Nebraska’s Republican primary for United States Senate has heated up.
State Treasurer Don Stenberg took a shot at Republican front-runner Jon Bruning during his news conference after filing for United States Senate in the Secretary of State’s office.
“Don Stenberg is a genuine life-long conservative and Jon Bruning is a conservative of convenience,” Stenberg stated.
Stenberg also claimed Bruning had personally enriched himself while in office, referring to a series of articles in the Omaha World-Herald that detailed Bruning’s work on a number of boards of directors. It estimated his personal wealth grew between $12 million to $61 million.
Bruning, the state Attorney General, acknowledged being a Democrat in his youth.
“I’m not quite sure how many decades I’ve got to have as a Republican before Don Stenberg says that’s enough, but I do know that Ronald Reagan became a Republican at age 50. I became a Republican in my early 20s,” Bruning told Nebraska Radio Network in an interview.
Bruning also rejected Stenberg’s accusation that he’s enriched himself in office, stating he’s proud of the job he’s done as attorney general. Bruning levels an accusation of his own, saying that Stenberg will say about anything to win the campaign.