State Treasurer Don Stenberg makes it official, filing this morning for United States Senate in the Secretary of State’s office.
“I officially filed today as a Republican candidate for United States Senate,” Stenberg stated during a news conference after he submitted his paperwork. “I am running for the United States Senate because we need a new direction in Washington, before the things that make America great are swept away by this massive debt and irresponsible expansion of government.”
Stenberg has been trailing Republican Jon Bruning, the state Attorney General, in public opinion polls of likely Republican voters. Stenberg said there are two main differences between the two. Stenberg called himself a life-long conservative and accused Bruning of being a conservative of convenience.
“The other, I think, clear difference is that Don Stenberg ran for Attorney General and is running for the United States Senate, because I want to be a public servant,” Stenberg said. “Based on his record, we can say that Jon Bruning ran for Attorney General in order to personally enrich himself.”
Stenberg claimed that Bruning had increased his personal wealth from between $12 million and $61 million since being in office. Stenberg based the accusation on a series of articles published by the Omaha World-Herald.
Stenberg says the exit of incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson from the race shakes it up a bit. . .
“Well, Ben Nelson, despite the polls showing he had some difficulty would have been a very strong candidate; an incumbent United States Senator, $3 million dollars in the bank,” according to Stenberg. “So, in that sense, one very strong potential competitor has left the race.”
After filing paperwork in the Secretary of State’s office at the Capitol in Lincoln, Stenberg embark on a statewide campaign swing.