Dan Watermeier, Nebraska’s State Senator for District 1, took a position in the Public Service Commission, leaving his State Senate Seat open. The Republican Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts, has now announced who he will be appointing to fill that seat to represent Nebraska’s 1st District in the State Senate: a 22-year old campaign aide who just graduated from college a few months ago:
Slama, who has worked with special-needs students as a substitute paraprofessional in the Auburn Public Schools, was press secretary for the governor’s successful re-election campaign.
“Julie will push for property tax relief, help create policy that supports strong families and work to grow agriculture,” Ricketts said.
“She will be a fierce advocate for rural communities and will help bridge the urban-rural divide in the Legislature.”
Slama, a 2018 graduate of Yale University with a degree in political science, said she will work to “cut property taxes, protect our pro-life values and create more opportunities for our farm families.”
Pete Ricketts joins the new Republican Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, in making a recent political appointment that does not appear to be based on what would typically be thought of as appropriate qualifications:
One of Gov.-elect Kristi Noem’s new hires has raised some eyebrows — not for their political positions or past statements, but for their relationship to Noem herself.
Kennedy Noem, a senior at South Dakota State University, will join her mother’s administration on Jan. 5 as a policy analyst.
It’s starting to seem like Republican politicians in states like Nebraska feel like they can do anything they want. Voters in those states really might want to re-consider the carte blanche they have been giving to the Republican party.