Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Unable to land anyone to run against Congressman Lee Terry next year Democrats are convinced someone will soon step up thanks, in no small part, to Terry’s own words.
Despite plenty of blow-back Team Terry spent part of Friday doubling down on their boss’ blunt comment that despite the government shutdown he’s earned his pay.
“Dang straight,” Terry told the Omaha World-Herald when asked if he would continue collecting his paychecks during the stalemate.
“I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it,” elaborated Terry. “Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”
Late Friday a Terry spokesman added, “Congressman Terry has been working tirelessly to keep the government open and ensure that Nebraska families don’t suffer.”
Spokesman Larry Farnsworth went on to blame the shutdown on House Democrats.
But at least one new national poll says otherwise.
By a margin of 72-22 voters oppose Congress’ decision to shutdown the government in order to block ObamaCare, according to a Quinnipiac University survey.
Those numbers echo comments Sen. Mike Johanns (R) made to Nebraska Watchdog earlier this week.
The poll goes on to say that looking at the 2014 Congressional races, voters pick a generic Democrat over a generic Republican candidate 43-34, the widest Democratic margin measured so far.
A Democratic insider tells Nebraska Watchdog those numbers and Terry’s pay pronouncement will soon “attract someone good to run” against the seven-term incumbent.
Pete Festersen flirted at a run but last month the Democratic President of the Omaha City Council said no.
This week State Sen. Brad Ashford, whose name surfaced after Festersen didn’t bite, also said he wasn’t interested.
Terry is coming off his toughest race ever. In 2012 he defeated John Ewing 51-49.
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