How to Know Shane Osborn is in Trouble

by Rich Lowry

He’s gone negative in the Nebraska senate race, and with an incredibly lame and factually incorrect ad. Here it is:


A central claim of the ad is that Ben Sasse spent nearly a decade in Washington “as a government bureaucrat.” 

The Omaha World Herald reports on that claim:

Sasse spent about four years at three federal departments — Health and Human Services, Justice and Homeland Security. He also worked as chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska for six months.

Osborn’s campaign cited Sasse’s part-time job as a tutor for pages in the U.S. House, a position he held for two years while attending graduate school in the mid-1990s.

Even if the tutoring job is considered a bureaucratic position, Sasse’s time in government would add up to about 6½ years.

“Six and a half years is nearly a decade as the ad states,” said Bill Novotny, Osborn’s campaign manager.

So, there you have it: tutoring pages is the work of  a “bureaucrat” and six and half years is “nearly a decade.” Osborne has to be looking at pretty tough numbers to have gone this route. 

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