Ann Ashford, wife and apparent biggest fan of NE-02 Democrat Congressional candidate Brad Ashford, was tweeting out snippets last night of a blog post written by Amanda Gailey – yes, the same Amanda Gailey who gained notoriety as part of the anti-Turning Point protests at UNL, the same Amanda Gailey who founded Nebraskans Against Gun Violence, and the same Amanda Gailey that once wrote “F**k police” and “F**k the law” on a Facebook post (before being invited to meet then-President Obama).
In her blog post, Gailey went on a rant against NE-02 Congressman Don Bacon for his Martin Luther King, Jr. Day message. She mainly takes issue with Bacon’s statement on civility below, ignoring Dr. King’s message of CIVIL disobedience:
“At a time of great unrest, [King] showed a calm and powerful restraint. While people on both sides of a battle hurled insults (and weapons) at each other, he remained civil and kind. I have long admired the content of Dr. King’s character.
He showed courage and character when defending the values he held dear, but he also taught America how to bring civility into political discourse – something we could use more of today. He inspired real change in America in a way few others have. As Dr. King said, ‘We are not makers of history. We are made by history.'”
Gailey’s blog post itself is full of self-serving and virtue-signaling drivel, unworthy of copying onto these hallowed pages, but here’s a summary: Bacon and Republicans are bad, Democrats are good, people should be divided into groups based on victim status because racism!!!!
The real issue is Ann Ashford’s apparent endorsement of the thoughts contained in Gailey’s post. Is it irony that Bacon complimented the civility of Dr. King and was uncivilly told that civility doesn’t matter? Or is it a view into the mindset of the modern left that in order to position a candidate to win a primary, the candidate must veer as far-left as possible?
To many Nebraskans, Brad Ashford has a reputation as a “flip-flopper,” but he has worked hard over the years to portray himself as a moderate. Some may have bought into this, but his 2018 campaign has tarnished this perception – maybe permanently. Ann Ashford is rumored to be aligned with the far-left “resistance” group Indivisible, and now she is quoting an English professor who once wrote, “F**k police officers who undertook a job that carries inherent risk…”
The Ashfords have discarded their tenuous veneer of moderation in order to win a primary against an opponent to their left. From a man who was once caught on video telling a constituent, “I’ll be whatever you want me to be,” what else could we expect?
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope you enjoyed the holidays and are getting ready for a very exciting year for politics in Nebraska! With NE02 receiving national media attention and the promise of vast sums of outside money pouring in to help Democrats in the district, this race is likely to be a good one to follow.