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FreedomWorks flips in Neb. Senate race (withdraws Osborn endorsement, now backs Sasse!)
thehill.com ^ | 3/28/14 | Alexandra Jaffe

Posted on 03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT by cotton1706

In a major blow to former Republican state Treasurer Shane Osborn’s candidacy for Nebraska Senate, national conservative group FreedomWorks is withdrawing its endorsement and backing his main primary rival, Midland University President Ben Sasse, instead.

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.

“At this point, it is clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class. For us, that progression away from the grassroots has tipped the balance. FreedomWorks PAC has a responsibility to endorse the most reliable candidate for liberty, and after following the evolution of this primary, it’s clear that Ben Sasse is the man for the job,” he added. 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.

Sasse now has the backing of nearly all the major national conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund. He's also drawn the support of conservative leaders ranging from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

Osborn does have the backing of social conservative leader Phyllis Schlafly and the anti-abortion Concerned Women PAC, among others.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Kentucky; US: Nebraska; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: alaska; bensasse; clubforgrowth; elections; freedomworks; kentucky; mattkibbe; mikejohanns; mikelee; mitchmcconnell; nebraska; phyllisschlafly; sarahpalin; shaneosborn; utah

1 posted on 03/28/2014 1:54:55 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Stick with McConnell, face the consequences! Sasse’s election will mean one less vote for McConnell for leader (if he’s still there after November!)


2 posted on 03/28/2014 1:57:09 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706

ATTENTION RAND PAUL!!

This is how you do it.

You don’t make excuses, you just endorse the right candidate (Tea-Party: Bevin) even if you made a mistake and endorsed the GOP-E candidate first (McConnell).


3 posted on 03/28/2014 1:57:56 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: cotton1706

Good news!! Come on conservatives, let’s all unite and support Sasse. It will annoy the hell out of McConnell and the GOPe rulers in Washington DC.


4 posted on 03/28/2014 1:58:46 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: SoConPubbie

“You don’t make excuses, you just endorse the right candidate (Tea-Party: Bevin) even if you made a mistake and endorsed the GOP-E candidate first (McConnell).”

I think Paul endorsed McConnell to get that law changed in Kentucky so he could run for both senate and the presidency. Now that the law’s been changed, he can back off (maybe not publicly) and help Bevin behind the scenes.


5 posted on 03/28/2014 2:05:47 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
I think Paul endorsed McConnell to get that law changed in Kentucky so he could run for both senate and the presidency. Now that the law’s been changed, he can back off (maybe not publicly) and help Bevin behind the scenes.

No, wrong approach.

If Rand is actually and sincerely a Tea-Party conservative, he will reverse course and publicly endorse Bevin.

Otherwise, his protestations not withstanding, his so-called Tea-Party credentials don't mean squat.
6 posted on 03/28/2014 2:08:53 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: SoConPubbie

“Otherwise, his protestations not withstanding, his so-called Tea-Party credentials don’t mean squat.”

I think Paul’s playing a very shrewd game. I think he’s got his eye on the presidency and is doing what needs to be done. With him as the executive, he can (and I believe will) turn back a lot of this stuff. And if we can all vote for McCain and Romney, we can all certainly vote for Paul.


7 posted on 03/28/2014 2:11:34 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: cotton1706
I think Paul’s playing a very shrewd game. I think he’s got his eye on the presidency and is doing what needs to be done. With him as the executive, he can (and I believe will) turn back a lot of this stuff. And if we can all vote for McCain and Romney, we can all certainly vote for Paul.

I don't think he is shrewd at all.

He's pandering to voting blocks vs. standing on principle.

He is selling out to the GOP-E on policies important to conservatives though:

1. His own Amnesty plan.
2. Putting Social issues on the back-burner.
3. Extremely weak on Foreign Policy
4. Supporting a horrible GOP-E candidate in McConnell over a up and coming principle tea-party candidate in Matt Bevin.

Sorry, those aren't actions of a "shrewd" statesman, but the actions of a conniving Politician that will do almost anything to get elected.

With each passing month, he sounds and acts more like Mitt Romney.

And, BTW, though I voted for McCain because of Palin, I did not and will not vote for another sell-out like Mitt Romney.

Sadly, if Rand Paul continues on the trajectory he is on, there won't be a dime's worth of difference between him and Romney.
8 posted on 03/28/2014 2:16:39 PM PDT by SoConPubbie (Mitt and Obama: They're the same poison, just a different potency)
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To: cotton1706

Babyish. Glad I haven’t sent money to Freedom Works.

Ya know, we are looking more and more like the Democrat party of the late 70s to late 80s....sniping, hating each other more than the common enemy, divided, and unable to work within the cause.

Yeah, yeah, I know the establishment sucks. I agree....but finding decent, conservative Republicans to take the place of Democrats ought to be our first goal. And we focus like laser beams on fighting each other.

Pretty sad.


9 posted on 03/28/2014 2:18:27 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: cotton1706

Great news.

McConnell should be made a pariah by all conservatives.

Also, this is tit-for-tat in that McConnell pressured individual Republican Senate campaigns and other party organizations not to hire Jamestown Associates after the SCF hired Jamestown to work for some of SCF’s candidates.


10 posted on 03/28/2014 2:37:46 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: cotton1706

You can understand if people are confused.

Id rather be take money from by McConnell and the Senate leadership, than Paul Ryan and Dick Goofy Armey.


