On the eve of the 6pm debate tonight (Live on KMTV, Omaha.com and C-SPAN3), between Republican retired Brigadier General Don Bacon and Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford, the NRCC has a new ad out. See it here:
This is very straightforward: Brad Ashford is on Team Hillary and Team Pelosi. When they need him, he’ll be there.
Should be a fun debate, which you can actually let your kids watch. (You know, in theory.) But at this point, since the national pundits have called the race for Hillary, it will be a dodge and weave show for Brad Ashford to explain why he wouldn’t be supporting Hillary’s agenda and voting with Nancy Pelosi 80% of the time…again.
Bringing home the Bacon
And on the that same note, Don Bacon’s camp has released his quarterly fund raising numbers.
Bacon announced that he raised $525,000 in the last quarter. That compares his to $300,000+ in the last quarter and Brad Ashford’s $435,000 July quarterly receipts.
Political observers, who weren’t excited about Bacon’s numbers last quarter, are impressed by the jump for October.
One described the October jump as, “Headturning, unprecedented, meaningful and impressive.” Well then.
**UPDATE** The OWH reports that Democrat Brad Ashford is reporting bringing in $480,000 for the quarter.
Every indication is that #NE02 is still one of the top races in the country and will be competitive for all of the next 27 days…
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Governor Ricketts, you may have read, was on KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln with Coby Mach, and discussed the cancellation of VP candidate Mike Pence’s Omaha fundraiser. Hear it here:
It’s only 6 minutes, and worth listening to.
A few of the main quotes…
What happened was we just ran into some logistical issues with all of this. So for example when the state party was organizing the fundraiser with Governor Pence we didn’t get the flyer back approved from the RNC until Sunday.
(Didn’t get the flyer approved?)
And just with the logistics of getting the VP candidate in here, and the secret service and everything, it just got to be that it wasn’t going to be able to happen this week, and we’re looking to reschedule.
Well, that’s specific…
But Ricketts — or anyone else for that matter — doesn’t seem to be rejecting Pence himself.
I’d be proud to stand on a stage Mike Pence anywhere. He’s been a friend of mine for about a decade. He is a man of high integrity, and I would absolutely hope that in the next month or so we can reschedule and get him back in Nebraska.
Of course, seeing as the election is in 27 days, after “a month or so” no one will care if Mike Pence is in Nebraska for another 3 years…
But Pence also cancelled a funder in New Jersey yesterday, so it looks like there’s a decent chance that Ricketts or the Nebraska GOP aren’t to blame.
But who knows what’s going on in the upper levels of Trump Tower at this point — beyond continuing a Twitter war with the GOP Speaker of the House.
Some suggest that Trump’s tilting against the Powers That Be is what got him to where he is today. The question remains — IF there’s still hope for him campaign — will, or would, that Us vs Them get him over the hump in the swing states?
Remember to watch the 1 hour #NE02 debate between Ashford and Bacon at 6pm tonight! You can watch on the OWH’s site at Omaha.com, on KMTV, channel 3 or on C-SPAN3 (the Tres!).
Because THAT’s how you stay up to date on the talk of Nebraska politics!