A new ad produced by the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) tries to link Nebraska State Sen. Brad Ashford (D) to Nikko Jenkins, a black man who killed four people.
Jenkins was imprisoned for robbery and assault, but was released from jail on July 30, 2013, and killed four people in Omaha, Neb., reported the Journal Star.
Omaha.com notes that a recent report by Nebraska's Ombudsman's Office claimed that Jenkins "told prison officials several times that he planned a violent, murderous rampage upon his release and that he took commands from an Egyptian god... but prison doctors diagnosed Jenkins with a behavior disorder that is not a treatable mental illness."
However, the Republican ad (video below) on behalf of Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) tries to blame Ashford for Jenkins' release under the "Good Time" law, which has been the state law since 1992.
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The "Good Time" law allows prisoners who exhibit good behavior to get one day of "good time" for every day they spend in jail.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, a Republican, advocated "extra good time" for prisoners in 2011, which his own prison system supported, as did Ashford.
So now, the Republican Party is attacking Ashford supporting a Republican governor's idea in order to get Rep. Terry re-elected.
“Brad Ashford supported the ‘Good Time’ law and still defends it, allowing criminals like Nikko Jenkins to be released early,” the 30-second ad states, noted Mediaite.com.
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The ad has been compared to the infamous "Willie Horton" ad used President George H.W. Bush in 1988 against Democrat Michael Dukakis, reports Salon.com.
The NRCC told the Washington Times, “Brad Ashford’s dangerous record on crime is fair game. Nebraska voters deserve to know that Brad Ashford supports policies that have made them less safe.”
The ad fails to note that Jenkins eventually would have been released with or without the "Good Time" law because he was serving time for assault and robbery, not murder.
Jenkins admitted to a judge in April that he committed the murders and was found guilty, reported Omaha.com.