Republicans Try To Link Nebraska Dem To Spree Killer With Campaign Ad

Republicans unveiled a campaign ad on Friday that attempts to connect a Democratic challenger for a Nebraska congressional seat to one of the state’s most infamous killers.

The 30-second ad by the National Republican Congressional Committee went after state Sen. Brad Ashford (D), who is attempting to unseat U.S. Rep. Lee Terry, for supporting Nebraska’s “good time” laws, which allow prisoners to shorten their sentences with good behavior and rehabilitation.

The ad, which the Washington Post reported is set to air on Omaha broadcast and cable networks, features Nikko Jenkins, who killed four people in 2013 within weeks of being released from prison on an assault conviction.

The ad includes video of Jenkins, his face and neck covered in tattoos, in court yelling at the television camera.

“Brad Ashford supported the good time law and still defends it,” a woman could be heard saying, “allowing criminals like Nikko Jenkins to be released early.”

Ashford backed the decades-old “good time” laws as head of the committee overseeing debate on them, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

The Washington Post reported the NRCC plans to spend $170,000 to air the ad.

Watch the ad here:

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