Nebraska Democrats have taken direct aim at one of the leading Republican candidates to challenge the re-election of Senator Nelson, but deny that indicates they believe he will be the GOP nominee.
The Nebraska Democratic State Central Committee paid for a full-page advertisement in both the Omaha World-Herald and the Lincoln Journal Star, the state’s two largest newspapers, on Wednesday. A third of the ad features a cartoon caricature of Bruning, a third is a rather long poem spoofing recent Bruning comments with the final third outlining various criticisms of Bruning’s work as Attorney General.
Nebraska Democratic Party Executive Director Jim Rogers denies the party took out the ad, because it believes Bruning will be the Republican nominee.
“In terms of the Republican primary, you’re guess is as good as mine as to who’s going to win that primary,” Rogers tells Nebraska Radio Network.
That may be, but Democrats have targeted Bruning of late. Sen. Nelson’s re-election campaign has sent out fundraising letters this week calling Bruning a “verbal bully”. In the letter, Nelson campaign manager Paul Johnson refers to Bruning’s remark comparing welfare recipients to raccoons.
The Bruning campaign declined a request from Nebraska Radio Network for an interview.
Campaign Manager Trent Fellers preferred to issue a statement:
Ben Nelson’s votes for Obamacare and big government spending just don’t align with Nebraska values and neither do his politics. These desperate actions show just how out of touch Ben Nelson and his political machine are with Nebraska voters who time and time again have rejected dirty politics like this.
Bruning is one of five candidates in the Republican primary, seeking a chance to challenge Nelson’s re-election in 2012. Two other high-profile Republicans are State Treasurer Don Stenberg and State Senator Deb Fischer of Valentine.