It wasn’t so long ago — only two years, in fact — that Jon Bruning was campaigning for a seat in the U.S. Senate. He lost the primary contest to Deb Fischer and the rest, as they say, is history.
But Jon Bruning is not a fellow to rest on his laurels or, it seems, upon electoral results, whether they be defeats or victories. He had only just won re-election to the office of Nebraska Attorney General when he declared his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat then occupied by Ben Nelson. A little over a year and a half after losing to Fischer in the primary, Bruning threw his hat in the ring to become Nebraska’s next governor. Anyone else get the sense that this guy is not particularly interested in the position of Attorney General except as a stepping stone to higher office — ANY higher office????
But I editorialize . . . I can hear Sergeant Joe Friday admonishing me right now.
Back in 2012 just before the May primary, Shelli and I published two articles profiling Jon Bruning, one of which examined his character and connections and the other which focused primarily on the large sums of money Bruning has raised and spent on his own and on others’ runs for public office. I recommend them both to you as you consider for whom you will cast your vote for the governorship of this great state:
I did spend a few moments at the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission’s website to check out Bruning’s most recent filing, dated December 31, 2013, and now I’m really scratching my head. In August and December of last year, Bruning received $250,000 in contributions from something called the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC). But according to the RSLC’s “about” page on its website (archived link), “The RSLC is the only organization dedicated solely to electing Republicans at the state level to the offices of attorney general, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and legislator.” But Bruning’s not running for any of those offices; he’s running for governor. . . . Hmmmm. What’s up with that?