Senate candidate Shane Osborn looking for new campaign manager

Flanked by his wife, Stacie Osborn, and former Lt. John Comerford, who served with him in the Navy, former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate in Grand Island in July.

It's early, but there's already been a campaign staff change in the Nebraska U.S. Senate race, with Republican Shane Osborn looking anew for a campaign manager.

Dave Boomer, a widely respected political consultant who has previously ran campaigns for Republican Lee Terry, has stepped down as Osborn's top guy.

Osborn said Boomer will remain a “senior adviser” to the campaign.

Osborn said Boomer left because he decided he could not run a campaign in Nebraska while continuing to work at a lobbying firm in Connecticut.

“He's still part of the campaign. He's just not running the day to day,” Osborn said.

Boomer could not be reached for comment.

Osborn is one of three Republicans who are running to replace U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. The two other GOP candidates are Omaha trial attorney Bart McLeay and Midland University President Ben Sasse.

In addition, Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale has given indications that he plans to jump into the race in mid-September.

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