The Nebraska Democratic Party has voted to withdraw their resources and endorsement for Senate candidate Chris Janicek after he made sexual comments in a group chat about a female staffer. Janicek, who is challenging Republican Senator Ben Sasse for the seat, won the Democratic nomination just over a month ago after defeating six other candidates in the primary election. In the text messages, Janicek wrote that the campaign should use funds on “getting [the female staffer] laid,” then described a graphic group sex scene involving the staffer.
He tried to call the comments a joke and blamed them on lack of sleep, but the staffer said she could not support his campaign after what he had said. “You are my boss and a candidate running for Senate, [an] office held by just 100 Americans representing approximately 330 million of her people,” she wrote. “There is zero tolerance for what you said.”