Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Following GOP Congressman Lee Terry’s paycheck mea culpa Democrat Pete Festersen tells Nebraska Watchdog his phone is ringing off the hook.
Asked if he’s reconsidering his late August decision not to run against Terry, Festersen didn’t shut the door completely.
“I’m very frustrated with the current state of affairs which has only gotten worse in the last month,” said the President of the Omaha City Council. ”I haven’t made any new determination at this point.”
It’s those last three words—”at this point”— that many Democrats, who still don’t have a 2014 challenger to Terry, will be clinging too.
Another Democrat, Learning Community member Lorraine Chang, says she’s not in the game.
“I am not considering a run for Congress,” said Chang whose name surfaced in the last few days.
All this is tied to what Terry admitted Sunday were his “hurtful remarks” surrounding the government shutdown; remarks that found Terry apologizing and “ashamed.”
In addition the 7-term Republican now says he wants his paycheck withheld until furloughed federal workers get their checks.
Late last week when asked by the Omaha World-Herald if he would continue collecting his paychecks during the Washington stalemate Terry said, “Dang straight.”
“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.”
After Terry’s apology Jim Rogers, the Executive Director of the Nebraska Democratic Party, said it was too little, too late.
“It’s a shame that it took massive public outcry for Congressman Terry to realize what everyday Nebraskans already know: voting for an irresponsible government shutdown and keeping his paycheck are Washington values, not Nebraska values,” said Rogers.
Terry is coming off his closest race ever. He defeated Democrat John Ewing 51-49 in 2012. Ewing, the Douglas County Treasurer, is running for re-election in 2014.
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