Author: Locke

Locke is a contributing writer on Leavenworth St.

Civility \ sə-ˈvi-lə-tē \

UNCIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

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.

 

Bills are for little people…

flip-flop accountability

As noted elsewhere today, career politician Brad Ashford seemingly has some trouble staying current on his bills. I wonder how confused Bacon’s office was when they were contacted by bill collectors. I also wonder:

  1. Why was a bill in the Ashford campaign’s name being paid for by his Congressional office? That’s a pretty big (and possibly illegal) oops.
  2. Why did Ashford think he could leave unpaid bills after voters removed him from office?
  3. If not purposeful, then was this Ashford’s own incompetence, or was it his Chief of Staff Jeremy Nordquist’s failure?
  4. How can voters trust Ashford to legislate and vote on appropriations if he can’t stay on top of an internet bill?
  5. Will Ashford’s primary opponent Kara Eastman use this as an opportunity? Heck of a contrast.

Sure seems as though paying bills to avoid these SNAFUs is something a responsible person would endeavor to do. Then again, maybe I’ve been doing it wrong… How rich could we all be if we just shifted responsibility for our bills onto others? I know what I’m doing this afternoon!

speaking of ethics…

Jeremy Nordquist, former Chief of Staff to Brad Ashford (among other things), now serves in the same role to Rep. O’Halleran down in Arizona’s 1st.

Nordquist no longer lives in Nebraska, but he sure seems to be interested in our politics. From calling out Senator Fischer to trolling Rep. Bacon, he apparently just can’t keep his focus on the district – or even the state – he works for.

Maybe he just can’t stop himself. Maybe he deeply cares about bashing Nebraska’s Republicans. Or, maybe he just wants his old job back should Ashford somehow win. Regardless, if I lived in AZ-1, I’d be pretty upset that my Congressman’s Chief of Staff isn’t focused on my district.

 

In other news

Two weeks til Christmas and no measureable snow in sight. Bummer for the kids. Anyone ever tried to make a snowman out of flour? I’ll let you know how it goes.

Poll? What poll?

Breaking news?

A new poll was released this week showing Don Bacon down by 9 points to Brad Ashford, among other things.

Don’t fret – the sky isn’t falling. The Democrat-aligned pollster, Public Policy Polling, has earned a reputation… and not a good one. This particular poll was an automated 20-question survey of 535 voters in NE-02 over November 8-9. Oh, did I mention the poll was commissioned by Nancy Pelosi’s PAC? Yes, the same Nancy Pelosi who gave Brad Ashford’s campaign thousands of dollars last quarter. PPP didn’t even release the list of questions or demographics of who was polled. Furthering their reputation, apparently.

Did you get polled for this? If so, leave a comment.

meanwhile…

National publications such as Roll Call are releasing their lists of vulnerable House incumbents for 2018. Fewer and fewer are mentioning Don Bacon. You might think they know something the Democrats haven’t figured out yet, but Democrats are well-aware that Bacon has strong support. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has released their “Red to Blue” list of their top 11 target districts, and NE-02’s Bacon isn’t on it. National Democrats are still supporting their chosen one, Brad Ashford. But it doesn’t look like he should expect the cavalry to come riding in to save him, either.

Where’s Kara?

In all of the hubbub about the polling and targeted districts/candidates, one thing is clear: The national Democrats aren’t even considering Kara Eastman as a factor in this race. Maybe she doesn’t need them. After all, she has this guy on her side, and he REALLY doesn’t like Brad Ashford. He gets bonus points for a great list of Brad’s flip-flops.

tax problems

Somehow, Brad Ashford is upset with the new GOP tax plan because Nebraska has such high taxes. So, Brad served in the Legislature for 16 years and allowed our state taxes to climb this high, yet now he complains they’re too high? Certainly one of you fine readers can explain this reasoning. Probably not, though.

One Year Away

NE-02 Leaning Republican

It is widely known that General Don Bacon was the only Republican challenger to defeat an incumbent Democrat in a House race last year. This was no small feat.

Now, despite organized “resistance” movements on the left claiming NE-02 will be moving into the blue column in 2018, Roll Call has released their Top 10 Most Vulnerable list… and Rep Bacon isn’t on it. In fact, Roll Call and other national publications now have this district as “leaning Republican.”

The 2016 race, characterized as a toss-up by most pollsters, was clear evidence of how Brad Ashford’s constituents felt about him.  If that lesson wasn’t clear enough after the loss, it should be now based on Ashford’s dismal fundraising efforts – when your fundraising is compared to Omaha’s panhandling, you know there’s a problem.

Now, voters are starting to get a realistic view of the 2018 race, and it does not bode well for Democrats: Ashford’s constant pandering and flip-flopping on positions, his inability to raise money, and the result of the Mayor’s race earlier this year mean the Democrat Establishment’s favored candidate is going to have a rough time. As a former member of Congress, Brad should have easily been able to reach $225k in Q3, and coming in at a paltry $125k says more about his support and chances than he likely realizes.

Other issues from Ashford’s past are in the news again lately… The streetcar project that forced out Ashford now seems to be gaining momentum; Brad’s past support of cutting corporate tax rates and eliminating the estate tax are a stark contrast to the views of many Democrats; and for his 68th birthday (Nov 10), his devoted wife Ann has been running a social media blitz in an apparent attempt to “humanize” him to the district and ask for money.

One possible bright spot for the Democrats this cycle is Kara Eastman, who has done relatively well with grassroots support thus far. While the national party has seemingly abandoned her in favor of Ashford (Bernie all over again), she claims to have the backing of local Democrats, unions, and other groups that could propel her past Ashford’s PAC money. It remains unknown whether she is truly ready for a Congressional campaign, but by remaining true to her principles she offers Democrats something Ashford seemingly does not.

Regardless, Rep Bacon’s “energizer bunny” style of governing is earning him strong support in the community, especially among veterans and college-aged political newcomers. With one year to go until election day, it is becoming abundantly clear why national publications are removing Bacon and NE02 from their list of vulnerable incumbents.