Nebraska gubernatorial candidate charged with second groping incident at 2019 dinner party

A spokeswoman for Mr Herbster’s campaign, Emily Novotny, said Mr Herbster “absolutely and unequivocally denies all of the allegations”. She said he would “take legal action” against Ms Todsen.

Mr. Herbster is a bitter political rival of Governor Pete Ricketts, a limited-term Republican who, like Mr. Herbster, has long been a major contributor to Republicans in Nebraska. Mr. Ricketts is supporting Jim Pillen, a member of the University of Nebraska board of trustees. A limited public poll on the race shows Mr. Herbster and Mr. Pillen are locked in a virtual three-way tie with Brett Lindstrom, a state senator who has drawn support from moderate Republicans and some swing Democrats. party affiliation to vote in the primary.

Ms Todsen’s account follows an accusation earlier this month from Julie Slama, a Nebraska state senator who said Mr Herbster also caught her at the same event.

Ms Todsen, 26, is a former political aide to Nebraska state lawmakers who now works for a fundraising firm in Washington. She did not respond to messages on Saturday and her attorney, Tara Tesmer Paulson of Lincoln, Neb., said she would not comment further.

Mr Herbster has denied Ms Slama’s account and has since run TV ads linking her to political rivals in the gubernatorial race while comparing himself to Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Brett Kavanaugh, who have both been charged inappropriate behavior during their confirmation hearings. Mr Herbster’s TV ad claims Ms Slama stayed in touch with him after the incident and ‘even invited Herbster to his destination wedding’.

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