Former “Independent” 2nd District Congressional candidate Chip Maxwell wrote a post on his blog (a few weeks ago – and since updated) explaining why he is going to vote for Lee Terry in Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional race next month — and why you should too.
Except it’s not an “endorsement.”
We will let Chip explain…
I said I could not endorse Terry. An endorsement is a seal of approval. I said I would explain why I am voting for Terry.
Chip then goes on to argue that he lost his County Board election to Marc Kraft in 2008 because Republican voters stayed home in the Presidential election between John McCain and Barrack Obama.
In 2008, I was a Republican running for reelection to the Douglas County Board against Democrat Marc Kraft. Kraft got 13,882 votes, a 7% increase over what my Democratic opponent got in 2004.
In 2004, I won with 14,426 votes. I lost in 2008 because I got 11,925 votes, a 17% decrease.
That was the election in which Barack Obama won the electoral vote in our congressional district, but there was no unusual surge of Democratic votes. What happened was that many Republicans and conservative Democrats and Independents stayed home, curled in a fetal position waiting for the Obama tsunami to crash through and subside.
Huh. Interesting theory.
In any case, Maxwell goes on to explain that if some Republicans are so pissed at Lee Terry that they just stay home, they will elect Ashford. And as Maxwell says…
Brad Ashford, is a pro-choice liberal/progressive who will be an advocate and sure vote for the Obama agenda. If you want more of what Barack Obama stands for, then vote for Brad Ashford or don’t vote at all.
If you agree with me that Barack Obama is leading this country in the wrong direction, and if you share my alarm at the erosion of our freedom and the undermining of family values that has accelerated under his leadership, then you and I must engage in this race.
Lee just received an endorsement and perfect 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee. He has voted against the Obama agenda and needs the votes of all who oppose that agenda.
I urge you to join me in voting for Lee Terry
Don’t let those “Maxwell for Congress” yard signs get too moldy sitting in your garage.
Chip is already planning for 2016:
I have decided to wait until 2016 [to run for Congress], but that doesn’t mean I’m sitting out this election as a voter, and neither should you. Conservative values are under siege. We can’t afford the loss of ground to the left that would occur if Lee Terry loses.
Chip’s discernment between an “endorsement” and “voting for” is a bit perplexing.
We suppose that if he were in the mob, that would mean that he was “vouching for” Terry. As Lefty Ruggerio can tell you, if a guy like Donnie Brasco, whom you vouched for, ends up being a turncoat, it is YOU who will end up
swimming sleeping with the fishes.
Which would post an interesting question in that 2016 Primary (which is apparently already happening): Who is worse? The guy (Maxwell, here) who said he was going to hold his nose and vote for Lee? Or the guy (like a Dan Frei) who crossed his arms and let Congressman Brad Ashford happen (in this scenario, anyway)?
You can say for Maxwell that at least he didn’t inadvertently support a Democrat. Though we suppose there’s an argument that Maxwell’s Independent candidacy lifted Ashford’s boat at the start of the campaign and helped it to get to this point in the first place.
We’re not sure about all of that.
But what we ARE sure of, if it’s an open primary in 2016, there will be MANY more candidates involved than just Maxwell and Frei.
Then again, if Terry bounces back once again, and runs in 2016, a multi-candidate primary leaves the non-incumbents in the same position.
Interesting stuff, no?
And then coverage of Lee Terry’s recent “Good Time” law ad hitting Ashford lead to this coverage on Channel 7:
Two things here:
1) Interesting how the Ashford campaign is operating here. First Brad himself tells Channel 7 that he will respond to the ad — particularly after he has a public appearance going on. But then the campaign calls back and chickens out of it.
And that statement they released?
“Everyone in Nebraska knows that Ashford strengthened prison sentences“?
Well, no. Not so much.
But of course this just makes us assume they are finishing up their response ad and don’t want to step on whatever that finely honed DCCC message is.
Nonetheless, as far as winning the day’s messaging, Advantage Terry.
2) Oh. My. Gawd do we HATE it when Lee turns into “Campaign Flak Lee Terry”, instead of being CONGRESSMAN Lee Terry!!! He has been doing this for years, and if it makes us shatter the nearest coffee mug when we hear it, we would hate to walk around barefoot in the Terry campaign and Congressional offices.
My garsh (to speak in Tom Osborne language) Lee! When you are asked whether you “feel vulnerable”, you simply don’t answer the question! You say, “My job is to work hard for the people of the 2nd District. I don’t worry about the campaign stuff. The people in the 2nd District know that I’m out there fighting for Veterans, fighting to keep taxes low and fighting to keep government off their backs. Other people can worry about politics.”
Or some such.
Is it REALLY that hard??? How many times can you answer that stuff?
We realize that at this point Lee just can’t help himself, but…sheesh.
I mean we’re not suggesting a shock-collar or anything. But maybe one of those spray bottles you use with cats…
And we are hearing that the styles of both campaigns at this point reflect that both Terry and Ashford think Ashford is ahead. Our guess is that it is within margins of error.
But Terry is attacking hard with paid media, sitting down with the press.
Ashford is pulling back, not making any off-the-cuff comments to a TV station, and letting his campaign do all the talking. At this point, they figure they can only step in it. And we would guess that the DCCC has a tight grip on what they are doing.
Which of course, should tell you everything you’d need to know about Ashford actually voting in Congress.