November 16, 2022 17:36 GMT
Republican Senator Ben Sasse May Retire From Senate Early
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Chad Pegram at Fox News: "Melissa Sasse wife of GOP [Nebraska] Sen Ben Sasse suffered a non-life-threatening seizure over the weekend while on a hunting trip this weekend..."
- Pegram notes that, "Sen Sasse is expected to resign from the Senate before the end of the year to become President at the University of Florida."
- Senator Sasse (R-NE) is expected to miss at least a week of Senate business at a time when Senate Republicans face internal divisions over their leadership and party direct and the chamber prepares to embark on a busy lame-duck Congressional session.
- If personal circumstances prompt Senator Sasse's early resignation, it present headaches for Republicans as, under Nebraska state law, Governor Pete Ricketts (NE) has the statutory power to appoint Sasse’s replacement, before a special election to formally complete the Senator's term takes place in 2024.
- Ricketts has been tipped as the favourite to replace the outgoing Senator so if Sasse exits early the GOP may be left a Senator down for an extended period of time while protocol is formalised.