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Mark Sullivan: Adrian Smith Should Be Fired For Representing The Washington Bosses And Not The Nebraska People

Earlier this year, Mark Sullivan filed for the 3rd Congressional District seat and began his challenge to Representative Adrian Smith. Sullivan is from rural Hamilton County and is a fourth generation Nebraska farmer. Sullivan's grandfather and father farmed near Doniphan, where Sullivan now runs a 950 head feedlot and farms about 500 acres. He and his wife of 41 years, Karen, have four adult sons with their own families who also live and work in central Nebraska.

Sullivan says he felt compelled to run for Congress because of the gridlock in Washington. Sullivan says he and the voters share a frustration over partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill that he says has stymied the political process and contributed to the downgrading of the country's credit rating last year. Sullivan has correctly pointed out that Smith has only contributed to the problem. "When did compromise become a dirty word?" Sullivan asked. "Adrian Smith ought to be fired for representing the Washington bosses and not the Nebraska people."

Adrian Smith is certainly part of the problem in D.C. and his background certainly forecast that. In 2006, Smith was elected with the help of then President George W. Bush and the Wall Street-based Club For Growth. Back in October 2006, Smith was locked in a tight race with Scott Kleeb and only a last minute campaign visit from Bush saved the 3rd C.D. seat for the Republicans. Smith's 2006 campaign was also assisted by hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising from the Club For Growth, which supports the end of all farm subsidies.

Smith's performance in the House of Representatives this year has been especially harmful to the 3rd C.D. The Senate recently passed the farm bill with a large bi-partisan majority. Over in the House, the farm bill was reported out by the Agriculture Committee and enjoys bi-partisan support. However, House Speaker John Boehner refuses to allow an up or down vote on the farm bill because it is opposed by the radical Tea Party faction. Adrian Smith has supported Boehner's efforts to bottle up the farm bill.

The radical House Republicans' failure to pass a farm bill will kill jobs in the 3rd C.D. (and the rest of the country). During one of the worst drought in modern history, it is time for Adrian Smith to stop appeasing the Tea Party faction and help pass the farm bill. Even Jeff Fortenberry and Deb Fischer have called for swift passage of the farm bill. This demonstrates just how extreme and out of touch Smith is with his constituents.

The voters in the 3rd C.D. now face an important choice. They can either support Adrian Smith and perpetuate the job killing gridlock in Washington, D.C., or the voters can elect Mark Sullivan who has promised to compromise and work across party lines to get things accomplished for the 3rd C.D. and the country. I predict that the voters of the 3rd C.D. will tire of Smith's hyper-partisanship and send Mark Sullivan - a true man of the people - to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.



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