A former state officeholder seeks a return to public office with his past a big part of the campaign.
Republican United States Senate candidate Shane Osborn emphasizes his calm under pressure in landing his Navy spy play in 2001 with all 23 crew members intact and his work as State Treasurer, handling Nebraska’s money.
“What’s broken is Washington, D. C. and that’s why I want to go out there, because I think that I can help try and fix it and I believe that I’ll have those abilities with the support of Nebraskans behind me,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Osborn drew national attention in 2001 when he successfully landed his Navy spy plane, saving all 23 crew members, after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. He and his crew endured 11 days in captivity before being released.
Osborn won election as state Treasurer in 2006. He decided against running for re-election.
Something Osborn calls “a horrible divorce” played into his decision to leave the Treasurer’s office in 2010.
“I received sole custody of my three kids,” Osborn says. “I’ve been married now for a little over two years; just celebrated my anniversary. My wife, Stacie’s great. She has a daughter. So, the four kids, it’s kind of like the Brady Bunch, but you know what, we’re happy and things are working well”
Fundraising has been going well. Osborn’s campaign reports raising nearly $234,000 during the quarter than ended last month.
Osborn hopes to replace retiring Republican Sen. Mike Johanns.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]