Brad Ashford caught on tape lying about his Hillary endorsement

Brad Ashford 102815On the eve of the President’s trip to Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Rep. Brad Ashford was caught on tape lying about his endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Ashford had formally endorsed Mrs Clinton in mid-December.

But at a constituent breakfast over the weekend, the following exchange was recorded with Ashford:

Constituent: “Who are you supporting for President?”

Ashford: “Right now, I’m all of them, I, I, I don’t — All the candidates right now, as I said, I like Bush and Clinton.”

In case there was any doubt, here it is recorded:

This is probably news to Clinton, and news to President Obama, who Ashford plans to join on Air Force One as they fly from Washington to Omaha for Obama’s speech at Baxter Arena.

Ashford has been toeing the line between the Democrats and Republicans in Congress since he joined, trying to show that he is “bipartisan”. But his support of Nancy Pelosi for Speaker and voting to keep ObamaCare show otherwise.

But a statement like this — suggesting that he would support Republican Jeb Bush after formally endorsing Hillary Clinton — is a reach even for someone trying to play both sides like Ashford.

A crass, vote-grabbing ploy like this by Ashford will officially put the voters of Nebraska’s 2nd District on notice that he is trying to play them at every political angle he can get.

This new episode follows Ashford trying to tell constituents that Congress takes too many vacations — just before he went vacationing in Mexico.

It will be interesting to see how those voters react to Ashford when he joins the President in Omaha.

**UPDATE**

Retired Brigadier General Don Bacon had this to say about Ashford’s statements:

“Once again, career politician Brad Ashford is trying to have it both ways. This kind of political doublespeak is exactly what’s wrong in Washington and why the American public is disgusted with politics-as-usual. My question to Brad Ashford, does your endorsement of Hillary Clinton still stand, or are you changing your mind yet again?”, said Bacon.

“For twenty-nine years I lived by a code. That code demanded that I put service before self and always do what is right. As your next Congressman, I might not always tell you what you want to hear, but I will be an honest voice – dedicated to making the hard decisions and taking the stands that are needed most to get our nation back on track,” said Bacon.

72 comments

  1. Jimm says:

    If there is not a truly acceptable candidate for POTUS among the top 3 in each party, should those of us concerned about the top person start looking for an acceptable VP candidate?

  2. huskerred says:

    Where is Don Bacon? Why can’t he capitalize on mistakes by Ashford.
    Seriously folks, Ashford is flying into town on Air Force One with Pres. Obama and Bacon hasn’t gotten an ounce of media or press.
    I’m glad Bacon is racking up GOP endorsements but pretty soon he needs to start attacking Ashford-Obama.
    Let’s see some stories, interviews, press releases, press conferences, rallies, radio and tv ads, Mr. Bacon.
    Now is the time.

    • James Cody says:

      In such political races, it takes money to be heard. Especially when you’re the new guy on the block taking on the established masses. Anyone that wants to see Ashford replaced should help Bacon’s campaign, either with cash donations or donation of time- organizing, walking the streets, spreading the word, manning a phone, etc. Although they do not directly endorse Federal Congresspersons (only in state seats), groups such as the NFOA-PAF can direct you to those folks that can.

  3. JB says:

    I think both D’s and R’s can agree that it makes Nebraska look bad that Governor refuses to welcome the President to Omaha.

    • Uh, no. Why would the governor waste his time on the lamest of lame ducks? What do we want as a state that Obama could possibly get us? He couldn’t get a resolution praising motherhood through Congress right now.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, The American tradition is respect for the office. Now that you are a Yank assimilate.

      • Sparkles says:

        “Lamest of lame ducks”
        Really? What planet do you live on?

