Bryan Slone of Omaha is the potential newcomer in the increasingly crowded GOP primary.
Slone is a tax partner and the Omaha office managing partner at Deloitte Tax LLP. He leads marketplace activities for the Deloitte U.S. Firms in Nebraska.
Slone was also the treasurer for Governor Dave Heineman’s successful campaign. Back in the 80’s, Slone was tax counsel for Congressman Hal Daub, while Daub was on the House Ways and Means tax writing committee.
Otherwise, Slone has not been particularly involved in party politics in the state. He is successful, and is a relatively high donor to charitable causes. We are not sure, however, how that would transfer to spending on a campaign.
But it’s our understanding that he doesn’t have Pete Ricketts money to spend on himself.
We should of course note that we have NOT confirmed Slone’s entry into the race.
But, you can note that SloneForGovernor.com and BryanSlone.com web addresses were both purchased last week by Redstone Communications of Omaha. And the word we have is that Ryan Horn of Redstone, who last managed Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s successful campaign, would be the one to lead the Slone camp.
Depending on how he can sell himself in Omaha, let alone statewide, Sloan would further slice up the Governor’s vote pie. A slim slice could be the winning piece in that campaign. And we mentioned last week about Jon Bruning getting in if he felt like a small percentage could do it. The more in could possibly push him in and make it even more exciting.
Watch this develop over the next few days.
You may have seen that FreedomWorks, a Tea Party-ish group, endorsed Shane Osborn for the GOP Nebraska U.S. Senate nomination. That was seen as somewhat of a coup for Osborn, only in the sense that the Senate Conservative Fund and Club for Growth had endorsed Ben Sasse last week.
FreedomWorks noted that Osborn will fight to get rid of ObamaCare and fix it with something else, which has sort of been Sasse’s bread and butter over the past few months.
But FreedomWorks also took a shot at the Sasse camp’s recent “he’s very smart” line of fundraising, saying:
“The Senate does not need more smart people with generally nice sounding ideas, it needs heroes. The time for giant voices and strong principles is now,” Osborn continued. “Shane Osborn has proven himself to be all these things and more. Nebraska and the country will be proud of the work Shane Osborn does in the Senate.”
We will first just say, as we have in the past, that while Sasse may have gone to Harvard and Yale, Osborn (not to mention Bart McLeay and Sid Dinsdale) is no dummy. The Navy doesn’t hand multi-million dollar aircraft with huge crews to dopes who can’t do math.
And that being said, we think it’s fine that Osborn would also tout his other skills, beyond his education.
But…really FreedomWorks? The Senate “does not need more smart people“?
Are we going down the Roman Hruska line to represent the mediocre?
Ok, ok. We know that it went on from there. But could they have put out a more ham-fisted release than to say we don’t need more smart people?
By the way, this is the same FreedomWorks who said to the NRSC back in 2012 when Dave Heineman was considering getting in the Senate race after Freedomworks had already endorsed Don Stenberg: “Don’t tell us who to vote for in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary. Stay out of our backyard!”
Yeah. The FreedomWorks out of Washington DC. telling Dave Heineman to stay out of their backyard.
Again, we don’t blame the Osborn campaign for this at all. They have no control over what the FreedomWorks press release writer is going to email.
But, if those two start to bash each other over the head a bit, it will be interesting to see if Dinsdale or McLeay can pull a Deb Fischer and slip in.
It’s getting less and less early.
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