EXCLUSIVE: Shane Osborn OUT for #NE02

Shane Osborn
Shane Osborn

In an exclusive to Leavenworth St., former State Treasurer and 2014 U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn has stated that he will not run for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat.

Osborn told Leavenworth St.:

This past year has been a great one. Stacie and I are enjoying raising our 4 kids and if that doesn’t keep us busy enough, I launched a new business in addition to my other two. I intend to concentrate my efforts there!

Osborn was expected by many to be an automatic leader in the race, with nearly 100% name ID and a fundraising base.

Instead the race is considered by many to be wide open — with retired General Don Bacon the only officially announced GOP candidate. Chip Maxwell said in 2014 that he would run in the 2016 race, but has not made any further announcements this year.

Other names that have been out mentioned to run are state Senator John Murante, former GOP House candidate Dan Frei, attorney and Douglas County GOP counsel Garth Glissman and possibly former state Senator Tim Gay.

With Osborn’s departure, many others could be tempted to jump in.

Democrat 2nd District Representative Brad Ashford has been lackluster at fundraising and has lost staff because of his apparent disinterest in the 2016 campaign. There have also been rumors that Ashford could be challenged from the left — with the name of current Hastings resident Scott Kleeb thrown around.

Congressional prognosticator Charles Cook has called the 2nd District race a toss-up.

We will keep you updated.


  1. Fort Street Fury says:

    I don’t think Brad would crush anyone, but yes he would beat Chip Maxwell.
    It would be great for Scott Kleeb to jump in. Plenty of CD2 Republicans would take pleasure in ripping him apart.

  2. Anon says:

    Wow, what happened to term limits? OWH and Ernie had your backs. Voter feedback? All the assertiveness in the last debate. Was there a plan to exempt sitting senators as part two. Or was it the tax relief you all were promising and the fact that you don’t need experience to do a crappy job .
    How about a CA for transparent committee votes that “thou doth protest too much”
    Give it some time and try next session

  3. It won't be Scott Kleeb that runs... says:

    …it will be JANE that runs. Run Jane, RUN!!!!!! (Word is that Jane’s campaign HQ will be the Energy Barn. They’re loading it onto a big smoke belching truck and bringing it to Omaha where it will be plugged into the power grid.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There is a big difference between the concrete “Shane Osborn has stated that he will not run” and the wide open quote of him saying “I intend to concentrate my efforts” on family and business. Its coy.

    Acting disinterested in holding power is an art cultivated by the best of candidates. It softens the boiling ambition that they all have if they can appear hesitant. Geo. Washington did it. Most do it.

    Being begged to run appears noble, while asking for votes appears slimy. Plus, as long as Osborn isn’t running, he’s not the target, others take the brunt and he can jump in later. Timing is vital and the coyness is wise. Moreover, it woos voters by the truth that they as voters much want whomever they choose. Of course, its only coyness if Osborn thinks he will become more attractive.

    Does it work? Maybe. Sweeper’s reaction was “Osborn was expected by many to be an automatic leader in the race, with nearly 100% name ID and a fundraising base… Instead the race is considered by many to be wide open…”

    Oh my. Republicans are adrift without Shane. The race is wide open. Ashford will be reelected. Wise of Osborn. He isn’t locked in. Has options.

  5. Anon says:

    General Bacon is a good candidate. I heard him at the Tax Day event and he has much improved his speaking style and stays on message. He’s have a natural advantage over Ashford on national security issues, which currently are polling as the #1 issue for voters. John Murante would be a good candidate too. He’s smart with private sector experience. The Mayor isn’t going to run. She has a better job that doesn’t involve commuting to D.C. Aimee Melton could take out Brad in 10 minutes but she’s too smart to want the job. What would be really cool is if we united behind the GOP nominee rather than seeing nearly 6% of the vote go to a pothead.

  6. Anon says:

    Is anyone tallying how many votes Murante abstains from? It’s a lot. Doesn’t seem like leadership, more like avoiding votes on issues that might come back to bite him.

  7. Anon says:

    re:11:21-Howard and others also. When Ernie has something going it seems that some do this to not appear to oppose him and avoid his attacks. It is a spineless bunch. Gloor’s germane move was chicken-s—

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ah, the spineless bunch is so designated by one of the brainless bunch.

    Well, you elected them, so you seem to think. Yet what exactly is your responsibility for the Unicameral. What is the percentage value of your one vote in determining any outcome in the legislature? Care to figure it out? Slot machines give you far better odds.

    Democracy is “the worship of jackals by jackasses”.

    “As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”

    Was Mencken wrong?

  9. Anonymous says:

    Now that Shane Osborn is officially out does that mean the team that was with him for the senate race will stop badmouthing Donald Bacon’s candidacy?

  10. Anonymous says:

    On Nov. 4, 2014, 552,115 Nebraskans voted for a governor and in some cases for a Unicameral Senator who is one of 49 other Senators. That means at best the value of your vote for governor was 1 in 552,115. It also means the value of your vote in you choosing those who saddle you with laws was 1 in 27 million. Senators in Lincoln don’t give a shit about anyone voter they just see the audience. That’s what Marx saw, and Adolph, Stalin, Mao, etc.

    Freedom is individual and it doesn’t come from voting but rather it depends on constitutional mechanisms, very delicate, which no one more than Nebraskans love to dick with like kids playing with matches.

  11. Fort Street Fury says:

    I don’t think any of Shane Osborn’s supporters were badmouthing Bacon. Conversely, I think it was some of the DCRP Paulbot clowns.

  12. Can you trust them? says:

    I would be concerned with the DCRP, if I was running for CD2.

    Last primary the DCRP leadership clearly selected who they wanted to win (without asking the Central Committee). Frei’s office was magically next door to the DCRP and much of the DCRP Exec Committee was publicly and privately working Frei’s campaign.

    When you have to work with them, just make sure that your campaign staff doesn’t get too loose with information with the DCRP staff. It will get to the other candidate. Keep the relationship cordial, but know they’re probably going to undercut you if they see the chance to help out their guy.

  13. Anon says:

    7:39A-wrong I did not vote for any of them. It is also more like the lottery, you do not buy a ticket you cannot win. Does your vote mean more? You come off as the elitist I mentioned. are you him?
    I don’t know that munchkin guy but the words said nothing to me.

  14. Concerned Citizen says:

    Believe him or not, but Jon Tucker has pledged not to intervene in primaries during his tenure as Chairman, and he hired an Executive Director that previously worked for Lee Terry. So, whatever your hatred might be of previous DCRP Administrations, I think things have changed.
    Everyone is united in the belief that Brad Ashford needs to be a 1 term Congressman. Those people I know active in DCRP leadership are all united about that, and will support whomever the GOP nominee is.

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