        This isn’t GW Bush clinging to his 29% approval rating while cowering in his office, hoping the teetering world economy won’t topple over the edge during his final months in hiding.
        This isn’t the final year of a dementia addled Ronald Reagan, having just stumbled through Iran Contra hearings only to watch the horrific gassing of the Kurds by Saddam Hussein and his henchman Chemical Ali. An attack made possible with chemical precursors sold to Saddam by American companies. Sales made possible only because of a Reagan administration policy that removed Iraq from the State Department’s list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

        It’s unlikely any President in modern history has had such an ambitious final year agenda for our nation than President Obama. Among just a few ‘lame duck’ successes:
        A historic normalization of relations with Cuba.
        A historic nuclear arms deal with Iran.
        A historic agreement on efforts to curb climate change.
        Actions to enforce gun laws, beef up background checks and enhance gun safety measures
        He’ll promote Medicaid expansion while in Nebraska, providing significant lift and energy to this year;s continued effort in the state legislature, and effort which will succeed in 2016.
        He’s certain to speak in support of voting rights, sending a warning shot across the bow of Nebraska’s Republican legislatures who perennially seek to suppress minority voting.
        And back to his national agenda, you can bet he’ll fulfill his promise to effectively close Guantanamo – over the screams and wails of a hapless GOP.
        It’s likely he’ll pursue, and accomplish, a half dozen less prominent initiatives, all of them meaningful and lasting.
        This is President that will spend his final year seeking the spotlight, taking the lead and shaping a national agenda with increasing aggressiveness.

        Oh yea, one final, nefarious plot on part of our Terrorist loving, Muslim sympathizing, Constitution defiling President –
        Over at World Nut Daily, conservative whackjob Chuck Norris just sounded the alarm that Obama is about to launch a SECRET PLAN to legalize 9 million illegals and import another 500,000 middle easterners so those dirty Dems can STEAL the 2016 election!!
        Loads the guns! Hide the Kids! Bar the Doors! Most importantly – SEND CHUCK SOME MONEY so he can defend your Liberty and Freedoms!!
        Visit them at: ChuckGriftsAmurrica.con

      • The usual delusional Sparkles nonsense.

        “A historic normalization of relations with Cuba.”

        Reality: American tourists are still forbidden from going to Cuba. The trade embargo is still in effect. Obama can’t lift it without Congress’s approval, which he won’t get. The US still has $6 billion in unresolved claims against the Cuban government.

        “Actions to enforce gun laws, beef up background checks and enhance gun safety measures”

        Which will have absolutely no impact, except to make things slightly more difficult for law-abiding gun owners.
        And most importantly of all, the repressive, totalitarian government is still in place.

        “A historic nuclear arms deal with Iran.”

        …which will likely lead to a nuclear-armed Iran.

        “A historic agreement on efforts to curb climate change.”

        …with absolutely no enforcement provisions. As toothless as agreement as has ever been signed. In fact, Obama’s negotiating position was handcuffed by his inability to get anything through Congress.

        “It’s likely he’ll pursue, and accomplish, a half dozen less prominent initiatives, all of them meaningful and lasting.”

        BWAHAHAHAHA!

        He’ll be lucky to keep Obamacare from collapsing before he leaves office.

        “And back to his national agenda, you can bet he’ll fulfill his promise to effectively close Guantanamo – over the screams and wails of a hapless GOP.”

        Because what the world needs right now is another 100 hardened terrorists returning to the jihad.

      • NE Voter says:

        Ricketts looks childish, petty and small-minded. Frankly, why would the president of the United States care to be greeted by an incompetent governor who gets rolled more often than Colorado weed.

      • Ed Stevens says:

        Well said, Prof. Time to shed this PC drivel about “respecting offices” … I respect no office, or institution, etc., … but I may (or may not) respect the people who occupy those offices or represent those institutions. I’m wondering if some of these “respecters” also “respect” the office of Putin … or Pol Pot … or Saddam Hussein …? Obama is a joke and an embarrassment … and it needs to be said … again and again.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        Ed Stevens, Respect for offices and institutions is central to English speaking Conservatism since Burke. Idea it has anything to do with political correctness is not historically true and is silly. IN the American political tradition it represents the ideal that we settle our disputes by elections and accept their results, we do not temporarily opt out of citizenship when we do not win. Sorry voters disagreed with you twice, but get over it.

