Witek lost for Lieutenant Governor in the GOP primary earlier this year, and switched parties just last week.
Under the state's "sore loser" law, Gale said he
doesn't believe Witek
should be allowed to run for another office in November after losing for a different one earlier this year.
The Dems vow to bring an immediate lawsuit to place Witek
on the ballot, saying state law permitted them to name Witek
as the nominee as last weekend's state convention.
State Auditor Kate Witek switched parties Friday from the GOP to the Democrats, complaining to the Lincoln Star-Journal of a desire by the Republican leaders to have "total control of everything ... [with] a good-old-boy handful of people making the decisions.
in the state to get elected rather than govern.
Witek, a two-term State Auditor and former State Senator -- was Congressman Tom Osborne's runningmate for Lieutenant Governor in this year's GOP primary.
, 51, is a lifelong Republican and staunch pro-life advocate.
The conservative Witek was often at odds, however, with her
statehouse GOP colleagues as she
was unafraid to criticize Republicans and Democrats alike in her
capacity as State Auditor.
was largely responsible for bringing down the GOP
State Treasurer two years ago in an office funding scandal.
new party at the Democratic State Convention
on Saturday, where she
was named as the Democratic nominee for State Auditor by a 171-106 vote -- as no Democrat had filed for the office.
The split at the convention came from Democrats
was far too conservative to adequately represent her
While the State GOP Chair offered only a terse "no comment" on the defection, former runningmate Osborne wished her
well: "We appreciate Kate's
experience and expertise and we respect her
opinions and views."