Democrat Jane Raybould has released her first television ad in her challenge to Republican U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer’s re-election.
The ad dubs Fischer “DC Deb,” claiming she has lost touch with Nebraska.
It features Humboldt dairy farmer Ben Steffen, who told reporters during a news conference, he isn’t impressed with Fischer’s joining the Senate ag committee.
“To have Sen. Fischer jump on the ag committee in the election year is totally unacceptable,” according to Steffen. “It’s not the kind of Senate representation that Nebraskans deserve.”
Sen. Ben Sasse had served on the Agriculture Committee, but left to take a seat on the Judiciary Committee. Nebraska didn’t have a seat on the Senate Agriculture Committee for the first time since 1969.
Fischer joined the committee earlier this year. Raybould called her move politically motivated.
Raybould pounded home the theme of the commercial during the news conference held at a Russ’s Market in Lincoln.
“My campaign is releasing this ad today, because Sen. Fischer went to Washington and forgot that she’s supposed to be fighting for Nebraska families and our Nebraska farmers,” Raybould stated.
Raybould criticized Fischer for voting the Republican party line 98% of the time.
Russ’s Market grocery chain is owned and operated by the Raybould family. Raybould also serves on the Lincoln City Council.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]