At the Papillion Days parade over the weekend, a citizen by the side of the road asked hand-shaking Congressman Brad Ashford if he was a Republican.
“Aw, I don’t know. Whatever you want me to be.”
Don’t believe it?
Here it is:
You thought Ashford — who is a card-carrying, Nancy Pelosi-voting Democrat — was trying to be all things to all people? (Even HE knew what he’d just stepped in as he sheepishly grins and the video tracker.)
Heck, here he is lying to his constituent about what party he’s in!
“I don’t know“???
Well sure, Ashford has run for Legislature as a Republican, Mayor as an Independent and Congress as a Democrat, so one could understand that he has to check his wallet to see what party he is in today.
Except that lying to the people of the 2nd District is just a bit unseemly.
And then publicly declaring that you’ll just stick your finger in the air and see what the masses are expecting is another pathetic move by this elected official.
We all have known that Brad Ashford will do anything to get elected.
And now he has officially confirmed it.
Broken fingers and bloody nipples: The Ben Sasse Story
The Washington Post is the most recent to do a complete bio on the #NeverTrump leader in the Senate clubhouse, Nebraska’s Ben Sasse. (Both the OWH and LJS have reprinted it.)
If you’ve read Politco’s version or USAToday’s version or many others, you get the gist: won’t vote for Trump; won’t say who he wants; won’t run himself; frustrating local voters.
But give it to the Post for coming up with the most interesting lines to drag you in:
Sasse stood in a middle school parking lot rubbing Vaseline on his nipples.
“He’s got a need for competition,” (his wife) said recently. “Also he’s an idiot.”
Sasse told him he dislikes both candidates equally and hopes to send a signal that Americans are not okay with these kinds of options.
“I don’t care about any of that shit,” the man snarled.
(And don’t miss the quote from the Cornhusker Kickbacker himself!)
The piece ended with a story of Sasse trying to fix a fuse in his truck:
Unfortunately, no amount of futzing with the pin would make the fuse budge. Somebody would soon come by with pliers, and Sasse would just have to wait.
And apparently this was a metaphor for Sasse’s current political stance…maybe?
Dive in and report back to your H.S. English teacher.
Don’t shoot the fundraisers!
Donald Trump’s latest financial woes were the talk of the Twitters today, and likely the rest of the week (at least).
While some have expressed…surprise?…at Trump raising money as if he were running for a County Board seat, others didn’t see it as that much of a shock.
Political fundraisers contacted my Leavenworth St. pointed out that he has bragged over and over about self-funding, so he wasn’t about to become some cash-raising juggernaut in a month. You don’t give your campaign $35M, then expect small dollar donors to come seek you out. (Just ask Senate candidate Pete Ricketts in 2006.)
If you’re going to self-fund, the candidate needs to be the LAST one in, not the first.
Along with that, because he has been self-funding, he has no donor base to go to. He needs to buy lists from other candidates, such as Ben Carson, in order to have somewhere to reach.
All that considered, raising $4M (counting the joint RNC money) isn’t bad.
Now, that’s from a fund-raiser angle. In other words, don’t blame the fundraisers for the dismal numbers.
Then again, it won’t be too surprising if his June numbers are a little better — but those will come smack in the middle of the GOP Convention. And those numbers could either soothe delegates, or could be a stick to the hornet’s nest.
The open convention argument is still very much out there. Considering it would be TV gold, look for it to continue to pick up steam.
What’d you miss???
Be sure to read the Leavenworth St. post from earlier today, “Minority Nebraska Democrats outraged by Jane Kleeb’s caucus purge“.
And don’t miss Monday’s fun podcast of The Wheels Down Politics Show with actor, political “activist” and college baseball fan, Clint Howard.
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