OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A former U.S. Congressman could be challenging U.S. Senator Ben Sasse in a unique way.
Fmr. Rep. Brad Ashford says he will run as a write-in candidate for the Democratic party against U.S. Senator Ben Sasse in November’s election. He represented Omaha’s district in U.S. Congress from 2014-2016.
The current Democratic candidate, Chris Janicek, has been asked to step down by the party because of inappropriate text messages he sent to a staffer. He has refused to step down.
If he doesn’t by September 1, Ashford will file as a write-in candidate.
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He says our democracy is at stake.
“Going back to a time when people really cared about each other and worked together, and if we don’t do that we’re going to continue to be divided right down the center and that’s where we are now,” Ashford explained.
He was asked by Nebraska Democratic Party Chair Jane Kleeb over the weekend.
“Jane Kleeb is apparently on her fifth handpicked candidate in four days. Not sure what’s going on in the clown car over there, but we look forward to the scheduled statewide debate with the Democratic Party’s duly elected nominee on September 4,” said Taylor Sliva, Sasse’s Campaign Manager.
Ashford said he’d love to debate Senator Sasse before the election.
He believes he can win, and wants Nebraskans to know he will stand up against either party if he feels it’s important to the people.