|Nebraska Governor (R) Pete Ricketts|
Then-State Auditor Mike Foley was running for governor at the time and was explaining during a debate why he opposed capital punishment, a position that would place him at odds with the eventual winner, Ricketts.
Voters are being asked to decide whether to ratify the Legislature’s repeal of capital punishment.
The group, Retain a Just Nebraska, on Tuesday distributed audio of Foley from that March 2014 debate.
“We don’t have a functioning capital punishment system today in Nebraska,” Foley was recorded saying. “Yet we’re spending millions of dollars pretending that we can execute people. We can’t do it. We don’t have the drug protocol in place, we don’t have the legal structures in place to carry out that objective.”
Ricketts has been a strong proponent of the death penalty and has invested his own money in seeing it restored.
On Tuesday, Foley said in a statement that he would defer to Ricketts. “The Governor sets policy, and he has been clear that his administration supports keeping the death penalty as an option for the most heinous crimes in Nebraska,” Foley wrote.
Source: Omaha World-Herald, November 2, 2016
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