Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Lincoln) was convicted last week of three felony counts in a court room in Los Angeles California.
Two of the counts involved campaign finance violations. The jury determined that Fortenberry illegally received funds from a non-American citizen and also lied to federal investigators about his activities.
And as Ellis Political Insights notes, Fortenberry has now decided to resign:
Rep. Fortenberry further says he will appeal the verdict and wrote in his official open resignation letter that “due to the difficulties of my current circumstances, I can no longer serve you (meaning his constituents) effectively.”
Since Nebraska’s candidate filing has closed and contenders certified, it is unclear at this time whether the Congressman’s name can be removed from the primary ballot. The only ballot related deadline that has not passed in relation to the May 10th primary is the period before April 4th when county clerks can make “corrections” to the ballot.State Sen. Mike Flood (R-Norfolk) is the leading GOP candidate in Mr. Fortenberry’s absence. Retired Air Force officer John Glen Weaver, teacher Thireena Yuki, and welder Curtis Huffman round out the Republican congressional field. The consensus Democratic candidate is state Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks (D-Lincoln).
Now that Rep. Fortenberry is resigning, Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) will call a special election to fill the balance of the term. Under Nebraska law, since the seat will open before August 1st of the even-numbered year, the special election must be scheduled within 90 days of the official date of vacancy. In this case, the vote must be held on or before June 28th.