Republican U.S. Senate candidate Shane Osborn landed a big endorsement Monday from a group that has strong ties to the Tea Party movement.
FreedomWorks, a conservative group that has pushed for Republicans to take a tough stance on the fiscal cliff debates in Washington, D.C., said Osborn is the clear choice for those who support “limited government.”
Osborn, a former Nebraska state treasurer, is one of four Republicans seeking the GOP nomination in the May primary.
Osborn “has a proven track record of opening up government for the world to see and stood with the grass-roots uprising before it was cool. He has never abandoned the fight. Shane Osborn’s dedication to constitutional principles and a return to fiscal sanity is beyond reproach,” said Matt Kibbe, president of FreedomWorks.
The group’s endorsement comes as two other key conservative organizations have backed one of Osborn’ main Republican opponents. Both Club for Growth and the Senate Conservatives Fund have thrown their support behind Ben Sasse, who is president of Midland University in Fremont.
The two other Republicans in the race are Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.
So far no Democrat has formally entered the race, although Omaha attorney David Domina has said he is considering a bid. In addition, Callaway rancher Jim Jenkins has mounted a bid as an independent candidate.
FreedomWorks was founded with the help of former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, who has since parted company with the organization over a disagreement with its president. The two are co-authors of the book “Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto.”
In the last election the group endorsed Don Stenberg, who lost in the May primary to Deb Fischer, now U.S. senator.
During that election the group spent more than $70,000 in support of Stenberg.