If what is taking place in Nebraska is a harbinger of things to come, this is going to be a very interesting election year.
In Nebraska, Midland University President Ben Sasse and state Treasurer Shane Osborn are both vying for a Senate seat. Both candidates have their share of supporters and endorsements. In fact, one of the major endorsements Osborn snagged was that of the well known conservative organization FreedomWorks.
Today, word comes from The Hill that FreedomWorks is switching their support over to Sasse.
“At issue, FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe said in a statement, is the unspoken support Osborn is believed to have from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the establishment?” Kibbe asked.”
What’s interesting here isn’t that Mitch McConnell came out and openly said he wanted Osborn to win, but apparently there was at least a hint of
machinations Mitchinations from the Senate minority leader’s camp.
“McConnell is reportedly opposed to Sasse’s candidacy, and the Washington Examiner has reported that McConnell’s former chief of staff is raising money for Osborn, and a group of lobbyists canceled a fundraiser for Sasse after McConnell’s opposition to the candidate became evident.”
Why do McConnell’s favored candidates not want his verbal acknowledgement? Have we gotten to the point where Republican candidates are running from a McConnell endorsement like Democratic candidates run from President Obama’s open show of approval? Or maybe Mitch knows not to speak too loudly about someone he really wants in his corner.
FreedomWorks may be a little late getting on the bandwagon. But, the more the merrier.