Conrad says sexist slur by aide a test for Janssen

2013-03-22T04:00:00Z 2013-03-22T14:34:07Z Conrad says sexist slur by aide a test for JanssenBy DON WALTON / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Lincoln Sen. Danielle Conrad said Thursday that Sen. Charlie Janssen's reaction to a campaign aide's use of offensive sexist language to insult her "speaks volumes" about what kind of governor he would be.

"Absolutely no apology has emanated from either one of them," Conrad said. 

"At this point, it seems to me that both of them are not sorry at all. They just seem to be kind of sorry they got caught."

Jeremy Jensen, a former field director for Americans for Prosperity who now is working on Janssen's 2014 Republican gubernatorial campaign, referred to Conrad, a Democratic senator from Lincoln, as a c--- in a private posting on his Facebook account before moving to the Janssen campaign.

Jensen describes himself on his Twitter account as a "libertarian/conservative Nebraska political activist exposing unconstitutional big government and promoting economic prosperity."

Janssen, a Republican senator from Fremont, is "the only person able to bring accountability to this situation," Conrad said. 

"He is engaged in a statewide campaign for the state's highest office that provides an opportunity to show voters how you will conduct yourself."

The Facebook posting by Jensen, which has become publicly distributed, is "beyond the pale of civil discourse," Conrad said.

Janssen declined to comment Thursday evening, but he said in an email that "the situation will be different tomorrow morning."

Reach Don Walton at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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