Former state Treasurer Shane Osborn has turned up the heat in the Republican primary for United States Senate, accusing Ben Sasse of being a Washington insider whose campaign is funded by Washington, D.C. special interests.
Osborn claims the experience of Midland University President Ben Sasse is that of a Washington bureaucrat.
“He spent nearly a decade out there and I’ve been back in Nebraska. The only time I have spent outside Nebraska was wearing this nation’s uniform in the United States Navy,” Osborn tells Nebraska Radio Network. “And I think that’s a big contrast. I don’t think sending a bureaucrat back to Washington, D.C. is the solution.”
Sasse is no bureaucrat according to his Campaign Manager, Tyler Grassmeyer, who points out Sasse served in the Bush Administration.
“He served his country for four years in Washington, D.C.,” Grassmeyer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I don’t know about you, but when I do my math, four years is not even close to a decade, not even nearly a decade.”
The Osborn camp also counts another three years when Sasse went to school in Washington.
Osborn has been critical how the Sasse campaign has been funded. Sasse has used his connections made during his time working in the George W. Bush administration to raise money for his Senate race.
Osborn says the Sasse campaign funding goes beyond that. He claims Sasse has gotten a big boost from Washington special-interest groups. The Sasse campaign makes a counter charge. Grassmeyer counters that Osborn is receiving money from a political action committee backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Funding has become enough of an issue in the Republican primary that Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale has made it a point to emphasize his campaign runs on money raised mostly from Nebraskans.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]