Democrat Brad Ashford and Republican Don Bacon went head to head in their final Nebraska 2nd Congressional District debate this morning at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
During the debate, Ashford continued his attempt to run from his support of Democrat House Leader Nancy Pelosi — and her support of him.
But Ashford was like the runner on a treadmill: Lots of movement, but going nowhere.
- Ashford says he barely supports the Democrat leader.
He voted for her for Speaker. Twice.
- Ashford says he barely votes with Nancy Pelosi.
He voted with her over 70% of the time.
- Ashford says he isn’t working with Nancy Pelosi.
Her secret visit to dine with Ashford in Omaha back in July says otherwise.
But Ashford DOES admit one thing: He voted with his Democrat leadership over 70% of the time, and he wants “to go back and do it again!”
The Ashford record
This was the theme of much of the debate on Wednesday: Ashford on the run from his own record.
- He said he thinks Legislators get paid to much.
But he voted for an 80% pay raise for Nebraska State Senators in 2012 (as a comparison, current U.S. Senator, then state Senator Deb Fischer voted against the proposal).
- He said he thinks Congress should work on the Paris Accords.
But he won’t admit President Obama’s overreach in trying to bypass Congress and implement them himself.
- He suggests that he wants to work to cut regulations for small business.
But he voted against the REINS Act that would require the regulations with the greatest cost to the economy to be approved by Congress and signed by the President before taking effect.
And of course your head is spinning:
Brad Ashford is trying to play both sides of the issue?
The social media campaign
On the one point that the local newsies may glom onto, Ashford brought up the “ISIS hit list” that included Bellevue — and vehemently took the position that he cares deeply about Bellevue. But he also had told the OWH that this was only ISIS propaganda, so who cares?
In the debate, Bacon countered that social media is how ISIS recruits and sends their messages to their cells.
And that the Secretary of the Army had pointed out this list. And the Director of Homeland Security. And that Bellevue Mayor (and Bacon supporter) Rita Sanders had been contacted about Bellevue being on this list.
An interesting stance for Ashford to make.
Pelosi & the DCCC
In the end, for someone who barely votes with Nancy Pelosi (except for that over 70% of the time), Pelosi’s DCCC sure is pouring in the cash to get Brad re-elected.
If she doesn’t get Brad’s support, why fly in to meet with him?
Why pump hundreds of thousands into the campaign effort for him?
Brad Ashford brags that he has chosen lots of different party affiliations: Republican, Democrat, Independent.
But when he ran for Congress, he chose Democrat.
And the Democrat leaders have chosen him.
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