Super PAC Uses Candidate’s Kids to Attack His Campaign
Posted at 3:28 p.m. on May 6, 2014
A Super PAC released a new advertisement attacking Republican Ben Sasse for trying to “hide behind” his children, one week before the Senate GOP primary in Nebraska.
The 15-second ad, posted to YouTube on Tuesday, which says it is paid for by the Freedom Pioneers Action Network, takes footage from an ad run by Sasse, in which his two daughters talk about how conservative their father is and how much he dislikes Obamacare.
“Fact: Ben Sasse said Obamacare ‘is an important first step,’ ” says a female narrator, pointing to a quote that has been repeatedly leveled against Sasse, which he says was taken entirely out of context.
“Then he dodged responsibility,” the narrator says, as a clip of Sasse’s daughters talking in the candidate’s ad runs.
“Tell Ben Sasse, Nebraskans protect their families, they don’t hide behind them,” the narrator says.
The super PAC’s treasurer, Justin Brasell, did not respond to a request for comment. An expenditure report has not yet been filed with the Federal Election Commission for this ad.
According to FEC filings, the Super PAC previously spent more than $100,000 attacking Sasse. Other videos on the group’s YouTube page support former Nebraska treasurer Shane Osborn, another candidate in the race. The third major candidate in the May 13 primary is banker Sid Dinsdale.
A spokesman for the Sasse campaign declined to comment.
This race is rated Safe Republican by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call, and the primary winner will almost certainly be the next senator from Nebraska.