Congressman Brad Ashford says a scheduling conflict caused him to miss Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign rally in Omaha.
Ashford, a Democrat freshman running for re-election, says his absence from the Clinton rally in Omaha is easy to explain.
“I wasn’t at the rally, because my son and I were on a trip that we’d had planned for six months,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Ashford says that if he had been home, he would have attended the rally.
Clinton campaigned at Omaha North Magnet High School last Monday, August 1st, signaling her efforts to capture the presidential electoral vote from the Second Congressional District, while helping Ashford’s re-election bid.
Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett appeared with Clinton and introduced her. Former Sen. Ben Nelson spoke at the rally. Ashford wasn’t there.
Ashford fashions himself as a Congressman not tied too closely to the Democratic Party, but willing to work both sides of the aisle as his conscience dictates and in accordance with the district’s needs. Congressional Quarterly rates Ashford in the top five of most-bipartisan members of Congress, a rating Ashford shares with pride.
Ashford dismisses concerns that he doesn’t want to be too closely associated with Clinton and predicts she will invest heavily in the Second Congressional District.
“Hillary, the campaign, is aggressively here and it’s very similar to the Obama campaign in ’08,” Ashford says.
President Barack Obama took an electoral vote from Nebraska in 2008. Though he lost the state badly, Obama won the Second and won the electoral vote.
Ashford, challenged by Republican Don Bacon, will emphasize his bipartisanship during his re-election campaign, claiming it has been the key in getting things done for the district.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]