Newspaper article Roll Call

Veterans Blast Shane Osborn on TV in Senate Race

Newspaper article Roll Call

Veterans Blast Shane Osborn on TV in Senate Race

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Updated 4:56 p.m. | The 60 Plus Association has debuted a new ad in the Nebraska Senate race that features veterans attacking former state Treasurer Shane Osborn as dishonest and deceitful.

Osborn, who served in the Navy, faces Midland University President Ben Sasse and banker Sid Dinsdale in a competitive Republican primary for Senate.

The group airing the spot, 60 Plus, is backing Sasse in the May 13 primary.

In the script for the ad, published first by Roll Call, three retired Nebraska veterans, Col. Kevin L. Neuman, who served in the Army; Capt. Danny Mason, who served in the Navy; and Brig. Gen. Carl Lorenzen, who served in the Air Force, say they cannot vote for Osborn because they feel he has been dishonest in his behavior since his military service.

"When I was in Officer Candidate School, one of the codes of conduct that we had to live by was 'I will not lie, cheat, or steal nor will I tolerate those that do so. For that very reason, I cannot support Shane Osborn and I will not vote for him," Neuman says.

The veterans point to news reports in March that Osborn was circulating a fake memo from the Navy lauding his actions during the Hainan Incident in 2001, when the reconnaissance plane that Osborn was piloting over China collided with a Chinese Navy Jet. Osborn was forced to land the plane in China, where he was held and interrogated for 12 days. The memo turned out to not be an official Navy document, but rather, written by a friend of Osborn's who worked in the Pentagon.

"An officer that's willing to stoop to something like create a fake memo just shows a total lack of

character and is not someone that we need in the United States Senate," Lorenzen says in the ad.

The $250,000 buy begins on Saturday, and is set to run through May 12, according to a source with knowledge of the buy.

Osborn campaign manager Bill Novotny blasted the buy as "disrespectful. …

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