A former Nebraska Congressman hopes to return to Washington.
Former Democratic Congressman Brad Ashford served a term in Congress before a narrow loss two years ago to Republican Don Bacon.
Ashford has filed to run again for the Second Congressional District, saying Republican control of Washington has plunged the nation deep into debt, undermining any attempt to repair the nation’s infrastructure.
Ashford says President Donald Trump can talk about rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure, but his policies have left no money for it. Ashford criticizes Trump for passing tax cuts even as he proposes spending increases in the budget he delivered to Congress. He says the resulting deficits will drive up inflation, wiping out any tax breaks Nebraskans receive.
“We had a plan when I was in Congress to leverage money coming back from overseas on infrastructure,” Ashford tells Nebraska Radio Network. “That never happened.”
Ashford upset Republican incumbent Lee Terry in 2014. In 2016, he lost a close race with political new-comer, Republican Don Bacon, former commander of Offutt Air Force Base.
Ashford is a former state senator who says Congress can learn a lot from how the non-partisan Nebraska Unicameral operates.
Ashford says the differences between Democrats and Republicans in Washington can be seen in the extreme right policies being pushed by Republicans.
“And I think those differences are differences between the center and the far right and that’s where the Republican Party is today,” according to Ashford. “And Congressman Bacon votes with the far right and with the Trump Administration. The voters know that.”
The Ashford-Bacon race was close. Bacon won nearly 49% of the vote. Ashford came up short with nearly 48%. Ashford points out he won Omaha, but lost the race when Bacon took Sarpy County. Ashford vows to campaign harder in Sarpy County this year.
The race undoubtedly will be closely watched nationally as Democrats attempt to regain the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The re-match isn’t assured. Ashford must defeat Kara Eastman in the Democratic Party before he can face Bacon again.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]