11 posted on 03/28/2014 2:42:15 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: cotton1706

Hmmmm


12 posted on 03/28/2014 3:07:24 PM PDT by CPT Clay (Follow me on Twitter @Clay N TX)
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To: cotton1706

Mitch is labeled a plague


13 posted on 03/28/2014 3:44:30 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (Im missing a jumbo jet with 235 passengers has anyone seen it?)
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To: SoConPubbie

I just get the feeling that there’s something else going on, that there’s a wider game being played here. Paul doesn’t need the establishment. Usually a politician will cozy up the establishment because they have the machinery to get elected, the senator and governor endorsements put their armies to work who know all the arcane ballot rules.

But Paul doesn’t need that at all. He already has his father’s organization in all fifty states, who have learned all the rules in the past two elections. They know all the games. I get the feeling that Paul’s a different animal, as Reagan was, that, like how McCain and Romney used conservatives to try to gain power, Paul is using the establishment to get certain things done while he spins circles around them while they’re not looking. He’s already putting together different coalitions.

I could be wrong of course, and am not so naïve as to think that politicians don’t succumb to the powers that be. I just think that Paul is not at all intimidated by them. He did his filibuster right in their teeth, does things his own way, and without telling them first.

I detect a plan to thread the needle to the nomination, and with that, to election, with the establishment left holding an empty bag.


14 posted on 03/28/2014 3:46:22 PM PDT by cotton1706 (ThisRepublic.net)
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To: SoConPubbie

Rand Paul seems a bit too squirrelly for me.


15 posted on 03/28/2014 3:49:01 PM PDT by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: SoFloFreeper
Sasse now has the backing of nearly all the major national conservative groups, including the Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund. He's also drawn the support of conservative leaders ranging from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) to Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah).

So this group got on board with everyone else after learning some new negatives, what is the problem?

16 posted on 03/28/2014 4:16:10 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: cotton1706

Paul has already moved to the the GOPe left, and is staking out that territory on social issues, he is beginning to look like another Liz Cheney.


17 posted on 03/28/2014 4:18:24 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: cotton1706

Good news!


18 posted on 03/28/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Re: Your Post #3: RIGHT ON!


19 posted on 03/28/2014 6:41:05 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: ansel12

Are Enzi, Crapo, Barasso, Risch RINOs because they have the backing of Mitch?

The Club for Amnesty endorsed Rubio and Flake.

Toomey has supported Orrin Hatch and Lindsey Graham.


20 posted on 03/29/2014 5:11:53 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

I have no idea what you are trying to say, or how it relates to the fact that Paul has kicked off his presidential campaign, calling for the party to move left and drop at least one leg of conservatism.

Liz Cheney had to drop out because she was too left for instance on gay marriage and homosexualizing the military.


21 posted on 03/29/2014 6:31:39 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

Liz Cheney talked big and so does Ben Sasse. Im not convinced either of them were any more conservative than their establishment opponent.


22 posted on 03/29/2014 6:32:55 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

HuH?

Liz Cheney obviously wasn’t, that is why she had to drop out, there isn’t any doubt about her.


23 posted on 03/29/2014 6:36:15 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: cotton1706

This stinks to Heaven ... Please explain the Flip-flop in light of Matt Kilbbe’s previous words ...

FreedomWorks: Sasse “Supports The Basic Principles Of Obamacare”:

“But there’s a problem. Mr. Sasse, a wealthy former business management consultant with a long list of health industry clients, is positioning himself as a staunchly ‘anti-Obamacare’ candidate; but that doesn’t square with his past record, a careful review of which reveals four things: 1. He supports the basic principles of Obamacare, if not all the details. 2. While Obamacare was being drafted, he offered its authors advice on how to improve it. 3. After Obamacare became law, he prospered by advising health care companies how to implement it. 4. He wants to replace it with what may fairly be described as ‘ObamaCare Lite.’” (Dean Clancy, “The Trouble With Sasse,” FreedomWorks, 1/29/14)

WILL THE REAL BEN SASSE PLEASE STAND UP?
http://d7.freedomworks.org/content/will-real-ben-sasse-please-stand

THE TROUBLE WITH SASSE
http://d7.freedomworks.org/content/trouble-sasse

NOT SO ‘NEBRASKA NICE’
http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/202256-not-so-nebraska-nice

I don’t know who to believe, but I smell a rat, particularly since, from my own personal observations I note that:

1.) Ben Saase is way to smooth.
2.) He is way too well funded.
3.) Assistant secretary of HHS under George W. Bush.
4.) Sasse worked on Mitt Romney’s transition team
5.) My gut does not trust him

What say you, Freepers?


24 posted on 03/31/2014 6:04:17 PM PDT by WTFOVR (I find myself exclaiming that expression quite often these days!)
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To: WTFOVR

What say you, Freepers? I say that your criticisms of Sasse are a bit specious.

1.) too smooth.
2.) too well funded.
3.) George W. Bush
4.) Mitt Romney
5.) Your gut

So you’re leaning against a guy because he worked for our last president, he supported our last nominee and you just sort of have a visceral dislike for him? Sasse has the support of Mark Levin, frankly that’s enough for me. But he also has the endorsement of nearly every other sector of the conservative movement. The only reason Osborn has been leading until this point is that Sasse received support from the Senate Conservatives Fund before he went hat in hand to McConnell and the GOP establishment. Osborn is a good candidate, I’m not going to criticize him at all, but McConnell is backing him hard because he feels like he has a better chance to control him. That’s the only thing about this race that stinks to me.


25 posted on 04/03/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT by Blackyce (French President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: cotton1706

WOW! At least I don’t have a dog in that fight!


26 posted on 04/03/2014 11:35:39 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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