Nebraska Democratic leaders have taken issue with comments made by Republican
state auditor Mike Foley.
Foley made a comment last week during a speech hosted by Americans for Prosperity that low–income people lack
State Sen. Jeremy Nordquist and Democratic Party Chairman Vince Powers said Foley should apologize for his remarks, saying the remark shows a lack of understanding of
Nebraska residents living paycheck to paycheck.
"Mike Foley owes the more
than 200,000 hard-working Nebraskans that live in poverty an apology for using
them to gain political points to win the favor of a radical group," Powers said in second call for an apology.
Foley says the comment was taken out of context and does not require an apology. He says the comment came from an hour-and-a-half speech, in
which he criticized the state for the way it managed an
energy-assistance program for low-income residents.
Auditors found that
the state sent nearly $8 million federal payments directly to customers,
instead of their utility companies as required.