Congressman Terry’s Democratic rival gets DC promotion


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

On the heels of a Brad Ashford campaign poll which finds the Omaha Democrat dead even with GOP Congressman Lee Terry, DC Democrats are putting Ashford on a key money list.

Brad Ashford

Roll call is reporting that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has added the state senator to the party’s “Red to Blue” program which targets open seats and slots held by Republicans.

As Nebraska Watchdog first reported Ashford is touting a poll which finds him tied with the eight-term incumbent: It’s 41-41.

Adding to Terry’s potential struggle is the absence of Tea Partier Chip Maxwell in the poll. Political insiders on both sides of the aisle expect Maxwell, who is pushing to get his name on the November ballot, to take a chunk of votes from Terry.

Terry’s campaign has downplayed the poll, insisting among other things that it was done by a “liberal” public relations firm.

Ashford was not included in the DCCC’s big TV plans announced last week—reserving some $40 million in advertising time for the fall—but that list is said to be subject to change.

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