Nebraska Watchdog has learned that former University of Nebraska back-up quarterback and safety Brett Lindstrom is challenging Terry for the 2012 GOP nomination.
In 2010 Terry ran into Tea Partier Matt Sakalosky who lost the Republican Primary to Terry, but by a closer margin than many expected. It was Terry 63%-Sakalosky 37%.
According to Lindstrom’s website the 30-year-old self described financial advisor is coming out swinging, accusing Terry of being a Capitol Hill lightweight. Lindstrom notes that during Terry’s 12 years in Congress, Terry has “only been able to pass one single piece of legislation which renamed a post office in Omaha.” Lindstrom also goes after Terry on several issues claiming among other things that Terry “does not even have an official statement about the state of Social Security.” Lindstrom calls that “unconscionable.”
Last November Terry won his 7th straight Congressional campaign rolling over Democrat Tom White 61-39.
It appears Lindstrom is a political rookie, never having run in the past. In a statement released to Nebraska Watchdog the Lindstrom campaign says, “The lack of political courage to meaningfully address the very real problems our nation faces has compelled Brett to seek office.”
According to the Big Red’s website Lindstrom, a graduate of Millard West High School, was a walk-on in 1999 and lettered for the Huskers in 2003 after briefly playing in five games during his college career.
Lindstrom is expected to kick-off his campaign tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon at the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Thompson Center.
With Lindstrom in the fight the GOP has two candidates for next year’s House race, while Nebraska Democrats are still searching for one.
Reported by Joe Jordan, firstname.lastname@example.org
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