Former Rep. Brad Ashford won’t represent RFD-TV after all

October 14, 2018 GMT

WASHINGTON — Brad Ashford won’t be representing RFD-TV after all.

The former Omaha congressman had reported this week that he was lobbying for the rural television network’s parent company, Rural Media Group. That representation was through the Omaha firm Houghton Bradford Whitted PC LLO, which had been paid $10,000 in the third quarter of 2018, according to lobbying disclosure reports filed by Ashford.

But now company founder Patrick Gottsch and Ashford both say there was a “misunderstanding.”

How that misunderstanding happened isn’t exactly clear, but Ashford plans to file new disclosure forms saying he does not represent the company.

“Rural Media Group, Inc has been working on some issues in Washington, D.C., and we hope to have a formal announcement soon,” Gottsch wrote in an email.

Ashford, a Democrat, represented Nebraska’s 2nd District for one term before he lost to Republican Don Bacon in 2016.

He mounted a bid to reclaim the seat but lost the Democratic primary earlier this year to nonprofit executive Kara Eastman.

Ashford said that while he’s not interested in moving to Washington to lobby, he will look for other clients and projects rooted in Nebraska to represent.

“It’s pretty clear to me I’m not going to be running for Congress again,” Ashford said. “I really enjoy representing Nebraska interests, and this is a way I can do it.”