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Former legislative candidate sues Nebraska Republican Party

Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 15:48:13-05

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska City woman and lifelong Republican who unsuccessfully ran for the Nebraska Legislature is suing her own party, claiming the Nebraska GOP defamed her in ads and robocalls it sponsored to help her rival.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald reported that Janet Palmtag's lawsuit accuses the Nebraska Republican Party of knowingly lying in campaign ads that said she had broken the law and lost her real estate license. The party's campaign efforts in the race were intended to help state Sen. Julie Slama of Peru, who won the seat in the officially nonpartisan Legislature.

The bitter race exposed a divide in the state GOP, as Slama was backed by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who appointed her to the seat in 2019, while Palmtag was endorsed by former Gov. Dave Heineman.

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