Freshman Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerFive takeaways from the Scott Pruitt emails A guide to the committees: Senate GOP considers ways to ‘modernize’ endangered species law MORE (R-Neb.) said Thursday she would oppose former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelWho will temper Trump after he takes office? Hagel: I’m ‘encouraged’ by Trump’s Russia outreach Want to 'drain the swamp'? Implement regular order MORE’s (R-Neb.) confirmation as Defense secretary.
The decision is hardly a surprise, given Hagel's endorsement last year of a Democrat running against after Fischer for the Senate.
While Hagel and Fischer are both Republicans from Nebraska, Hagel sided with former Sen. Bob Kerrey in last year's election.
Fischer cited Hagel's “controversial views” and “confusing and contradictory” testimony at last week’s confirmation hearing in announcing her opposition.
“I understand no one has all the answers or is correct 100 percent of the time,” Fischer wrote in an Omaha World-Herald op-ed.
“But as an elected official, I also believe leadership requires the humility to admit being wrong. By refusing to acknowledge previous miscalculations on fundamental national security questions, Sen. Hagel has failed to instill confidence that he is the right leader for this position.”
Fischer is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will vote on Hagel’s nomination before it goes to the full floor.
A vote in the committee was delayed Wednesday after Republicans said they had not received enough information from Hagel about the funding of organizations he was affiliated with and his paid speeches.