Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is still calling on a member of the State Education Board to resign after he was caught running what the Nebraska Watchdog describes as a “sometimes racist” blog that called Obama a “half breed.”
Pat McPherson, a member of Nebraska’s school board, ran a blog that included repeated references to President Barack Obama as a “half breed.”
McPherson, however, said he didn’t write the posts and expressed his disapproval before deleting them.
“I respect the will of the people, but as additional information about the frequency of these bigoted comments on the blog has become available, it is clear that this controversy will hinder the State Board of Education from accomplishing its goals,” Ricketts said in a January press statement. “Pat should tender his resignation and allow the Board to get back to work on its goal of improving achievement outcomes for all students.”
Gov. Ricketts, a Republican, says disagreement with Pres. Obama’s policies shouldn’t result in incivility and insult.
“While many Nebraskans disagree with our president on many issues, he is deserving of the same civility and respect we give one another,” Ricketts said in an earlier press release. “There is no room for bigotry. I am deeply disappointed and unequivocally condemn these comments.”
Other officials have also called on McPherson to resign, but so far he’s resisting.
“I don’t think people by and large feel comfortable with that type of a blog and that individual making decisions for schoolchildren,” Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray told KETV.
McPherson released a statement explaining why he refuses to resign:
“Doing so would be a tacit admission of the false accusations being made that I am a racist. I am not. It would also reward the partisan political efforts of the Nebraska Democratic Party as well as the efforts of the Nebraska State Education Association which spent $25,000 in support of my general election opponent. It would allow these entities to overturn the results of an election that they could not win.”