      • Sparkles says:

        Well stated RL.

        Also Ed, re your question:
        “I’m wondering if some of these “respecters” also “respect” the office of Putin …”

        I hear the Republican frontrunner for POTUS respects the office of Putin immensely. A respect and admiration to is shared mutually. An post cold war bromance, you might say.
        In fact, as I recall, in what has to be an unprecedented detente between our two nations, Putin has actually endorsed the Republican’s frontrunner for POTUS.

        Who could have ever imagined.

        Speaking of imagine, one would imagine Putin might be a bit envious of all the accolades, affection and outpouring of support your Republican frontrunner has received, from the wide ranging panoply of America’s White Supremacist organizations.

      • Total ballocks as usual from RL. Burke was an opponent of democracy. He didn’t in the least believe we should respect the results of elections. And he despised and ridiculed various British leaders, most notably Lord North.

      • repenting lawyer says:

        ProfGH, My reference was to the respect for institution that have the title deeds of history in discussing Burke, at the time nobody much other than the French were respecters of the idea of democracy. Acceptance of elections referred to the American tradition. Sorry two ideas were too much for you. Being a great mind must be a terrible strain. I sympathize.

  4. Lil Mac says:

    Cruz is dropping in Iowa. Supposedly a brilliant lawyer, he said he was unaware –ignorant of, oblivious to– the fact that during his entire adult life Cruz has been eligible to be Prime Minster of Canada.

    Iowa voters don’t care that Ted was technically a US citizen since 1970. They care that it took the lazy idiot until 2014 – 44 years – for him to quit being a Canadian citizen. — Can a lawyer with two wives not know he is a bigamist? Can a lawyer with two countries not know he has two citizenships? This lawyer could have renounced his foreign citizenship in high school. Cruz didn’t even renounce it running for the US Senate.

    Caught by his own stupidity, Cruz now commits suicide by radically shifting to adopt the Liberal Democrat position of NOT deporting Illegal Aliens. From Cruisin’ Cruz to Dead Ted. Trump did that.

    Trump’s timing and finesse in nudging Cruz to suicide ought to finally convince naysayers that Trump is the most subtle and brilliant strategist to ever run for office. Yet, part of The Donald’s strategy relies (not entirely but he does appreciate it so much) upon you stupid myopics remaining stupidly myopic about Trump. He will drag you too out of the darkness of Politically Correct America and into the new Post-PC Light. Whether or not you choose open your eyes is entirely up to you.

  5. Bluejay says:

    Why would Ashford go to a foreign country to party?

    What’s the matter with the United States?

    Going to Mexico supports a nacro-state.

    • Brutus says:

      Ashford’s wearing a long sleeve shirt and jeans in that photo.
      It couldn’t have been THAT warm.

      Ashford is a two-faced schnook.
      He just lied about his endorsement and goes on to support Jeb, of all people?
      It’s the WORST of both worlds! Hillary AND Jeb!
      I hope all the Democrats boo him at the Obama political rally.

    • Brutus says:

      RL,
      I’ll just ask Ashford how the Mexican wether was on one of his “Republican/Jeb Bush”days.
      I’m sure on his “Democrat” days he’s hard at work in his windowless office.

  6. Great piece on Gaming Obamacare in Politico this morning. Hold on to your seats, because this will shock you: people are waiting until they get sick, and then using ‘special enrollment periods’ to get coverage! Who could have anticipated that? Obama’s not interested in tightening up the rules, because they want to be able to flaunt enrollment statistics. However, insurance companies are worried this will further drive the death spiral.

    “Unless some fundamental flaws are corrected, we believe there is a grave risk that the federal exchange will not operate as a viable, competitive market in 2017,” Aetna wrote to the Obama administration about proposed marketplace rules for 2017.

