Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) has reportedly turned down an offer to lead the Heritage Foundation, one of the nation’s top conservative think tanks, as its president.
Politico reports that Sasse turned down Heritage’s offer, opting to remain in the Senate.
“Sasse, who was elected to his first term in the Senate in 2014, has swatted down the overtures from Heritage’s board of trustees, according to two sources familiar with the recruitment effort. The Nebraska senator rose to national prominence when he announced early in the primary calendar that he would support neither Donald Trump nor Hillary Clinton, and he has been a persistent critic of Trump ever since.”
“The entreaties are one sign that Heritage may be looking to change course after the May ouster of its former president, Jim DeMint. In the Senate, DeMint was a leading antagonist of establishment Republicans, and at Heritage he suffered from the perception that the organization was becoming too political — and too reflexively pro-Trump — as its focus on scholarship fell by the wayside.”
The 45-year-old conservative senator was a college president before being elected to the Senate in 2014, and has been critical of Trump’s rhetoric and economic policies, among others.
James Wegmann, a spokesman for the Senator, denied the rumors. “If you ask me if he’ll consider an offer to be the Huskers’ offensive coordinator, I’ll dodge. But the answer to these Heritage rumors is simple: Nope.”
A member of the Heritage Foundation Board of Trustees’ Presidential Search Committee, Kay Coles James, said that the group is considering approximately 200 people for the job. “Many of them nationally renowned,” she said. “We have engaged a professional search firm and we look forward to reviewing the candidates they suggest.”
Many anti-Trump conservatives applaud Sasse, and are asking him to consider a run to be President of the United States. “I think Ben Sasse should be president of the United States, not president of Heritage, probably, but other than that it’s a good thing,” Bill Kristol Weekly Standard editor-at-large said.
If Sasse does decide to run in 2020, he will certainly earn a great deal of support from conservatives not satisfied with Trump.