The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) will go on TV with ads hitting three Democrat Congressman.
One of them is Nebraska Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford.
See it here:
And here is the ad text:
Ashford: “This is a very serious threat to our country, and to the world.”
Commentator: “Ashford says, ‘We cannot ignore the threat from ISIS terrorists.'”
Narrator: “The truth? Brad Ashford voted to cut funding for troops fighting the war on terror. And to end airstrikes against ISIS. Ashford even voted to allow suspected terrorists to be released from Guantanamo Bay, sending them back into battle. Brad Ashford’s record? Dangerous.”
Early and often will clearly be the drumbeat from the NRCC in #NE02.
The NRCC will spend a combined six-figure sum on a month’s worth of ads hitting Democratic Reps. Scott Peters, Brad Ashford and Rick Nolan on national security issues, according to the source. The early buy is a sign Republicans will still play offense against vulnerable House Democrats in 2016, even as the GOP defends a number of seats Democrats often carry in presidential cycles.
They also note:
Ashford represents a district GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney carried by a 7-point margin in 2012, making him one of the most vulnerable House Democrats this cycle. His race is rated a Tossup by the Rothenberg & Gonzales Political Report/Roll Call.
It was no surprise that the NRCC has been targeting Ashford, but it is a little surprising that they are going after him 15 months out. They do always like Omaha’s cheap media market, and likely figure they can get some bang for their buck.
As far as the message?
Anyone watching Ashford’s first term can see that it has all been about trying to please everyone — without offending anyone.
Boy he sure hates that Iran deal, but….on the other hand…he is still willing to listen!
He’d sure like that Keystone pipeline to go through, but…on the other hand…let’s not rush the President and his 7 year timetable.
Gee Planned Parenthood is a good organization, but…on the other hand…if OTHER members of Congress want to “investigate” how they spend their abortion money, who am I to stop them!
And here, while “criticizing” some of the worst people on the planet, he isn’t willing to stick his neck out and call for steps to actually stop them.
Themes catch on for a reason.
2nd District voters will probably give Ashford leeway to run down the middle on a lot of issues. But they also won’t tolerate a squish. If Ashford isn’t willing to stand up and show his convictions with votes, they will look elsewhere.
Oh, and this is only the first hit Ashford will be taking in this loooong season.
Governor Pete Ricketts has chosen Nicole Fox to replace Democrat State Senator Jeremy Nordquist for South Omaha’s District 7 in the Legislature. Nordquist quit the job voters elected him for to go work for Brad Ashford.
Fox’s forte is healthcare policy and teaches at Nebraska Medicine. She said she has advocated for health care policies in the past.
She has never held office before, but is an active Republican.
She has been active in the Douglas Co. GOP as the District 7 rep and in the Nebraska Young Republicans and has volunteered in campaigns.
Fox, 40, works as a Nutrition Therapist Specialist at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha where she provides medical nutrition therapy to patients undergoing a variety of cancer treatments. She is also an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) lecturing for several programs including Medical Nutrition Education, College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and the Physician Assistant Program.
Fox is a Registered Dietitian and a Licensed Medical Nutrition Therapist. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Oncology Nutrition Dietetics Practice Group, Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Omaha District Dietetic Association.
Fox has delivered numerous lectures for organizations and has been published by a variety of outlets.
Millard School Board member Mike Kennedy was in the news today leading the spokespeeps regarding Millard Schools dumping the “class ranking” system in favor of a “Latin” “Summa Cum Laude”, “Cum Laude”, etc, system.
(Unfortunately, since Millard doesn’t teach Latin anymore, students will have to take to Rosetta Stone to find out what those words mean…)
Apparently this is a trend nationally among high schools, and kudos for Kennedy and his colleagues on the Millard board for getting ahead of the curve on this. Not quite sure how students trying to “game” the system to get a high class rank will differ from students trying to game the system of Latin ranks, but people in the college ranks apparently think its different.
If you didn’t get a chance to listen, Kennedy gave his thoughts on other changes Millard has made and his criticisms of some of the plans others have regarding Charter Schools, Magnet Schools and vouchers in the system, on The Wheels Down Politics Show.