Senators defend Nebraska Democratic governor hopeful Krist

September 21, 2018

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Twenty-one Nebraska lawmakers have signed a letter defending Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bob Krist against Republican allegations that he drank alcohol on the job.

The letter released Friday was signed by current and former senators who served with Krist in the Legislature. The senators say they never saw Krist impaired by alcohol when he was in service to the state. The letter says the attack is without merit.

The Nebraska GOP released videos last week showing Krist sitting at a Lincoln restaurant with a beverage, standing behind the bar with his back turned to the camera and getting into his car outside the restaurant. State investigators who reviewed the footage say they couldn’t substantiate the allegations.

Fifteen of the signers are Democrats, five are Republicans, and one is a Republican-turned-independent.

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