Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
It appears Lee Terry didn’t need a poll to tell him that 2014 is going to be a rough year—possibly his roughest yet.
A Democratic poll released last week finds the Republican Congressman in a statistical dead heat, 44-42, with Democrat Pete Festersen.
As Nebraska Watchdog first reported when the poll zeroed in on Terry’s shutdown-paycheck gaffe Festersen’s lead jumped to 10 points, 49-39.
But even before the poll was released Terry—who is getting hit by anti-Congress fury as well as critics from the left and the right— tipped his political hand indicating he fears Festersen far more than Tea partyer Chip Maxwell.
Terry’s concern was unveiled Wednesday when he cast his ‘budget-brink of disaster’ vote to end the shutdown and avoid a government default.
You see prior to the vote Maxwell—who is “exploring” a run at Terry in May’s GOP primary—said, “I’m not willing to raise the debt ceiling.”
Terry’s vote did, at least temporarily.
In addition Terry issued a statement that “we can’t allow America to go into default…the consequences of higher interest rates on families’ budgets and current government debt would negatively impact job growth, our economy, people’s retirement and our nation’s ability to conduct business.”
In an on-camera interview with Nebraska Watchdog (see video here) Maxwell says the default argument is a fraud.
Nebraska Watchdog: What do you say to those who are concerned that if you don’t raise the debt ceiling the view…
Nebraska Watchdog: …the view of the U.S. around the world goes right into the tank and the ramifications are unbelievable.
Maxwell: That’s only if we don’t pay our debt obligation. We have plenty of money in the treasury to keep up with our debt obligations.
Terry’s vote gives Maxwell room to claim that the 8-term congressman caved in to President Obama and that Terry is ‘not conservative enough.’
But had Terry voted against the deal, Festersen would have more ammunition to target Terry as ‘too extreme’ siding with the Tea partyers.
In a swing district—Terry’s coming off a 2-point win over Democrat John Ewing—Terry has decided to try and move, at least a bit, to the middle and not further right.
That strategy works for the general election but assumes that Terry survives the primary.
Terry’s decided that Festersen, not Maxwell, is enemy number one.
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