GOP Senator Moonlights As An Uber Driver

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Dial up an Uber and get a senator?

A University of Nebraska student experienced just that over weekend, catching a ride with Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse.

“Got a ride from @BenSasse #Uber #UberLincoln,” Adrian Silva tweeted, to the amazement of reporters and twitterers alike.

The Nebraska Republican confirmed the gig Sunday, explaining to one Twitter user that he likes to work for Nebraskans and was driving for charity.

“I like to work alongside and for Nebraskans. I drove uber yesterday. (For charity — I’m obviously not allowed to make any outside money),” he tweeted.

Monday morning Sasse offered an Uber tip — namely, do not throw up in an Uber.

A Sasse spokesman told the Guardian that Sasse’s Uber driving was part of an effort to better understand the work his constituents do.

“Senator Sasse does tons of Nebraska work events,” the spokesman told the Guardian in a statement,” from changing tires on semi trucks to feeding cattle at 5am. This work tour was built around the changing and dis-intermediated economy, a subject he talks about frequently.”

Caroline May