Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
UPDATE: October 11, 2012.
Congressman Lee Terry’s controversial TV ad attacking John Ewing as a big spending Democrat is on its way out.
Terry’s campaign insists the decision to remove the ad has nothing to do with a series of complaints that the ad was misleading.
But both Ewing and Kris Pierce, the chairman of the Douglas County Democratic Party, disagree.
According to Ewing, “I hope that we can expect honesty from Mr. Terry for the remainder of this campaign.”
Pierce issued a statement saying, “Finally Congressman Terry has distinguished fact from fiction and has come to realize that that kind of campaign does not mesh with Nebraska values.”
Terry’s campaign manager, Dave Boomer, tells Nebraska Watchdog the spending ad has simply run its course and is being replaced with a new ad that questions Ewing’s position on Medicare.
Boomer says that ad should begin running tomorrow.
After the spending ad was released on Monday, Democrats demanded that Terry pull the ad immediately.
But instead Terry’s campaign said they were doubling down, running the ad even more than they first planned.
Nebraska Watchdog asked Boomer about that move:
Nebraska Watchdog: Did you ever up the buy on the spending ad like you said you were going to?
Boomer: I was in the process of doing it.
Nebraska Watchdog: So it never happened?
Boomer: Right. I was ordering more (advertising time) and I needed to offset it but the technical answer is yes…yes I did that’s the answer.
Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
October 10, 2012
Douglas County Democrats trotted out the “L” word today, calling Republican Congressman Lee Terry a liar.
Terry is apparently not talking.
It’s the newest chapter in the fight over Terry’s latest ad, which as Nebraska Watchdog has reported, finds Terry attacking Democrat John Ewing.
Kris Pierce, the Douglas County Democratic Chairman, is now requesting that either Terry or the local TV stations pull the ad.
“Lee Terry is a liar,” Pierce said during a morning news conference. Pierce adding, “Because (Terry) has to go on those ads and say, ‘I approved this message.’”
The ad claims that Ewing, who says he’s saved tax dollars as the Douglas County Treasurer, has been a big spender.
Terry’s campaign is standing behind the ad, despite a new wrinkle in the fight.
Douglas County Commissioner Clare Duda—a Republican who stood with Terry when the ad was released on Monday—is now backtracking a bit.
“I kind of stepped in it,” says Duda.
Duda tells Nebraska Watchdog that while the the ad “is factually correct I would have used a different set of budget figures if I could have done it all over again.”
The figures in Terry’s ad find that since 2007 Ewing spent $688,000 more than was budgeted, initially asking for $1.2 million more.
During an interview with Nebraska Watchdog, Ewing brought out county records showing he had spent $155,000 less than was budgeted.
Nebraska Watchdog: Didn’t you initially request more money than you eventually wound up getting?
Ewing: Absolutely. We then sat down with the county board…we negotiate back and forth…and once I’m given a budget I live within that budget.
At least part of the difference between Terry’s numbers and Ewing’s lies in the inner workings of the county board, which produces two budget figures.
Terry used the first number which did not include budget increases for midyear wage hikes. Ewing is using the second, and larger, number which includes those wage adjustments.
According to Ewing by ignoring those added pay hikes Terry’s campaign is using figures designed to ”confuse the public.”
Nebraska Watchdog asked to speak directly to Terry about all this today but he has not been available.
Stay with Nebraska Watchdog for more information as this story continues to develop.
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