Look, I get that politicians have to spin issues. And when you’re Lee Terry and you have quite literally only f**ked things up while you were in office, you can’t run on what you’ve done. You run against the other guy. And not even the other guy, the tainted and completely unfair version of the other guy you paint him to be.
Lee Terry’s camp referred to Brad Ashford as being a part of a “left-wing” legislative committee that failed to get tough on crime.
I already told you why this is insane, but nobody else in the actual media (which I am not) is calling out Terry on his absolute total bullshit. So, to reiterate: BRAD ASHFORD WAS A REGISTERED REPUBLICAN UNTIL RECENTLY. He is about as non-“left wing” as you can be. Are you kidding me with this?! Let me say again: ASHFORD WAS A REPUBLICAN. Knock, knock. Who’s there? Brad Ashford was a Republican. Old McDonald had a farm, and Brad Ashford was a Republican. I’m all about that bass, ’bout that bass, Brad Ashford was a Republican.
However you have to remind yourself that these claims are silly, please do.
But here’s the thing, nobody even calls anybody on these lies. So State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh comes out and says “If you did not introduce bills acceptable to the liberal left-wing committee, it was not coming out.” Shit, how crazy was this committee? If only there was some way to find out…
- Sen. Brad Ashford, Chairperson (Current Democrat, FORMER REPUBLICAN…B-I-N-G-Oh yeah Brad Ashford was a Republican)
- Sen. Ernie Chambers (Admitted crazy liberal dude)
- Sen. Mark Christensen (Republican)
- Sen. Colby Coash (Republican)
- Sen. Al Davis (No party)
- Sen. Steve Lathrop (Democrat)
- Sen. Amanda McGill (Democrat)
- Sen. Les Seiler (No Party)
To recap: Of the 8 people who make up this godless bastion of America-hating, left-wing liberal hippie shits, 2 were registered republicans, two don’t even declare a party, and one is a current democrat and former Republican. AT BEST the committee was HALF liberal. AT BEST. But they get to come out and say things like this and nobody says “Wait just a tick…”
The whole thing is preposterous, as this is just a crazy smear campaign. They have an ad running in which Ashford says “I honestly don’t think that’s the biggest problem” in referring to the Good Time Law. It’s soundbite, edited advertising bullshit. The Good Time Law, if enforced appropriately, is fine. But when people in our state can’t do math and admit they screwed up letting some criminals go and when they failed to deduct for bad behavior against Nikko Jenkins (and others), that’s not on the law. Dear Republicans: That line of thinking is like saying we should put a whole bunch more laws against guns on the books in the hopes of stopping people from doing dumb things. Your argument is always that we should enforce the laws we have. Well, there you go.
But all of this hinges on something very easy: Fear. Terry knows he can’t win on his merit. He has to jump out from behind the bushes and say “Boo!”
So, if you’re against Good Time Laws like Terry apparently is, let me ask you the question in a different way, Mr. (hopefully former) Congressman: What taxes will you be raising to pay for the new prisons? Which criminals would you suggest we not pursue because our prisons are overcrowded? Lemme know.
And while you’re at it, remember: Jack and Jill went up the hill, and Brad Ashford used to be a Republican.