In 2012 it was Bob Kerrey, now it’s Pete Festersen.
Initially the two Democrats said family reasons were keeping them from Capitol Hill campaigns, both quickly changed their minds.
One week after first telling Nebraska Watchdog that his phone was “ringing off the hook”—following the government shutdown and Congressman Lee Terry’s now infamous paycheck gaffe—Festersen announced Sunday that he’s running against Terry.
“There’s widespread dissatisfaction with Congress and its inability to address our nation’s challenges. Change is needed and we need people in Washington who can work together to get things done.”
Festersen’s about-face follows his late August announcement that a 2014 run was too soon.
Back then he told Nebraska Watchdog that while the public is dissatisfied with Congress he’s “determined I can have a greater impact on my community by staying focused on being a father, a business owner, and president of the Omaha City Council.”
Terry fell on his sword last week admitting to “hateful remarks” about the shutdown; remarks that found him apologizing and withholding his paycheck until furloughed federal workers get 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.”
Before facing Festersen, Terry may have to fend off a fellow Republican.
Tea partyer Chip Maxwell says he’ll decide by the end of the year if he’ll challenge Terry in the GOP primary in May.
Joe Jordan is the Nebraska Bureau Chief of Watchdog.org, where this piece originally appeared. Reprinted with permission.
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