1. Must be Peaceful, Respectful and Fully Law Abiding (#1 Rule of NAGO) – Not to be confused with complying to tyrannical or overreaching law.
2. Supports and Participates in NAGO Calls to Action
PASS/FAIL. Herbster and his team voice their support for NAGOs Calls to Action. Though Charles has yet to attend or show support for NAGO, the team has done a decent job of sending representation to a rally here and there in the first few months of his campaign. As of recent months there has been no engagement.
3. Supports Individual Freedoms
PASS. Herbster openly supports individual freedoms threatened by the Federal government, however, he avoids answering more specific questions affecting Nebraskans on a local level.
4. Supports and Participates with Liberty Minded NE Grassroots Efforts – Team Player
FAIL. At one point in time, the NAGO admins were informed that the Herbster campaign would not be showing up to support any Liberty-Minded grassroots efforts. Since that time, it has shown to be true.
5. Attends Local Meetings
PASS/FAIL. Herbster has never, to our knowledge, attended local school board meetings or community meetings. He has participated in Forums, Debates, and Candidate Meet & Greets.
6. Presents a Sense of Patriotism
PASS/FAIL. The ‘Patriotism’ most often presented by Herbster is on the coattails of a relationship with former President Donald Trump. While he has received that endorsement, we remind our members and public that it came at a high dollar cost. Along with ALL other endorsements received. There is not an endorsement for Charles that didn’t have a check on the other end. Herbster does present well the national level America First values that are of great importance to our country.
7. Outspoken/Well-spoken on Inalienable Rights
PASS. Herbster is well-spoken. He talks of inalienable rights and the need to stop the overreaching Federal government on a regular basis.
8. Doesn’t Cater to False Narratives
PASS/FAIL. On stage, Herbster caters to a few of the same false narratives that the squishy conservatives on mainstream media allow to perpetuate the erosion of true conservative values. Fortunately, over the course of the past few months as he grows in this race and listens to the other candidates and the constituents in attendance, Herbster’s message has greatly improved.
9. Acts/Serves/Talks/Promises in the Best Interest of Others – Type of Leader
PASS/FAIL. Herbster has strived for a political career. Seeking governorship is not a new venture for him and to this day he acts as though he can throw money and branding at every perceived issue Nebraskans face. Note that he has expressed and his actions have backed up a level of teamwork that gives us hope Herbster does care about including and listening to the needs and concerns of his constituents.
10. Prior Involvement/Achievements in Liberty Minded Efforts or Government
FAIL. Herbster’s involvement in government has been focused in the Big AG industry.
Summary of Candidate
Charles Herbster is the first candidate to have entered the race and for NAGO to have had interactions with as a candidate. Herbster has made it painfully obvious that he will accept establishment grooming as he runs around throwing money around to portray a successful candidacy. Herbster, along with 4 other gubernatorial candidates, chose to accept an invitation to a gubernatorial debate hosted by the state, despite having previously accepted to attend a gubernatorial debate with the Beatrice & Gage County Patriots scheduled for the same day long in advance. Since that time, there has been a shift in Herbster’s attention and presentation to the constituents he aims to serve. He’s shown a greater level of accessibility and growth in his message that consists of fewer false narratives.
Pertinent Evidence & Observations
- Nebraska Farm Bureau Candidate Forum: Opinion
- Nebraska Governor Race
- Herbster did send a done-up truck to join the American Freedom Convoy for the entire journey across the state of Nebraska.
***Updates may occur in the future.