Another big endorsement for Republican Ben Sasse.
Club for Growth, a conservative anti-tax organization, has endorsed Sasse’s bid for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
Sasse, 41, is the president of Midland University in Fremont, Neb. He is one of four Republicans seeking to succeed U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns.
The endorsement comes on the heels of another major one for Sasse last month from the Senate Conservatives Fund.
The dual endorsements mean that Sasse may have both a national hammer and a national booster in his corner. In the past election cycle, both groups supported State Treasurer Don Stenberg’s failed bid for Senate — helping him in two different ways. The Club for Growth spent more than $700,000 on TV advertising hammering Stenberg’s key primary opponent, Attorney General Jon Bruning, while the Senate Conservatives Fund spent $1.3 million on TV ads touting Stenberg’s conservative credentials. In the end, now-U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer surged to victory in the primary, defeating both Bruning and Stenberg. A key reason given for Club for Growth’s endorsement Thursday was Sasse’s stated commitment to overturning the Affordable Care Act. Sasse, who was a top Health and Human Services Department adviser to former President George W. Bush, has made his opposition to the law a cornerstone of his campaign. “Ben Sasse is the rare candidate who can clearly and forcefully prosecute the case against Obamacare, not only because it’s an unconstitutional assault on our liberty, but also because he’s read every word of it.” said Chris Chocola, Club for Growth president. The three other GOP candidates are former State Treasurer Shane Osborn, Omaha lawyer Bart McLeay and Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale. Jim Jenkins, a Callaway rancher-farmer, is running as an independent.