The Nebraska Republican Convention was and is a Mess
Dan Welch, the party chairman of eight years, has been fired for questioning the party...
Dan Welch, the Nebraska Republican party chairman, has been removed from his position as the split of the party becomes stronger between those in support of former President Donald Trump and those who want to keep the party normal.
After the vote to remove Dan Welch, most of the other state party leaders resigned. During the gubernatorial primary battle between two conservative candidates, the Republican party was split. Jim Pillen eventually won along with businessman Charles Herbster, who was endorsed by Trump.
Since his win, Charles Herbster was accused of groping eight women, and this was the start of the downturn and further split of the party. Herbster denied the allegations as well as filed a defamation lawsuit against Senator Julie Slama, who was one of his accusers.
Days before the convention, the division of the Nebraska Republican party was already beginning. The party refused to issue credentials to six activists who had been critical of Pollen or Ricketts. One of the delegates who refused to issue credentials was Matt Innis who was eventually arrested for third-degree assault and second-degree trespassing after he tried to enter the meeting this morning.
Dan Welch led the party for eight years and said he thought the disputes were related to the hard-fought gubernatorial primary that saw Ricketts and many other GOP leaders endorse Pillen. Dan Welch also mentioned that the party seemed to back Pillen during the primary.
Before being removed, Dan Welch told the convention members, “The only thing I wish you knew was the real information.” He has since been replaced as chairman by Eric Underwood who had introduced the motions that led to his firing. Not long after electing Underwood, the delegates voted in favor of a conservative resolution calling for election ballots to be counted by hand under video surveillance.