    • Sparkles says:

      The article Gaming Obamacare has to be read with appropriate skepticism.
      It’s certain a small fraction of enrollees will seek to game the system and it’s important the law is tweaked to minimize this audience as much as possible. (I’m sure the GOP will be more than eager to aid in the efforts to make the PPACA a better law)
      What the article fails to point out, is the complaints and threats by Big Insurance are also an effort to game the system. A standard practice by every industry, maximizing to the fullest extent government subsidization and underwriting of risk.

      By the way, isn’t “gaming the system” an admirable trait in the Republican party?
      “I have used the laws of this country … the [bankruptcy] chapter laws, to do a great job for my company, for myself, for my employees, for my family,”
      Donald J. Trump, Aug 6, 2015

      • Trump is not a Republican.

        I suggest, Sparkles, you email the CEO of Aetna and tell him there’s nothing to worry about. I’m sure he’s just guessing and knows nothing about the insurance business, unlike your good self.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles:

        Imagine that. The Dems expecting, through arm twisting, that big insurance will bail out a poorly written law. And then you whine when they don’t play by your rules. It would be funny if you weren’t hurting so many people.

  7. JB says:

    Conservatives general lack of respect for the office is one of the reasons that reality star Trump/Sinjiya will get the nomination. Same reason girl with lazy eye got votes for homecoming queen. A sitting Governor not driving (being driven) an hour to meet with the Commander in Chief feels more on par with a Real Housewives episode. That is what the party has become. Revel in it. Had some hope that Pete was cut from a different cloth and would rise above the silliness.

    • bynd says:

      Yep JB. Like the Dems treated Republican president’s with repect. Acutally, a cigar and intern in the Oval office is much more like Real Housewives. Are you really that much of a drone?

    • Macdaddy says:

      And Democrats respect it so much they re-elected an accused rapist and are ready to nominate his enabler/fixer/shake-down artist of a wife for that well-respected office. Very funny.

  8. Bluejay says:

    News to Barack that he is the CINC.

    He’s cut military spending, surrendered in two countries and done nothing to fix the VA.

  9. Bluejay says:

    Dems need to face reality. Obama is the worse president in modern American history and it will because more obvious in the next ten years.

    Barack just played the historic race card into eight years of free golf. He has broken all the records on the links. That’s his legacy. Admit it.

  10. So, Lil Mac: I’m (as far as I know) still an Irish citizen. I’m not even sure how I’d renounce that. Not that I want to: having more than one passport is an excellent idea, and I’m reapplying for my Irish passport this spring.

    I’m also, according to the letter of the law, automatically a UK citizen, having been born there of parents who were also born there.

    And I’m an American citizen, with nationalization papers to prove it.

    Now, when I became a US citizen, I renounced allegiance to other powers and potentates. And I meant it. In the unlikely even Ireland ever goes to war with the US (or, more likely, plays them in soccer), I’m 100% on the side of the US. However, renouncing other citizenships would accomplish nothing, except to make my life slightly more inconvenient. And I expect the same is true of Cruz.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      ProfGH, American law on dual citizenship has changed since a 1971 SCOTUS opinion on voting in foreign elections. Cruz’s failure to renounce Canadian citizenship is consistent with modern approach learned at Harv. Law. LittleMac represent a more traditional attitude. He thinks R voters share it. Is he right? We will see.
      As a matter safety let me add I am agreeing with you.

      • Sparkles says:

        Darn it Gerard, you’re wrong.. again!

        “The deputy prime minister said the bomber was born in 1988. He was later identified as Saudi-born Nabil Fadli. The deputy prime minister said he’d recently entered Turkey from Syria.”

        Imagine that.
        Although, I’ll stop short of returning the favor by calling you a liar. After all, it’s a bit of a classless move, don’t ya think?

  11. Bluejay says:

    Sparkles

    In all sincerity, the Iran nuke “deal” is the single worse event of this century. OBL didn’t have the Bomb. The mullahs will have nukes in two years. Historic.

