And we are still scratching our heads.
Ricketts, along with former Governor Kay Orr, and then later with former CD-3 Congressman Bill Barrett criticized Bruning for his negative ads against Ricketts.
You got that?
Ricketts is mad a Bruning for the anti-Ricketts ads.
Now, this may come as a shock to those of you who own a television.
Because you have seen the tsunami of anti-BRUNING ads over and over and over and over and over again.
So, if Kay Orr and Bill Barrett are really that outraged about negative ads, you’d think they’d have a problem with the anti-Bruning ads, yeah?
Well, no. Not so much.
They don’t like Bruning’s anti-Ricketts ads because Bruning actually put his name on them, and well, they’ve endorsed Ricketts.
And once again, Pete denies ANY involvement, from his campaing OR his family, with the negative ads against Bruning.
Look…of all the protesting coming from camp-Bruning, we thought this one really summed it up:
With Joe Ricketts history of funding negative attacks against Jon Bruning in the 2012 Senate campaign, does anyone think he is simply going to sit this race out with Pete on the ballot?
Well, of course not.
Then again, do voters really care who is funding the ads?
Or do they just let osmosis do its thing and let the message seep into their brains?
It is our guess that at tonight’s Governor’s debate, Ricketts WILL denounce the independent expenditure ads. And will call for them to be taken down — but point out that he doesn’t have the power for that to happen.
Oh an by the way, no one watches these debates.
So Candidates, if you’re hoping to make some news, you better MAKE some news.
In case you missed it, the Club for Growth has a new anti-Osborn ad out.
See it here:
However, immediately on the heels of this ad, out came Auditor Mike Foley to correct what this ad claims.
“I worked closely with Shane Osborn when he was Nebraska’s State Treasurer. He served both his office and Nebraska taxpayers well by cutting budgets, eliminating waste and implementing transparency in government.”
And then GOP Chairman J.L. Spray noted in his weekly newsletter:
I know there is at least one advertisement touting the endorsement of a former chairman of the NEGOP; it is not however an endorsement by your state party.
This would be referencing Mark Fahleson, quoted in the CfG ad, who was one of the first Ben Sasse supporters.
Now all this is fine and good, but unless Osborn turns the Foley quote into a TV ad, ain’t no one gonna know about it…
Congressman Lee Terry has a new ad out called “Stop Them“.
See it here:
The Sioux City Journal noted yesterday that Governor Dave Heineman still may endorse someone in the Governor’s race.
If we were gambling on this, we would still put our money on either Bryan Slone or Beau McCoy. But Governor Dave may also pull back if he sees info that other candidates have a better path to victory.
In any case, if he does endorse, that will be a significant shake up in that race.
In the mean time, Pete Ricketts was endorsed by Texas Senator Ted Cruz and by Brian Bresnahan in an editorial in the York News Times (“All the Fits that Print the News!“)
**The York News Times editorial board itself has endorsed Jon Bruning.**
Jon Bruning was endorsed by the Nebraska Fraternal Order of Police.
Over in the Senate race, Ben Sasse was also endorsed by Ted Cruz, who will take part in Sasse’s North Platte rally on Friday.
Shane Osborn was endorsed by a group of Nebraska Conservatives:
Nebraska Republican Liberty Caucus President Laura Ebke, Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom President Doug Kagan, Nebraska Conservative Leader DeeDee Kelly, Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association Chairman Mike Groene and Omaha Liberty Ladies President Sheila Heieck.
We will do our best to live-Tweet the Governor’s debate tonight (but we make no promises).
In any case, if you’re Twittering, please use #NEGOV
debate, so everyone can follow along.
Starts at 7:00PM CDT and lasts 90 excruciating minutes.
Watch online at www.norfolkdailynews.com