WASHINGTON – Rep. Brad Ashford, D-Neb., is one of the House members most likely to buck his party on contentious votes, according to CQ Roll Call’s annual study.
That publication analyzes votes every year to determine lawmakers’ “party unity” scores based on votes where a majority of Republicans and a majority of Democrats voted differently.
Ashford voted against his party 28.1 percent of the time in 2015, according to the report released this week. Only three House Democrats and two Republicans showed less fealty to their parties.
The Omaha congressman was quick to seize on the rankings as a badge of honor.
“The only way Congress will solve the challenges we face as a country is to compromise and work with people on the other side of the aisle to build consensus,” Ashford said in a press release. “Throughout my entire career, I’ve been more focused on the quality of a proposed solution than which party was offering it. I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas.”
Both Republicans and Democrats have identified Ashford as one of the more vulnerable incumbents this year, based on the rightward tilt of Nebraska’s 2nd District.