Old habits die hard. Brad Ashford’s flip-flops for political expediency are nothing new. What’s amazing is that even when he’s not in office, they fail to cease.
As the Omaha World-Herald reports, Ashford is backtracking from his support of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and now believes “we simply don’t need it.”
While we may not know what Ashford’s next career move is, we know he’s already turning his back on Nebraskans and the economic benefit from construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, which he had previously promised to support.
Going whatever way the political winds blow, Ashford will be whoever you want him to be, or whatever advances his career – it’s all about Brad, not Nebraskans.
Brad Ashford Flip-Flopped On The Keystone XL Pipeline
The Omaha World-Herald Said Brad Ashford Is Now “Singing A Different Tune” On The Keystone Pipeline, Which He Now Claims To Oppose After Supporting It As A Congressman. “Climate change is shaping up as a potent issue in the battle for Nebraska’s Omaha-based 2nd District. Consider former Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., who recently abandoned his support for the Keystone XL pipeline as he mulls another run for Congress. Fellow Democrat Kara Eastman, who is already running for the seat, says she has opposed the pipeline all along and that addressing climate change is a moral imperative.… Ashford supported the pipeline that many of his fellow Democrats opposed. As a Democrat in Congress, Ashford even backed a GOP measure to force approval of the project in the face of President Barack Obama’s successful veto of the bill.Now Ashford is singing a different tune. He says he stands by the pipeline review process that he helped craft as a state legislator in response to TransCanada’s proposal, but that he was always skeptical about the actual need for the pipeline.” (Joseph Morton, “In Battle For 2nd Congressional District, Climate Change Is Becoming A Hot Topic,” Omaha World-Herald, 6/7/17)
Omaha World-Herald Cartoon On Brad Ashford’s Flip-Flop On The Keystone XL Pipeline:
(@ray_meints Tweet, Published 6/7/17)
According The State Department’s 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, 42,100 Jobs Would Be Created During Construction Of The Keystone Pipeline. “During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States.” (U.S. Department Of State, Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, January 2014)