Nebraska first lady backs Democrat in House race, thwarting Governor Ricketts’ pick | Policy

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LINCOLN — Nebraska’s first lady has given her endorsement — and a campaign contribution — to the Democratic nominee in the 1st District congressional race.

Susanne Shore is supporting State Senator Patty Pansing Brooks of Lincoln for the vacant seat representing much of eastern Nebraska.

“I’m lucky!” Pansing Brooks tweeted Thursday afternoon. “I (am) happy and grateful to say that I am endorsed and generously supported by my friend, First Lady of Nebraska Susanne Shore!”

A registered Democrat from Omaha, Shore is married to Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who backed Pansing Brooks’ opponent, Sen. Mike Flood of Norfolk.

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Shore and Pansing Brooks were friends during their political careers in the state and have a “shared passion” for children and children’s issues, a member of the state senator’s campaign told the Lincoln Journal Star.

Shore also contributed $4,100 to Pansing Brooks’ campaign as of June 2, according to his campaign.

Shore and Ricketts have backed opposing candidates in races before, the most notable being the 2016 presidential election pitting Hillary Clinton against Donald Trump.

Pansing Brooks and Flood are running to replace Jeff Fortenberry, who resigned from Congress after being convicted of lying to the FBI in an investigation related to illegal campaign contributions.

Pansing Brooks and Flood will face off in a special election on June 28, before facing off again in the general election in November.

Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District encompasses all or part of the 12 eastern counties of Nebraska, including Lancaster County and part of Sarpy County. Lincoln is the largest city.

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