Is Senate hopeful Osborn’s ‘regrettable’ memo behind him?


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

Why exactly does GOP Senate hopeful Shane Osborn now regret a memo he staunchly defended a few days ago.

That is just one of the questions KFAB radio has put to Nebraska Watchdog’s Joe Jordan (see video below).

Shane Osborn

Just hours after Osborn was standing by what some have called a “fake memo” shoring up his military record, he turned to spend the rest of the week walking the memo back.

In 2001, the Navy surveillance plane Osborn was flying collided with a Chinese fighter plane. Instead of ditching his plane and risking the lives of his 23 crew members, Osborn landed on a Chinese island where his team was held captive for nearly two weeks.

Although he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, some have criticized his decision to surrender. But Osborn says he was ordered to do what he did adding “it was not a judgment call.”

The now controversial memo wasn’t authorized by the Navy, but written by an unnamed Osborn friend at the Pentagon—the front runner in some polls is now having second thoughts.

“While the facts in the memo are correct and it was intended to clarify the issue, the manner in which it was handled was regrettable, and I take full responsibility,” said Osborn.

Osborn, Sid Dinsdale, Bart McLeay and Ben Sasse are battling for the GOP nomination. The primary is May 13 with the winner set to take on Democrat Dave Domina in November.

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