Lee Terry continues to define his Democrat opponent, John Ewing, this time in his latest ad. See it here:
The latest poll showed Terry with a substantial lead on Ewing. This should continue that trend, telling the 2nd District more about Ewing before Ewing has even been on TV.
We are a bit amazed that the Ewing camp has taken this long to get on the telly, and figure he must plan on dumping it all as late as possible. But we think few would disagree that that is a tricky strategy.
In any case, the Terry camp had this to say about Ewing and his spending in office:
Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing has overspent and exceeded his approved budget every year he has been in office, a pattern of mismanagement that contradicts Ewing’s assertion that he has cut spending there, U.S. Rep. Lee Terry charged today.
Ewing’s deficit spending and red ink totals $688,000.
Terry’s campaign released a new TV ad today that alerts voters to Ewing’s poor budget management and deficit spending. The ad states Ewing is “just what we don’t need in Washington.”
Terry said county budget documents show Ewing asked for budget increases—not budget cuts—every single year. His requests for new spending total $1.2 million.
Ironically, the county board rejected Ewing’s request for $1.2 million more. Ewing proceeded to ignore the action and spend $688,000 of the disapproved funds.
“The difference between the two of us is pretty simple. I consistently vote to cut spending. Mr. Ewing ignores the county board and spends recklessly,” Terry said.
As an example, Ewing requested $5.318 million in funding for the treasurer’s office in fiscal 2007/08, a period covering July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008. The Douglas county board approved $5.062 million, a reduction of $256,000. Ewing failed to adhere to the cap and spent nearly $292,000 more, or $5.354 million.
Ewing’s new spending that year was 5.7 percent, twice the rate of inflation.
“My opponent now wants to take his budget skills to Washington. America can’t afford that,” Terry said.
Ewing has stated repeatedly during the campaign that he has cut spending in the Treasurer’s office. Terry said today’s new information shows the claim is not true.
By contrast, Terry’s record includes voting 157 times to cut spending on bills that came to the floor of the House since 2009. Terry’s votes would cut spending $7 trillion below current levels through the end of the decade.
Apparently Ewing is going to go on TV sometime this week. We’ll be watching.
ICYMI, the Bob Kerrey camp is touting an “endorsement” by Kerrey personal friend, Californian Steve Martin.
Martin apparently met Kerrey through Kerrey’s wife when she worked on Saturday Night Live. Kerrey became a web-ordained minister and presided over Martin’s 2007 wedding.
A few things:
1) It’s sort of telling that at this stage of the game — less than a month out, behind by double digits — the best Kerrey can pull out is jokey endorsement from a personal friend.
Now. On the one hand, apparently that was somehow meant to say that Kerrey’s opponent is NOT sane. Which is sort of strange because there has never been the slightest suggestion that Deb Fischer is anything but a no-nonsense legislator with conservative values and a strong Republican voting record. (Yes, we hear you Dems shouting right now. Now pipe down while the adults talk.)
But the question of Kerrey’s “sanity” has been on the block ever since the “Cosmic” moniker got attached to his name, and stuck.
So we chuckle at the fact that Steve Martin, of all people, needs to try to convince you that Bob Kerrey is, indeed, sane.
You can feel free to judge that one on your own.
(Oh, and we think the Martin “endorsement” works much better as a radio ad.)
By the way, Kerrey’s hometown newspaper, the New York Times, lists the Nebraska Senate race as “Safe Republican”, giving Deb Fischer a 94% chance of winning the election next month.
And the OWH says that the economy needs Mitt Romney.
We would then suggest that they should also seek support for Romney in the U.S. Senate by endorsing Deb Fischer, as opposed to guaranteed obstructionist Bob Kerrey.
(You’ll note that we will not be holding our breath expecting consistency from them…)