Amid protest plans, Nebraska’s conservative governor is canceling plans to blunt for Stefanowksi – Natural Self Esteem

Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a passionate critic of efforts to enforce stricter gun controls after the recent mass shootings, this week canceled a planned trip to Connecticut to beat Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob Stefanowski over a scheduling conflict, his campaign announced Monday .

Democrats have already announced plans to protest Ricketts’ appearance at a fundraiser Tuesday night in Canton over the governor’s public stance on gun control and abortion rights.

The two-year governor was also scheduled to appear at a breakfast fundraiser for Stefanowski in Hartford on Wednesday morning, hosted by the Republican Governors Association, of which Ricketts is co-chair.

However, Liz Kurantowicz, a spokeswoman for Stefanowski’s campaign, said Monday afternoon that a “schedule change” caused Ricketts to cancel his trip. She said there are no plans to reschedule his performance.

A spokesman for Ricketts’ Nebraska office did not respond to questions about the governor’s schedule.

Stefanowski, a businessman who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2018, has been repeatedly attacked by Democrats and Governor Ned Lamont for his affiliation with Republicans like Ricketts, whose conservative positions on issues like guns and abortion contrasted with Stefanowski’s moderate approach to them social issues stand and center on an economic message, specifically hammering Lamont over inflation and rising gas prices.

Lamont’s campaign has sought to undermine Stefanowski’s dovish image in recent weeks, accusing Stefanowski of reversing positions he took four years ago and relying on the support of “extremist allies” in the national-conservative movement.

News that Ricketts was canceling his scheduled visit to Connecticut sparked a similar line of attack from the Lamont campaign on Monday.

“Having refused to release his consulting clients and his 2018 NRA questionnaire, this is just Bob’s latest attempt to hide his actual positions from Connecticut voters,” Lamont campaign spokesman Jake Lewis said in an explanation. “But Bob’s record speaks for itself: from the support of Trump and Trump’s judges who are about to rule Roe v. to overthrow Wade, to the point of his pledge to ‘veto any legislation that makes it harder for gun owners’. The simple truth remains that Bob is too extreme for Connecticut.”

Local Democrats who helped organize the protest over Ricketts’ performance in Canton also questioned the reasons for the change in plans.

Katie Kenney, the chair of Canton’s Democratic Town Committee, said she was initially surprised when she heard about Rickett’s plans to visit the city, which turned out solidly for Democratic President Joe Biden in the last presidential election. Stefanowski narrowly won City in 2018 when he outplayed Lamont by about 5 percentage points.

“In many cases the Republican Party in Connecticut has tried to present itself as more moderate, so I was surprised that they would want to align themselves with someone with such extreme positions,” Kenney said.

In response to Lamont’s comments Monday, he accused the governor of distracting voters from issues like the rising cost of living and an FBI investigation into a former official responsible for overseeing school building grants. She said if both fundraisers would still go ahead without Ricketts.

“As residents suffer from Biden/Lamont inflation, Ned Lamont will continue to do whatever it takes to distract people from his high tax policies and corruption scandals that make Connecticut harder every day,” Kurantowicz said. “Bob has a plan to fight inflation immediately, make Connecticut more affordable, and make the state government more accountable so these types of scandals don’t continue to plague our state.”

Tuesday night’s fundraiser was set to be hosted by former Hartford Life International CEO Greg Boyko at his farm in Canton. When asked for comment Monday ahead of the news that Ricketts had canceled the trip, Boyko declined to comment on Ricketts’ views on gun control or the protest Democrats planned to hold at an elementary school down the street .

“I’m only doing this to help my friend Bob Stefanowski get elected,” Boyko said.

Boyko could not be reached for comment later Monday afternoon. Kenney said she and other local Democrats still plan to hold the protest around 5:30 p.m

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