Despite calls that he release the names of all those who’ve applied to take Ben Sasse’s seat in the US Senate, Gov. Jim Pillen is refusing to budge.

In addition, during a news conference on human trafficking today when he was asked about his Senate selection, Pillen wouldn’t comment insisting he wouldn’t “water down” the trafficking discussion with the Sasse issue.

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It’s generally believed that Pillen will select former Gov. Pete Ricketts to replace Sasse.

Ricketts contributed heavily to Pillen’s campaign.