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Festersen out of Congressional race, Democrats wonder who’s in

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Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

Nebraska Democrats must be muttering two words: Now what?

More specifically: Who?

Pete Festersen

Pete Festersen

Who will they get to run in the face of Pete Festersen’s bombshell that—for the second time in a few months—he’s dropped out of the race for Congress against incumbent Republican Lee Terry.

Rep. Lee Terry

Rep. Lee Terry

Festersen tells Nebraska Watchdog he still thinks the time is right for a Democrat to take Terry out, just not him.

According to Festersen, he was unable to juggle family life, business and his post as president of the Omaha City Council.

“The time demands of all those things, it was becoming clear to me I couldn’t balance all of them.”

Festersen says he never considered resigning from the city council in order to clear his plate for the congressional race.

Many Democrats are convinced Terry is as vulnerable as ever.

The congressman fell on his sword earlier this fall, admitting to “hurtful remarks” about the government shutdown; remarks that found him apologizing and withholding his paycheck until furloughed federal workers got their checks.

The mea culpa followed his comment that he would continue collecting his paychecks during the Washington stalemate.

“Dang straight,” Terry told the Omaha World-Herald. “I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it.”

Even with Festersen out, Terry will still have to clear at least one hurdle.

Fellow Republican Dan Frei is challenging Terry in next May’s GOP primary.

Stay with Nebraska Watchdog for more on his developing story.

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Joe formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.