New Lee Terry ad out. See it below:
Pretty straight forward. Basically Terry is hitting Esch on his statements that the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts were the wrong move.
But there is also another message when talking about Esch’s belief on the stimulus checks:
Esch, personally, doesn’t need a stimulus check, so he doesn’t understand why people do need them.
As Terry’s campaign manager put it:
Ouch! Welcome to the hardball of the final month of the campaign.
“I can’t blame Jim for his ignorance—he just can’t relate. He lives off of a trust fund and hasn’t really worked a job in years.”
The Nebraska delegation voted as a block against the Wall St. bailout bill: Terry, Jeff Fortenberry and Adrian Smith, all “No”. Mike Johanns also said he was against the House bill.
Which is interesting considering that Terry is the only one who has anything resembling a close race. Though apparently the administration tried their best to get all of their votes — Vice President Cheney going after Smith and OMB Director and former Rep Jim Nussle going after Terry.
In the end the bad bill and the shouts from their constituencies carried the day.
Campaign-wise, it is hard to say this was a bad move. If the markets collapse there could be some blame thrown, but, as noted below, everyone is on the same page.
And considering how close the vote was, one would think there is a good chance some kind of bill will be passed soon.
And in case you think this was a Republican thing, note that Democrat Congressional candidates Jim Esch and Max Yashirin and Democrat Senate candidate Scott Kleeb said they support the “No” votes of the Nebraska House Republicans.
Not that Nancy Pelosi was twisting their arms though.