UPDATE: 12:32 p.m. The man in charge of getting Democrats elected to the House of Representatives isn’t naming names but says he know of two or three possible candidates looking to run against Congressman Terry in 2014. (More updated information below in red).
Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
It’s back to the drawing board for Omaha Democrats looking to take out Congressman Lee Terry next year.
Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing, who narrowly lost to Terry last November, tells Nebraska Watchdog he’s not running against Terry in 2014 but will run for re-election to his county post.
“I’m running for the job I love,” said Ewing.
Ewing gave Terry all the eight term Republican Congressman could handle in 2012. Ewing lost 51-49, a margin of 4,000 votes, in a race that found Terry’s campaign stumbling several times on the way to the finish line.
After endorsing Terry in each of his seven previous runs for the House the state’s largest newspaper, the Omaha World-Herald, accused Terry of “unseemly behavior” and backed Ewing.
The paper’s unexpected move followed a series of advertising missteps by Terry’s campaign including Nebraska Watchdog’s exclusive report which found Project Vote Smart taking a swipe at Terry’s tactics.
With Ewing out it’s not clear who the Democrats will find to run for the House in 2014.
The Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Rep. Steve Israel—it’s his job to get Democrats elected to the House—said Wednesday he knows of two or three possible candidates.
“People are considering it right now,” said Israel. “They are not ready to announce anything yet…I would expect that there will be some announcement shortly.”
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