On behalf of Sen. Bob Krist, our colleague and former colleague, we are releasing the following statement to the news media regarding the allegations recently leveled against him.

We stand with Bob Krist, a principled leader and person of high integrity. A husband, father and grandfather who places his God, family and service to our country and state above all else. Bob served our country honorably for 21 years as a military officer and our state with the highest distinction the past 10 years as a state senator. We know this man.

We served alongside him, day after day — many of us for years — often working late into the night. We can speak to the fact that we have never seen him impaired by alcohol in any way when he was in service to the state of Nebraska. The attack against him is completely without merit. In fact, the secretly taped video allegations of alcohol abuse fail to show Sen. Krist drinking anything. These types of “gotcha” political tricks have no place in Nebraska. We are better than that.

And while there may be substantial policy differences between Bob Krist and Pete Ricketts, let’s all agree to conduct the rest of this important campaign for the next governor of our great state with integrity and honor. This kind of baseless character attacks has no place in Nebraska politics and should be stopped.

The voters deserve better.

Thank you.

Roy Baker, Kate Bolz, Patty Pansing Brooks, Kathy Campbell, Sue Crawford, Al Davis, Galen Hadley, Burke Harr, Ken Haar, Gwen Howard, Sara Howard, Rick Kolowski, John McCollister, Mike McDonnell, Adam Morfeld, Jeremy Nordquist, Dan Quick, Paul Schumacher, Norm Wallman, Lynne Walz, Anna Wishart

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