Posted 1 year ago

By Post Staff

Tom BrewerRetired U-S Army Colonel Tom Brewer, who is challenging incumbent 4-term Congressman Adrian Smith in the Republican primary, has brought his campaign back to the Panhandle.

A Gordon area native, Brewer’s schedule had him in Chadron for a meet-and-greet yesterday and will see him meet today with the Scotts Bluff County Young Republicans.

Brewer, who spent 36 years in the military and was badly wounded in Afghanistan, is optimistic while freely admitting he’s a big underdog against the 4-term incumbent who has been funded by several large national PACs and last week was endorsed by the U-S Chamber of Commerce.

The challenge got even bigger when Brewer was diagnosed with leukemia shortly after entering the House race and had to limit his campaigning to the Lincoln area while going through a 6-week schedule of treatments.

The treatments are over, the prognosis very good for full recovery, and Brewer is expanding his campaign schedule across the state.

Brewer also thinks his heavy campaign schedule will reassure any voters worried about his health.

Brewer has been critical of Smith’s lack of leadership and unwillingness to challenge House GOP leaders on issues of importance to the 3rd District.

He says his comments have drawn an official reprimand from national party leaders for violating Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment”…Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican….but says he has no plans to back off his criticisms.