Bob Krist, Who Had Said He Would be an Independent Candidate for Nebraska Governor, Now is a Democrat

On February 12, Nebraska State Senator Bob Krist switched his party registration from independent to Democratic. He had filed a lawsuit on February 1 against the 10% petition requirement for non-presidential independent candidates, but it appears that lawsuit will now be dismissed. He plans to seek the Democratic nomination for Governor, instead of being an independent candidate for Governor. Thanks to Mark Elworth for this news.


Bob Krist, Who Had Said He Would be an Independent Candidate for Nebraska Governor, Now is a Democrat — 6 Comments

  1. “The state’s two existing parties, Democrats and Republicans, have locked down the primary system and the party bosses have framed it as my way or the highway,” Krist said. “I don’t want to be a part of a system where party bosses dictate what needs to happen for the state’s 1.9 million residents.”

    …then, three months later, he did exactly that. Hypocrite.

    “We need to be more in the middle, more centrist in the way we think about things. The Washington, D.C., politics were coming to Nebraska.”

    …then he joins a corrupt party way to the left of the center. Hypocrite.

    “Nebraskans want a strong, independent leader who will lower taxes and make state government more efficient.”

    Joining the Democratic Party is the opposite of what someone with those beliefs would do.

    “Because of the increasing partisanship, Krist said he has decided to start a new party.”


    “I’ve decided not to answer to party bosses, as either a Republican or a Democrat,” Krist said. “I’ve decided to do it as an independent in the state of Nebraska.”

    …clearly not. Hypocrite.

    “…what I think the State needs to see is someone who’s going to stand up and say, “This is not a party. This is not a “my way or the highway,” this is a democracy.”

    …and yet he abandons the lawsuit he started to fight that. Hypocrite.

    “Nebraskans want an independent approach to government, a leader who preserves our unique nonpartisan traditions,” Krist said.”

    …clearly didn’t mean that either. Hypocrite.

    “His message would “focus on unity” and problem-solving rather than Republican or Democratic partisanship or party dogma, the Omaha senator said, and he would directly address the issues that are most important to Nebraskans.”

    …then he joins a dogmatic party, run by one of the most divisive figures in Nebraska politics in decades. Hypocrite.

    “I believe that independents in office can temper the hyper-partisanship of our political system, both in Nebraska and nationally. Many Nebraskans I know are wishing for a return to the days when party affiliation was not as important as getting the right thing done.”

    …independents can. Not those who critisize a party for years, declares independence and then joins it. Hypocrite.

    “But I am what I am,” Krist said. “I’m a Republican and I’m a centrist. I am not going to change my coat.”


    “People and property taxes are my priorities, in that order,” he said. “And I am a fiscal conservative.”

    …lying then, or lying now?

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