I think it is hilarious that so many Democrats are up in arms about Rep. Brad Ashford jumping party lines in Washington. Heck, did they not see the first commercial Congressional candidate-Ashford put up on the air? The very, very, very first words he spoke were “I’m not running for Congress to represent any political party….” Maybe they were blinded by his pasty white legs. I don’t know.
But I don’t remember too many Dems remarking about his political leanings, all I did hear was how much they wanted to get rid of Rep. Lee Terry. Well, they got their wish and now we have a Congressman in Washington who is going to vote his own way, has no seniority to speak of, and is in the Minority Party. As Hal Daub once told someone I know, “Neither side gets anything with Ashford in office.”
There’s even been talk of a challenge from the left, which would make life here in Omaha a TON more interesting.
One thing I would like to address, is the issue of Rep. Ashford’s district staff. There has been some grumblings on both sides of the aisle that a former staffer of Rep. Terry is now working for Rep. Ashford. While I don’t know this particular staffer very well on a personal level, I will say this – they have always had – and will always have – the best interests of the people of the Second Congressional District at heart. That is what this job requires – not party loyalty.
I don’t know if Rep. Ashford reached out to Rep. Terry’s entire staff, if this was a unique situation, or if this was part of some plan to show just how bipartisan he is.
What I do know, after many years in Washington D.C., is that you can jump sides exactly once. But this was a choice this person made and I can only assume they made it knowing full well what the consequences would be.
As I said before, this person is extremely good at this position, and I hope that when the people of Omaha call Rep. Ashford’s office because the Social Security Administration has mistakenly declared them as deceased or some other ridiculous problem, they get the help they need.