Congressman Adrian Smith is the latest officeholder to endorse State Sen. John Murante for treasurer

April 30, 2018 GMT

Republican officeholders, current and former, continue lining up behind State Sen. John Murante of Gretna in his contested GOP primary for state treasurer.

On Monday, U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith endorsed Murante’s bid against Omaha financial planner Taylor Royal. Smith, like Murante, served in the Legislature before running for higher office.

“John’s strong conservative credentials and experience in the Legislature and as a small businessman make him the best choice to be Nebraska’s next state treasurer,” said Smith, who represents Nebraska’s largely rural 3rd Congressional District that often plays an outsized role in Republican primaries.

Royal, who gained notoriety locally for his unsuccessful challenge of incumbent Republican Mayor Jean Stothert, secured her endorsement early for his campaign.

Murante has trotted out Gov. Pete Ricketts, State Treasurer Don Stenberg, former Gov. Kay Orr and Texas U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative popular with the Republican grass roots.

“It is an honor to receive Representative Smith’s endorsement,” Murante said. “He has done great things for Nebraska, and I have always valued our working relationship.”

The winner of the state treasurer’s primary on May 15 is likely to take office. Democrats fielded no candidate for the primary or general election.