Statement of the Stothert campaign — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders campaigning for Mello

“This shows a clear contrast between Mayor Jean Stothert and Heath Mello. He is just another tax-and-spend liberal politician Omaha cannot afford.

“We believe voters will prefer Mayor Stothert’s solid conservative leadership that includes four balanced budgets, two property tax rate reductions and enhanced public safety investments that are keeping us safe.

“Bernie Sanders is a self-avowed socialist and Mello’s embracing him will push every conservative voter to Mayor Stothert.”