Apparently a GOP ad targeting a Democratic challenger for his support of a sentencing law that let a convicted killer get out of jail worked on one likely viewer: The convicted killer himself.
Earlier this month, we introduced you to Nikko Jenkins, the Nebraska man convicted of armed robbery and assault. Under the state’s “Good Time” law, supported by Democratic State Sen. Brad Ashford, Jenkins got out of prison early, only to return when he was convicted a few months later on four counts of first-degree murder.
An ad supporting U.S. House Republican incumbent Rep. Lee Terry not-so-subtly connected challenger Ashford directly to a menacing-looking, face-tattooed Jenkins. Critics of the ad declared it an updated version of the infamous “Willie Horton” ad, which was accused of ginning racial fears to go after a Democrat.
Flash-forward to this week: While in court Wednesday for his competency hearing, Jenkins let the audience know his opinion on who should win the aforementioned battle for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District. KMTV was there to witness it:
“Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever. He worships my [unintelligible],” Jenkins shouted.
“Vote for Lee Terry. He’s a great guy,” he added.
Probably not the desired effect the Republicans were looking for…
Watch the ad below:
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