FreedomWorks Pulls Support from Shane Osborn, Endorses Sasse in Neb. Senate Race

by Patrick Brennan

FreedomWorks PAC, the political-action group associated with the libertarian Washington think tank of the same name, has decided to withdraw its endorsement of one candidate in the Nebraska Senate race, Shane Osborn, and endorse Ben Sasse, a college president and former federal health-care official and business consultant.

Sasse, who was featured on the cover of National Review in January, has received endorsements from a range of conservative figures and groups, though Osborn had a few to tout, too — besides FreedomWorks, he had the endorsement of conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly and former presidential candidate Steve Forbes. FreedomWorks’ president, Matt Kibbe, said the decision was made because it’s become “clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with [Senate majority leader] Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class.”

Sasse has clashed with McConnell over the support he’s received from the Senate Conservatives Fund, a political-action group that’s feuded with McConnell and supports his primary opponent.

“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 said in a statement.

“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 said.

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