    • Sparkles says:

      Your sincerity doesn’t negate the fact:

      More than 70 of the world’s leading nuclear nonproliferation experts stepped forth in a highly public display of support for the Iran deal.
      Security Advisors from the administrations of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George HW, Clinton, George W and Obama stepped forth in a highly public display of support of the Iran deal.
      The world’s most respected and esteemed National Security Advisor, a man who knows in great detail each and every chess piece better than any human being alive, penned an OpEd in Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal in a highly public display of support of the Iran deal.

      With rare exception, it’s only those engaged in the fear-for-profit, hack job, right wing noise machine that have wailed and screamed in opposition to the Iran deal.

      • Bluejay says:

        The premise, I assume, for the experts’ opinions is that the terms can be verified and Iran won’t cheat.

        The mullahs have a religious goal to destroy the US and Israel. Words on paper won’t stop them. They will cheat. Allah commands it and The Prophet approves.

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles:

        Are you talking about those fear mongers who want concrete steps taken against Iran for launching an Emad in violation of a UNITED NATIONS resolution and the new treaty. There is no Iran deal. Just a bunch of Chamberlins placating the bully. They don’t need nukes, they have billions of new dollars. With rare exceptions, only those who will sell their soul to devil for their legacy believe this is a good idea.

      • Sparkles says:

        It’s sometime amazing the ideological contortions on display.
        In this case, embracing the military wisdom of Saudi Arabia, Israel and France.

        Oh look, breaking news –
        An ISIS terrorist FROM SAUDI ARABIA blew up 10 people in Turkey and injured another 15.
        Hmm, why is that scenario familiar?… oh yes…
        15 of the 19 terrorists who brought down the World Trade Center, killing more than 3000 Americans, were from Saudi Arabia.
        It is a widely acknowledged belief that Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest source of funds and promoter of Salafist jihadism, which forms the ideological basis of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Taliban, ISIS and others.

        And heaven forbid, what sane person didn’t long ago tire of Netanyahu’s clownish antics?
        When was the last time Israel was an honest broker, in anything?

        And France?
        Since when did conservatives look to France for military or moral guidance?

      • Sparkles is a very bad liar.

        “A 28-year-old Syrian national blew himself up in a popular tourist district of Istanbul Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring at least 15 more, Turkish government officials said.”

      • Sparkles says:

        (the correct place)

        Darn it Gerard, you’re wrong.. again!

        “The deputy prime minister said the bomber was born in 1988. He was later identified as Saudi-born Nabil Fadli. The deputy prime minister said he’d recently entered Turkey from Syria.”

        Imagine that.
        Although, I’ll stop short of returning the favor by calling you a liar. After all, it’s a bit of a classless move, don’t ya think?

  12. Anonymous says:

    “A crass, vote-grabbing ploy like this by Ashford will officially put the voters of Nebraska’s 2nd District on notice that he is trying to play them at every political angle he can get.” Wishful thinking, Sweeper.

    That is what you see through your eyes. Whatever puts NE voters “on notice” is whatever they actually notice. They don’t see through your eyes. They don’t think like bloggers think.

    Most of us here have seen the sausage being ground or at least been close enough to hear the screams. Average voters see things very differently. Even if NE voters come to agree with us that Brad is a twit, they will have come to that conclusion by different pathways than we here take.

    We cannot convince voters by saying Brad is a twit. We must rivet their non-politic interests onto Brad in some dramatic way, have that strategy automatically pivot their interest into Brad’s skin to force him to respond, and that same strategy be so finely crafted as to force Brad’s response to prove, out of his own mouth, to NE voters, that Brad is a in fact a twit. All that must be crammed into sound byte. In short, you need to do what Trump does. Don’t and its more frontal assault suicides for all that you value in Nebraska.

    Focus on voters. Most here seem to act like voters are a step in the process instead of the pivot on which it all turns.

  13. Sparkles says:

    FWIW, I think Brad Ashford is a spineless tool.
    An embarrassment to the party.. whichever party it is he happens to be representing on any given day.

