PRLog - Sep. 27, 2011 - LINCOLN, Neb. -- Tea party favorite Utah U.S. Sen. Mike Lee and national tea party leader FreedomWorks announced their endorsement of State Treasurer Don Stenberg today in his bid for U.S. Senate in Nebraska.
“I am very proud to endorse and lend my support to Don Stenberg. He is someone that I can count on. He is someone that I can trust to help in this fight to get control of the behemoth that is the federal government,”
“Don Stenberg is a rock-solid candidate who believes that the federal government has limited powers defined and enumerated in the Constitution. He believes that it is time to deal with the difficult issues that have been kicked down the road by previous politicians more worried about re-election than actually solving problems,” Sen. Lee said.
“Don is the real deal. Don will help me and other conservatives in the Senate to get
this country back on track. He is someone that I do not doubt. Don Stenberg is needed now.”
Sen. Lee’s PAC, Constitutional Conservatives Fund, contributed $5,000 to the Stenberg campaign and urged its members across the country to also support Stenberg by making a contribution.
“There are other candidates in the race who have more resources and every penny that we are able to raise will help to overcome that. Please donate now http://www.stenbergforsenate.com/
so that I can put the resources in place to help Don win. I need your help now,” Lee said.
Lee has also backed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz and Rep. Jeff Flake-R Arizona in their bids for the U.S. Senate.
"Over the past few months we have been speaking with our members and allies in Nebraska and two things are clear: they are going to work hard to beat Ben Nelson, and they want Don Stenberg to be their next Senator," said Max Pappas, Executive Director of FreedomWorks PAC.”
"Nebraskans described Stenberg to us as 'tea party-minded before we had tea parties' and noted 'based on his record and life, he is a constitutionalist,'"
FreedomWorks is a major DC-based conservative grassroots group that has provided much of the organization behind major tea party events, and that among other things, supports fiscal conservative candidates. Founded in 1984, FreedomWorks is chaired by former U.S. House Majority Leader Dick Armey, and has hundreds of thousands of grassroots volunteers nationwide.
“The Republican U.S. Senate primary election is about choosing a genuine, lifelong conservative to defeat Sen. Ben Nelson. I’m grateful for today’s strong support from Senator Mike Lee and FreedomWorks. Their endorsements add to the growing number of notable conservatives – RedState’s Erick Erickson, conservative talk show host Mark Levin, and conservative Washington PAC, The Madison Project - that understand the country needs proven, trusted, conservative leadership in Washington,”
Stenberg has been the Republican nominee for statewide office five times. He won four of those five elections - reelected Attorney General twice, each time with 68% of the vote and in 2010 received 73% of the vote as the GOP nominee for State Treasurer.
“The only election I ever lost as the Republican nominee for statewide office was to Ben Nelson in 2000. In that race, I started more than 30 percentage points behind the then popular former Governor Nelson. Despite being outspent 2 to 1, we turned that into the closest United States Senate race in Nebraska history. I have a proven ability to not only attract Republican votes in a general election, but the votes of independents and Democrats as well,” Stenberg said.
“Conservatives from across the nation and here in Nebraska are uniting behind our campaign; Stenberg Conservatives, Tea Party Conservatives, and Reagan Conservatives,”
“We’re building a grassroots army of people across the state to stand up and help us balance the federal budget, defend free-market principles, preserve the Constitution, and defeat big government Democrat Ben Nelson,” Stenberg said.
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Mr. Stenberg served as Nebraska Attorney General from 1990-2002 and was elected Nebraska State Treasurer in 2010. GOP U.S. Senate nominee in 2000 against Ben Nelson. Genuine, lifelong conservative. Supports 2nd Amendment, pro-life, balanced budget.