “questioned America’s constitutional system of checks and balances” and “echoed Stalin and Mao by calling free press ‘the enemy of the people’,” he continued.

On today’s “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC, Scarborough marveled that the current Republican Party “would be unrecognizable to William Buckley or Ronald Reagan.”

“Those two men espoused a smaller and more responsible government and a ‘rational foreign policy.’ Even before Trump, George W. Bush promised to be a smaller-government conservative and talked about a restrained foreign policy. Instead, ‘we actually get record-setting deficits and record-setting debts and a foreign policy so utopian it would make Woodrow Wilson blush,’ Scarborough added.


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