This article originally appeared on watchdog.org.
The deadly Ebola virus is now alive and well in the Omaha race for Congress.
Incumbent GOP CongressmanÂ Lee TerryÂ is being criticized for his â€śrepeated failures to stop the Ebola outbreak,â€ť according to backers of DemocratÂ Brad AshfordÂ who are expected to take their complaints public later today.
Washington Democrats started this drumbeat last week, accusing Terry of cutting funding for the Centers for Disease Control, the federal governmentâ€™s point man against epidemics.
Team Terry tellsÂ Nebraska WatchdogÂ the Ebola charges are â€śdesperate.â€ť
Terryâ€™s campaign manager,Â Kent Grisham, says the eight-term incumbent recently â€śvoted to approve $88 million in American aid to help the Ebola crisis.â€ť Grisham adds that during Terryâ€™s debate with Ashford last month, Terry noted his support of President Obamaâ€™s efforts to combat Ebola.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee argues that in 2011 Terry voted to slash the CDCâ€™s funding by 12 percent, $755 million.
According to Team Ashford, among those taking Terry to task today â€” a news conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. outside the Nebraska Medical Center â€” are â€ślocal first responders and medical personnel.â€ť
Sticking to theÂ Terry campaign themeÂ that Ashford is soft on crime, Grisham says Ashford is â€śputting the people of Omaha at risk by releasing violent criminals from prison early.â€ť
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