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Nebraska Candidate for Governor Accused of Second Groping Incident at 2019 Dinner

By , in Politics , at April 30, 2022

Charles W. Herbster, who has been endorsed by Donald Trump for Nebraska governor, was accused of groping a second girl at a 2019 Republican fund-raising occasion. He denies each allegations.

A second girl has publicly accused Charles W. Herbster, the Republican candidate for governor in Nebraska endorsed by former President Donald J. Trump, of groping her at a 2019 Republican fund-raising dinner.

Elizabeth Todsen mentioned Mr. Herbster grabbed her on the dinner in Omaha and mentioned particulars of the incident reported earlier this month by the Nebraska Examiner have been appropriate.

“For years I’ve struggled with an expertise I had with Charles W. Herbster,” she mentioned in a press release issued by her lawyer. “At a political occasion in 2019, Herbster sexually groped me whereas greeting my desk.”

The allegations in opposition to Mr. Herbster, a millionaire agribusiness government who is essentially self-funding his marketing campaign, have roiled the usually well mannered world of Nebraska politics forward of the state’s Might 10 main. The longtime Trump ally has adopted the previous president’s playbook in responding to the allegations, forcefully denying them, suing his first public accuser, a state senator, and tying her to his political rivals.

A spokeswoman for Mr. Herbster’s marketing campaign, Emily Novotny, mentioned Mr. Herbster “completely and unequivocally denies all allegations.” She mentioned he “shall be taking authorized motion” in opposition to Ms. Todsen.

Mr. Herbster is a bitter political rival of Gov. Pete Ricketts, a term-limited Republican who like Mr. Herbster has lengthy been a serious donor to Nebraska Republicans. Mr. Ricketts is supporting Jim Pillen, a member of the College of Nebraska Board of Regents. Restricted public polling of the race reveals Mr. Herbster and Mr. Pillen locked in a digital three-way tie with Brett Lindstrom, a state senator who has attracted support from moderate Republicans and from some Democrats who’ve modified their occasion affiliation to vote within the main.

The account from Ms. Todsen follows an accusation earlier this month from Julie Slama, a Nebraska state senator who mentioned Mr. Herbster additionally grabbed her on the similar occasion.

Ms. Todsen, 26, is a former political aide to Nebraska state legislators who now works for a fund-raising firm in Washington. She didn’t reply to messages on Saturday and her lawyer, Tara Tesmer Paulson of Lincoln, Neb., mentioned she would make no further feedback.

Mr. Herbster denied Ms. Slama’s account and has since aired television ads tying her to his political rivals within the governor’s race whereas evaluating himself to Supreme Court docket Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, who each confronted fees of improper conduct throughout their affirmation hearings. Mr. Herbster’s TV advert claims Ms. Slama saved in touch with him after the incident and “even invited Herbster to her vacation spot wedding ceremony.”

Ms. Slama mentioned on Twitter on Saturday that she was “grateful for Elizabeth’s bravery in coming ahead.”

Mr. Herbster and Mr. Trump are scheduled to seem collectively at a rally on Sunday in Greenwood, Neb. The occasion was initially deliberate for Friday evening however Mr. Trump moved it, he mentioned, due to storms forecast for the realm.

Kirsten Noyes contributed analysis.

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