Republican United States Senate candidate Jon Bruning defends comments made during a campaign stop in which he compared welfare recipients to raccoons.
In the speech, Bruning, the state Attorney General, complained that environmental regulations stopped road construction near Sargent to save a beetle. He described to a conservative group in Papillion that the beetles were gathered into a bucket that became easy prey for raccoons, stating that raccoons will take the easy route if it’s made available, just like welfare recipients.
“Maybe it was an inartful analogy. I can promise you I’ll probably make more. If you want a robot you are probably going to want to elect somebody else. I’m a guy who says what he’s thinking,” Bruning told Drive Time Lincoln with Coby Mach on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “And what I’m thinking right now is that you have a federal government that needs to cut its darn spending and I’m a little frustrated by it and I think a lot of Nebraskans are, too.”
Bruning’s remarks were caught on videotape by American Bridge 21st Century, a group that tracks Republicans, seeking political gaffes that can be exploited by Democrats. The group posted the video on YouTube. He spoke at the Heartland Liberty Fest, an event co-sponsored by the Nebraska Republican Party, Americans for Prosperity and the Libertarian Party.
Bruning is one of the five Republicans who have announced their candidacy against incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson, up for re-election next year.