Republican Jon Bruning reiterates his support for Pete Ricketts, who defeated Bruning in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
Democrat Chuck Hassebrook says Bruning has changed his tune since the primary.
Bruning, the state Attorney General, says he backs his fellow Republican, despite a bruising primary fight in which Bruning charged the Ricketts family with being behind negative television commercials against him.
Hassebrook has made reference to the primary battle in his criticism of Ricketts, drawing similarities between the general election campaign and the primary campaign.
Bruning denies that accusations now being leveled against Ricketts by Hassebrook mirror the complaints he had during the primary campaign.
“That’s yesterday. I mean, listen, we had a hard-fought race. Pete worked hard. I worked hard. Everybody tried hard,” Bruning says. “Pete’s a good guy. He’s a good man. He’s going to be a good governor and I’m confident when Nebraskans look at these two candidates, this isn’t a close call. Pete Ricketts is the right guy to be Nebraska’s next governor.”
Hassebrook says Bruning’s message now contrasts sharply with his message then.
“Jon Bruning certainly criticized the Ricketts aggressively when they were buying the primary election with multi-million dollar campaign of attack ads against him,” according to Hassebrook. “And the point is that Pete didn’t take responsibility for the ads then and he’s not now. He’s hiding behind third party groups to do his dirty work.”
Hassebrook acknowledges he cannot prove his point, because third party campaigns do not have to disclose their donors.
Ricketts denies his family is behind the negative ads.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:55]