It’s round two of the ad wars (see video below) between Congressman Lee Terry (NE-R) and Democrat Tom White, but first some “crap.”
“Crap,” is Terry’s one word description of a New York Post article linking him with a “comely lobbyist.”
Terry has denounced the article, calling it “repulsive and inaccurate garbage,” since it was first published in July. But for weeks Terry had not answered any questions from the media about the Post’s “Page Six” column. Tuesday, during an interview on KFAB radio, Terry had a few more words on the subject.
The Post quotes Terry asking the female lobbyist, “Why did you get me so drunk?” But Terry tells KFAB, “someone took a 15 second, seven second, completely changed the word, the context, everything whatever. Because the incident of having drinks or whatever with the female lobbyist just was not true.” Terry, who is running for re-election against Democrat Tom White, went on to say that in his business “crap like that happens.”
As recently as last week, White’s campaign, accused Terry of “ducking the media.” The comment followed an exclusive report by Nebraska Watchdog that House Minority Leader John Boehner (OH-R) had been in town in late August, quietly raising money for Terry. Despite the fact that Boehner is in line to be the next Speaker of the House if Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in November, the Omaha news media was never told Boehner was here.
White’s campaign manager, Ian Russell, told Nebraska Watchdog that by keeping the fundraiser out of the public eye Terry was able to avoid “awkward questions.” Noting news reports that Boehner had told some congressional Republicans to be careful of their cozy relationships with lobbyists, Russell wonders “whether Boehner was talking about Lee Terry.”
Terry didn’t mention Boehner during his KFAB interview. Terry did say the Post’s story was very difficult on his wife, Robyn. According to Terry, “She wasn’t angry at me…she felt like she was being attacked too.”
Meanwhile Terry’s and White’s TV ads are now naming names, each other’s name. Terry says if White’s elected taxes will go up to pay off the country’s $2 trillion debt. White, who says Terry’s votes in Congress put the country in debt, wants to cut Terry’s salary (and all Congressional salaries) until the budget is balanced.
Terry is taking the traditional anti-tax Republican line, while White is playing the populist card.
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Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org