Democrat Brad Ashford was on KMTV, making pizzas at Willie Theisen’s old place.
And the reporter asked him if he, Hillary Clinton’s campaign CHAIRMAN in Nebraska, was going to campaign with Hillary.
“That’s not my role at all.”
Really? Because actually, as Hillary’s campaign co-chair, that is EXACTLY HIS ROLE. That is the definition of his role — to campaign for Hillary.
Otherwise, you don’t take the job.
So, let’s just summarize Democrat Brad Ashford:
When asked who he supported for President, he said he liked Bush and Kasich — after he had already signed on to be Hillary’s chairman.
When asked what party he was in, he told a constituent, “whatever you want me to be.”
In the middle of the campaign, he can’t make time to appear at a rally, in his district, with Hillary Clinton…because he’s on vacation.
And now he denies his responsibility as a campaign chair to his Democrat nominee.
And here’s the thing: The Clintons, literally, keep lists on this stuff.
If you think Hillary will win the White House, you can forget about her doing any favors for Brad Ashford. He has essentially denied being a supporter or hers three — now four — times.
And of course Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t going to be doing him any favors.
Ashford as characterized himself as a “man without a party”. And that would be great if Washington was run by a bunch of independents. But it ain’t.
If Brad Ashford is in Washington, forget about the 2nd District having any clout from him.
Thankfully, voters have an excellent alternative, in retired Brigadier General Don Bacon.
#NE02 in top races in the country
Speaking of the 2nd District, The Hill reports that #NE02 is the #7 most expensive House race in the country.
The NRCC is spending almost $2.4 million on Don Bacon, a retired Air Force Brigadier General. The DCCC spent some money trying to meddle in the GOP primary, and they’ve committed a total of $2.4 million to defending Ashford.
The Congressional Leadership Fund is adding another $720,000 in an effort to defeat the freshman Democrat. The House Majority PAC will drop $672,000 on ads in the Omaha market, which Romney won with 53 percent in 2012.
The NRCC is pouring in money.
The DCCC is pouring in money.
Nancy Pelosi has visited.
Paul Ryan has visited.
The only poll that we have seen says the race is neck-and-neck.
They say that the average voter only starts tuning in after Labor Day.
Time for the race to begin.
After the latest Nebraska prison mini-riot, Governor Pete Ricketts seemed to strike the right tone in suggesting that better pay and retention of guards would and should help ameliorate some of the problems around the issue.
Unfortunately, the guards union chief then spoke up and noted that he has been trying to address this exact issue for months, but that it has “fallen on deaf ears.”
At this point it is…surprising that this is still happening. It has been clear that there are problems in the Corrections Department, and one would have thought that these types of issues would be at the fore of the Governor’s agenda.
No one thinks that this is an easy issue, but it is a bit of a shock to hear that exactly what Ricketts says is at the top of the list, was pushed away over and over.
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