Kyle Michaelis: New Nebraska Network, 9/22/2011
Last month, news broke of Attorney General Jon Bruning’s buying a vacation home with two Nelnet executives a year after attempting to release the Lincoln-based company from a million dollar settlement obligation with the state of Nebraska. The Nebraska Democratic Party has since alleged that Bruning covered up his property holdings and conflicts of interest, violating the spirit – if not the letter – of our state’s disclosure laws for elected officials.
What’s most telling about this allegation is who hasn’t come to Bruning’s defense. In separate interviews with Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan, the top two elected Republican in the state – Gov. Dave Heineman and Sen. Mike Johanns – have both specifically refused to defend the conduct of the presumed frontrunner for their party’s 2012 Senate nomination.