Democrat Congressman Brad Ashford is using Air Force troops as props in his recent political ad. And it is against Air Force and Department of Defense rules.
In his re-election campaign spot, Ashford uses a photo of himself with members of the 55th Wing at RAF Mildenhall in the United Kingdom, who politely stood with him when he was on an official visit.
Here is the image used in the ad:
Now, these military members have reportedly asked Ashford to take down the photo, and Ashford has ignored their demands.
Ashford’s response to KETV‘s Dave Roberts? “We blurred out their faces.”
Question, reasonable person:
Do you think these troops are unidentifiable because of a slight blur?
How about this:
Here is a before and after of the same pic with Brad’s face blurred just as much as the military members.
Is Ashford now unidentifiable in that second pic?
And oh by the way, this breaks at least 3 Air Force and Department of Defense rules.
Here is one, for example:
A member of the Armed Forces on active duty shall not..Participate in any radio, television, or other program or group discussion as an advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate, or cause.
Seems pretty cut and dried, eh? You would think that a member of the Armed Services Committee, such as Ashford, would know and respect this rule.
But apparently in a tough campaign for Brad, not so much.
Anyone else sort of nonplussed by the AP’s story about Governor Pete Ricketts donating $44K to state Legislative races?
Here’s a guy who spent $12 million of his own money to lose to Ben Nelson back in 2006.
And he put in $300K for the campaign to defeat the death penalty repeal…er retain…er, repeal the retaining law? (We’re fairly sure he wants to keep the death penalty, but you’ll have to vote on that question to see what’s in it…)
Heck, he spent $10 million on Ben Zobrist for just one year! (OK, that’s what the Cubs organization spent on the utility player, but one would have to imagine that Pete’s not letting Todd have ALL the fun…)
Dave Heineman gave $7K out of his own pocket in 2014. That’s like…$80 or $90 million when converted to Pete Ricketts dollars!
So giving 9 candidates an average of $5K apiece isn’t too terribly shocking.
And those on the other side of Ricketts’ wrath are finding out what happens when they don’t support his agenda…
PBS is doing a series of short pieces on the election year, with Republicans races in Blue states and toss-up issues in Purple states…and Democrats in Red States.
And for that last one, they chose to follow Jane Kleeb, Chair-in-Waiting of the state Democrat Party, around in Nebraska to various events.
She sits down at KFAB with Scott Voorhees…oh, wait, sorry…”Conservative Talk Radio Host, Scott Voorhees”, who compliments her on her pipeline activity.
And then she moseys on into a fundraiser for Dist. 21 Legislative candidate Larry Scherer in Lincoln. And, mimicking Nancy Pelosi who doesn’t know the names of the candidates in the district she is raising money for, Kleeb, mic-ed up, whispers to a supporter:
“Don’t laugh at this, but who the fuck is he running against?”
And then declares…
“Larry’s the guy we need in the State Senate.”
After Jane’s done swearing, quick someone tell her that Nebraska doesn’t HAVE a “State Senate”…oh, and that she’ll be likely dealing with Mike Hilgers in January.
Later when sitting with a picnic table full of Democrats (4?) she tells another that,
“Maybe you should be running for State Senate.”
Ah well. It is a decently put together little 12 minute piece that is chuckle-worthy for, if nothing else, seeing a graying, bearded Scott Kleeb…who is pretty much no longer allowed to have any of his own thoughts or opinions…
Watch it here:
Two weeks to go and the hits keep coming!
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