After an article in Politico, Shane Osborn has come out full guns at Ben Sasse.
And in response, through a friend at the Weekly Standard, Sasse has shot back with accusations at Osborn.
And much like the first shots at Lexington and Concord, thus begins the REAL battle for the Nebraska Senate seat.
Politico wrote a story that the Sasse forces claim is simply a rerun, stating that Ben Sasse “aided” a firm that has worked to implement ObamaCare.
It is unclear exactly what Sasse did for the firm — we have been trying to get our arms around, “health IT related project” — but that hasn’t stopped the Osborn camp from jumping with a press release:
Sasse is the only candidate who worked with individuals getting paid to implement ObamaCare.
You can read the article and decide what, if anything, happened.
Similarly, read Mark Hemingway — a personal friend of Sasse — at the Weekly Standard, who defends Sasse on the Politico article and immediately hammers Osborn for being “a partner in the firm and could conceivably benefit from the sale (of TARP assets) in other ways.” This is also referenced in the Politico article.
What is interesting here is that there has been an effort by each candidate to be the lilly-white, non-aggression campaign, similar to Deb Fischer in the 2012 campaign. The Osborn camp has decided to toss that aside, and fully take on Sasse. The Sasse camp has chosen to go through intermediaries, with a much less direct slam.
Of course this is still going to be massively inside-baseball stuff (perfect for us!), which really won’t hit the public until you see TV spot, a radio ad or….a door hanger!
Which leads us to…the latest from Gov candidate Beau McCoy!
See it here.
This is a door hanger going around the state (the left image is the front and the right, the back).
The info on Ricketts is pretty basic. His Platte Institute, which we have featured here on Leavenworth St., has taken some controversial positions on certain issues. As a think tank, that is what they do — and as a candidate, Ricketts can now explain his positions related to those. This isn’t too different from McCoy standing by his votes in the Unicameral. Comes with the territory.
As an executive with the Chicago Cubs, Ricketts will also have to stand by what the board has done. We can’t imagine that he does not have an answer to respond to these issues — the Cubs looking for public funds to fix the issues at Wrigley is nothing new.
We were a little surprised though at Ricketts reaction to the piece.
Former Nebraska GOP Chair Mark Quandahl had an email out before we even saw the hanger saying, “Beau began baseless, personal attacks against Pete Ricketts.”
Baseless? We aren’t sure either of these are baseless. If the Platte Institute position or the Arizona thing are not factually correct, that’s one thing. We suppose you could argue about the “Nebraska values” or “hostage” language, but we aren’t sure that makes them “baseless”.
But “personal”? How so?
We don’t see it.
But game on!
Fingers and toes crossed for some good seeds on Selection Sunday!