Tea party PAC switches endorsement in Neb. race

By: AP
By: AP

Omaha, NE (AP) - A tea party political action committee, FreedomWorks, has rescinded its endorsement of U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn and is now endorsing GOP rival Ben Sasse.

The group made the announcement on its website Friday, saying it now believes Sasse is "the most consistently conservative candidate in the Nebraska Senate race."

FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe says in a statement that both candidates "are great people," but that the group switched because it believes that Osborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer and Navy pilot, has "formed allegiances with (Senate Minority Leader) Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class."

Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, expressed gratitude for the endorsement, while Osborn says the switch shows that Sasse is garnering the support of special interest groups from Washington.

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