    How about a deal; we (dems) abandon our tool, Ashford and you (gop) cut loose your tool, Smith.
    Each party will then get to choose anew, any sentient, semi-conscious being would be an improvement, and they’ll each run unopposed.
    It’s a win-win-win, Democrats win, Republicans win and the fine citizens of Nebraska win.

  14. bynd says:

    sparkles: no doubt SA is more bad than good. So, after seeing all of this and being such a great statesman, why does BO still court their favor? Could it be he is no different than all the other pres.’?

    • Sparkles says:

      Really?
      Obama’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, no different than previous Presidents?

      It comes as no surprise that you have no idea how closely the Bush family has been, for decades, with the House of Saud.

      • Sparkles says:

        “U.S. oil production growth in 2014 was largest in more than 100 years”

        “U.S. on track for record oil production in 2015”

      • Sparkles says:

        By the way Gerard, I’ve got a friend who’s a bit on the diminutive side. He feels a little inferior when in the presence of others, so… I was hoping could you tell me where I could find him a nice pair of Chelsea boots?

        Black leather preferably, with a really, really tall cuban heel and the pointed toe.
        I know, they’re a bit on the metrosexual side, but my friend is really desperate to appear taller and more commanding than he is.

      • US oil production peaked in March, shortly before the Saudi driven glut drove prices down to their current basement levels.

        “In the second quarter of 2015, 83 percent of U.S. onshore oil producers’ operating cash flow was used for debt servicing, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — about twice the level of early 2012. ”

        Google “Time is running out on US oil frackers”

        No one who actually knows anything about oil production thinks this is anything but a conscious policy to stamp out unconventional US crude production.

      • Sparkles says:

        1) Cheap Natural Gas, courtesy of decades of U.S. Government funded research and good ol’ American ingenuity and capitalistic spirit.

        2) The average household will save $700 on gasoline this year due to lower fuel prices. $700 per American household, circulated back through our economy time and time again. Some of that $700 building and maintaining our schools, funding teacher salaries and pensions and healthcare.

        Poor Big Oil.
        I’m so saddened that Big Oil is no longer making record crushing net profits approaching $15 Billion PER QUARTER, as they rake in massive taxpayer subsidies as they sell back to us our own natural resources.

        Then again, what we’re witnessing is merely free market principles at play.
        Survival of the fittest. I thought that was libertarian nirvana, no?

        What Would Ayn Rand Do?

      • bynd says:

        Sparkles:
        U have a point. Unfortunately it is not relevant. We have more presidents thank those you mentioned. Degree is not relevant. If your in bed with them you’re in bed with them. Barack is no different from previous presidents. There was no change, there is no hope. Except in your lala land.

  15. RL says:

    Ashford has lied to my face in the halls of the unicameral on more that one occasion. He plays games with what his position is. I believe he is just empty inside, not actually having a position on much. That would explain why so many that follow Nebraska politics say his votes often reflect whomever he last spoke to.

    • repenting lawyer says:

      RL ain’t me. Brad does likes to be liked and is not good at answering questions, but making him into a monster gives him too much credit.

    • Sparkles says:

      Much ado about nothing.
      They’re probably all sitting down right now to a big bowl of jeweled rice and passing around a plate of malai seekh kebabs.

  16. bynd says:

    Sparkles:

    Aryan Rand is fictional and not relevant. The question for those in a real world is what would George Soros do? Invest in fossil fuels. Or warren B.? Invest in a business that relies on transporting fossil fuels for the the bulk of their business. Yep, those would be the true pure of heart you have given your soul to.

    • Sparkles says:

      Really bynd?

      Aryan (sic) Rand is fictional?

      I’m curious.. in the world you inhabit, is Bigfoot real?

      You need to set aside a little of that government pension every month and buy yourself a clue.

  17. Outlandish says:

    Most of you need to grow up, a lot. Ashford can like anyone he wants to for president. If he endorses Hillary for the democratic nomination, fine. If he says he likes Bush too, good for him. All of you rabid, monochrome partisans need to get over it. YOU are what’s ‘destroying America’, you and your fellow hyperbolic, spastic partisan extremist ideologues.

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