Former Democratic congressman Brad Ashford is taking credit for the current military progress made in the Middle East as he campaigns to regain his seat in the House, but records show he missed key committee hearings regarding the fight against ISIS during his two-year stint in Washington, D.C.
Ashford lost a tight election in 2016 to Rep. Don Bacon (R.) after just one term representing Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. He quickly launched a campaign to retake the seat and is using his experience on the House Armed Services Committee to separate himself from other Democrats vying for the seat.
Ashford told the Omaha World-Herald the “tremendous job” the military is doing now in Iraq and Afghanistan was “enabled” by the work the Armed Services Committee did when he was a member.
Records reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon, however, show that Ashford was a less-than-active member of the committee, skipping 41 percent of the listed hearings he was supposed to attend.