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Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn arrives to Douglas County District Court in Omaha, Neb., Friday, May 29, 2009. A protection order issued against Shane Osborn has been lifted at the request of his estranged wife Teri Osborn, who took out a protection order against her husband earlier, alleging he physically abused her and enlisted the help of "spies" to monitor her activities. In response, Shane Osborn asked the Douglas County District Court to order a psychological evaluation for his wife. He also asked to be awarded temporary custody of the couple's three children.(AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In another edition of Republican assholes:

A Nebraska Republican Senate candidate a trillion omnibus bill to a "short bus to nowhere."

In a tweet a day before the Senate voted on a House-passed $1.102 trillion omnibus bill former state treasurer Shane Osborn, one of a few candidates running in the Nebraska Republican Senate primary wrote that voting for the bill was a "short bus to nowhere."

Osborn deleted the tweet but TPM was able to obtain a screenshot. - TPM, 1/17/14

And of course Osborn got the backlash he deserved:

The tweet, posted Thursday, was linked to a campaign release expressing Osborn's view that the appropriations bill would increase spending and do nothing to decrease the deficit.

The release also criticizes the bill for "callously" omitting military retirement benefits.

"Further, the budget cuts that do exist in this bill come at too high of a price for our men and women in uniform. It is offensive to me as a veteran of the U.S. Navy that members of Congress would seek to balance the budget by singling out military pensions," Osborn said in the release.

On his campaign's website, Osborn, who reached the rank of lieutenant commander as a naval pilot, touts his background working with disabled military veterans.

"He partnered with several disabled veterans to create, not just jobs, but career opportunities for returning post-9/11 veterans. Begun with a staff of four, today that business employs more than 40 people. He also helped to create the Nebraska Soldiers Foundation, which has established several clinics across Nebraska to help veterans and their families cope with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder."

Osborn was endorsed in November by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit, in the Republican primary to replace retiring Sen. Mike Johanns (R). - Huffington Post, 1/17/14

Of course Osborn regrets his insensitive Tweet:

“My mother is a nurse who takes care of special-needs children and we consider them part of our family," Osborn said in the statement. "I quickly realized the tweet sent the wrong message and deleted it immediately." - Omaha World-Herald, 1/17/14
FreedomWorks sure does know how to pick them.

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 03:18 PM PST.

Also republished by The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 03:18:46 PM PST

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    Mockery is putting it too lightly.   He is making a statement that dehumanizes those who disagrees with him by equating disabilities with a 'less than' standard.  

    One of the most significant issues most of the country faces is dealing with issues of mental and physical disabilities in an environment that makes it VERY expensive for families to do so.  

    His statement tells you a lot about how they feel about any thing to do with helping their fellow man.  It's despicable.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Fri Jan 17, 2014 at 08:31:19 PM PST

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