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Omaha’s KETV Channel 3 found Esch standing around at the Hillary Clinton shriek-fest in the Bluffs on Tuesday night. Action 3 News said:
Esch has not decided if he’ll run again in 2008, but says he knows he has to make that decision soon.
As we mentioned earlier, word is that the Dems have cajoled a business dude (or dudette) to run against Rep. Lee Terry in 2008. Could it be that the Powers That Be in the Nebraska Democrats considered Esch’s 2006 off-beat campaign a little too off beat in the Year of the Dem (when a Dem maybe coulda won)? There are numerous factions that are still upset with the way the Dem state party handled the various campaigns and Barry Rubin’s focus on blowing out Pete Ricketts instead of helping the House candidates.
We’re still fishing around for who the Democrat Back Room Cigar Smokers have chosen (oh wait, you mean Democrat candidates aren’t chosen by a Daily Kos diary poll?), but it will be interesting to see if Esch has been pushed aside or if Esch would have the guts to run in a primary against a party hand-picked Democrat candidate.
Now, an unnamed source has funded a new oppo-research site against Lee Terry (and they criticize us for being anonymous!). Seeing as Esch’s $40,000 2006 campaign site is still up, we can bet that Jim didn’t fork out any extra cash to put up the new site. And people on the various Dem blogs are saying that Esch’s family and friends don’t have any more insight into Esch’s plans than Senator Hagel’s staff does of Chuck’s.
Beyond his little spat with Kung-Fu Master Jackson, Lee Terry has gotten better press in the past nine months than he did in the previous term as a whole. While the Dems will cherry-pick various votes to bash him, they will have a hard time taking him down in a Presidential year.
We doubt Terry’s campaign plans will be affected by Chuck Hagel’s imminent announcement – i.e. we think he’ll run for re-election. But we’ll say right now, that Terry’s plans won’t be affected by whomever the Dems decide to pull out of their hat either.