Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include Glenn’s interview with FreedomWorks’ executive vice president Adam Brandon from Monday’s Glenn Beck Radio Program.
On radio this morning, Adam Brandon, the executive vice president of FreedomWorks, joined Glenn to discuss why the group decided to withdraw its support of Shane Osborne, who is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE), and endorse the candidate supported by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), Ben Sasse.
“In the back of our mind… when we are endorsing… you are asking yourself: Who is going to caucus with these leaders for the ‘Freedom Caucus.’ By that I mean the Mike Lees, the Ted Cruzs, the Rand Pauls. Who are we most convinced will be connected to the grassroots, understand their issues, and, when they get to Washington, they will be beholden to those folks, not the power brokers,” Brandon explained. “When Mitch McConnell did fundraisers for Shane Osborne, it made us a little more uncomfortable.”
“As time went on, I know you have activists listening now from the state of Nebraska, they were calling us often… So we took another look at the race,” he continued. “And we looked at the reasons why originally we endorsed Osbourne… and decided: Hey, actually the other guy is probably the one who will be the one caucusing with your heroes and champions, and we need to be there.”
Brandon also ran through some of the other races that have strong conservative candidates, like Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Chris Daniel in Mississippi, and Greg Brannon in North Carolina. FreedomWorks is working hard to ensure those candidates have the resources they need ahead of this spring’s primaries.
This weekend, Glenn will be joining FreedomWorks and other prominent conservatives in Kentucky for FreePAC Kentucky – an opportunity to connect with citizen activists from around the country dedicated to restoring the American dream.
“The FreePAC event in Louisville on Saturday, I will be there along with everybody else. Make sure you join us. This is the kickoff for FreedomWorks for the fall campaign,” Glenn said. “Now it’s time to energize each other because we got a lot of work to do… If you want to join us, it’s great kickoff event. It is happening Saturday. FreePAC.com for all the tickets and details. We’ll see you there Saturday.”
Learn more about FreePAC Kentucky HERE.
Original story below:
FreedomWorks PAC has announced that they are withdrawing support of Shane Osborne in the Nebraska Senate Race and have chose to endorse Ben Sasse “as the most consistently conservative candidate.” FreedomWorks PAC President Matt Kibbe attributed the change to Osborne’s shift away from grassroots organizing.
Kibbe said, “Both Osborn and Sasse are great people, and this was not a decision taken lightly. The question at the heart of this decision is, who would caucus with the Freedom Caucus, and who would fall in line with the establishment?”
He continued, “At this point, it is clear that Shane Osborn formed allegiances with Mitch McConnell and the K Street lobbying class. For us, that progression away from the grassroots has tipped the balance. FreedomWorks PAC has a responsibility to endorse the most reliable candidate for liberty, and after following the evolution of this primary, it’s clear that Ben Sasse is the man for the job.”