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.
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.