Democratic congressional candidate John Ewing called on his Republican opponent, Rep. Lee Terry, to pull a television ad he called misleading.
“It’s time that we expect more from our public servants,” Ewing said Tuesday.
Ewing, the Douglas County treasurer, also asked Terry to apologize to workers in the Treasurer’s Office.
The commercial accuses Ewing of overspending his budget by $700,000 since 2006-07. But Ewing and other county officials said that what might look like overspending is actually a normal part of Douglas County’s budgeting process.
According to final budgets — after the County Board makes midyear adjustments that include salary increases the board itself approves — Ewing actually spent less than he was allocated each year.
Clare Duda, a Republican member of the County Board, appeared Monday with Terry to support the ad and its allegations.
On Tuesday, Duda reportedly clarified his comments on Ewing’s handling of the budget, but he did not respond to repeated phone messages by The World-Herald.
Terry’s campaign manager said the ad is accurate, and he then doubled down.
“I’m going back to the office to call our media buyers and up the buy,” David Boomer said.
Ewing, who has been far outspent by Terry, had not yet run television advertising but is scheduled to start this week. He said his first ad will “indirectly” refute Terry’s budget attack.
Terry and Ewing are competing in the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District.
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