Primary challengerS for Lee Terry

Second District Congressman Lee Terry will officially get a primary challenger today, while another is waiting in the wings to take him on as well.

First there is Brett Lindstrom.

Lindstrom is a 2003 graduate of the University of Nebraska where he was a walk-on football player. He played high school ball at Millard West, then got in on a few mop-up time snaps over the years which earned him a letter.

While at Nebraska, he was also in a band called Golliday — which earned him a few stories in the campus press as well.

These days, the 30 year old Lindstrom is a “financial advisor”, though his press releases and website don’t spell out who he is working for.

Speaking of which, Lindstrom has a full, up and running campaign website. It has the standard glamour shots of the candidate waving (at whom?), and starts out his “Issues” section taking shots at Congressman Terry, using the same attacks used by Democrat Tom White. (Sort of curious that Lindstrom hammers Terry for not having an “official” statement for a plan on Social Security, then…doesn’t state anything himself? Oh well.)

Lindstrom has two, count ‘em, TWO, campaign managers — Randi Scott and Micayla Lee, both of whom, along with campaign finance chief Chris Scott have their own official portraits on the website. Got to say that is the first time we have ever seen a campaign focus on who is running it, with clearer photos and more detailed bio information than the candidate.   Sort of curious, that.

We will let Joe Jordan — who was the first one to break this story — fill out the rest of Lindstrom’s bio info at  Lindstrom’s presser today at 3:30pm at the UNO Alumni Center.

But we will say this: We talked with some of our contacts within the GOP and no one had heard of Lindstrom or his campaign people before last night. Now we are not saying you can’t be an outsider and all that, but pretty much zero involvement inside the party makes for a curious intra-party challenge.

And then there is the sort of bizarre secrecy that has gone on around this campaign. The campaign that has spent the last few weeks trying to recruit campaign volunteers through Creighton and UNO, without giving any information about who the candidate is or even what party. Then, they recently signed up for the Elkhorn parade without saying who was going to walk.

Now maybe surprise is a plan — but when the point of getting elected is to get your name out there and build support, being stealthy does not quite get to those goals.

Well, we are looking forward to hearing more from Lindstrom this afternoon. Some big questions: Does he plan to self-fund this campaign? Does he have primary funding from anyone? Does he enter the primary race with support from anyone inside the party? Is he considering himself a/the Tea Party candidate as well? Can we still pick up Golliday CDs at Homers?

We wait to see.


And then there is another potential challenger to Terry in the primary.

His name is Jack Heidel.

Heidel is a 72 year old Math Professor at UNO (with his PhD in Math), and is a member of the Omaha metro Learning Community Coordinating Council, District #3. He was elected in 2010 and will serve four years on the council. You can see his bio and website here, which is pretty much filled with Math (though it is our understanding there are no math requirements to read said site).

We learned that Heidel is sending out feelers to see what kind of support he could find in a run against the 49 year old Terry, but that he is already pretty much planning a run.

And we understand, again, that he plans to run as a Republican.

Well, OK.


And then we go to one other former caniddate.

We have learned that Jane Kleeb plead guilty to violating three separate violations of state law during her campaign for school board in Hastings, and has been fined by the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission.

You may remember that Kleeb had previously claimed that she was innocent, INNOCENT!, and that her violations were manufactured by the Nebraska GOP.

(Hmm, where have we heard this sort of defense recently? Hmm. Weiner. Weiner. Hmm…)

Well, that seems to have changed now. Kleeb has worked as a Washington, DC campaign operative for her entire adult life, is featured on national TV as campaign operative, and is funded handsomely by one of the richest political sugar daddys in Nebraska, Dick Holland.  But she claims that, well shucks, she’s just a new comer and didn’t unnnerstan those complicated laws, and all.

Oh, what happened to that innocent, law abiding Jane that we used to know…


  1. Six (now Eight) Dollar Parker says:

    Sweeper, you are always taking shots at Holland. Politics? Ricketts money GOOD. Platte Institute Good. Ricketts money dumped into legislative campaigns at the last minute as an independant expenditure Good. Holland money BAD. Holland money for educational and enviromental causes BAD. Rich guys can spend their money any way they want. It’s theirs. However, the next time I go hear the symphony at the Ricketts Center, I’ll think of you.

  2. Eating Healthy with Jane says:

    Hi Fellow Bloggers,

    It seems I got caught with my hand in the proverbial “cookie jar” with the NADC. So with that in mind I thought I would share my “Fudge Prison Bars” recipie. Get it “Prison Bars”…well Mr. Holland thought it was so funny he fell out of his chair laughing. (Well it wasn’t that funny because I thought he was having a heart attack and i was going to lose my next paycheck) Well here is the recipie, enjoy.

    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a large bowl, combine mix together the brown sugar, 3/4 cup margarine, eggs and 2 teaspoons of vanilla. Stir in baking mix and oats. Set aside.
    2.To Make Filling: Heat chocolate chips, condensed milk, 2 tablespoons margarine or butter and salt in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans and 2 tablespoons vanilla.
    3.Press about two-thirds of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread evenly. Pour chocolate mixture evenly over oatmeal layer. Drop remaining one-third of oatmeal mixture by tablespoons on top of the chocolate mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

  3. Gary and Ace says:

    ‘The campaign that has spent the last few weeks trying to recruit campaign volunteers through Creighton and UNO’ Mr. Lindstrom, that is where we recruit. Kindly, stay away from our prospects

  4. Primary Voter says:

    Seems Mr Lindstrom can count on NOT getting one vote in the Primary. His own! Seems Mr. Lindstron hasn’t cared enough to vote in any Primary Election. So much for civic duty.

  5. More Micayla! says:

    More Micayla…less Lindstom. That’d be a sound campaign strategy!

    Speaking of campaign strategy, or managers, the two campaign managers have some pretty liberal backgrounds. ACLU????? Hello.

  6. Dear More Micayla says:

    That seems to BE the campaign strategy. After trolling around on his campaign site, I know more about her background and qualifications than I do about the candidate himself. What a joke, I bet he doesn’t crack 20%, and that 20% would have voted for anyone not named Lee Terry.

  7. Eric says:

    I knew Jack Heidel when I was a student at UNO (though I never had a class with him). He’s a great guy. He’s smart but down-to-earth with just a little of the stereotypical math professor quirkiness. I wouldn’t have guessed that he’d be able to give an acceptable political speech/debate performance, but if he could get the form down, I think he’d be very formidable.

  8. Wow says:

    People that attack others personally are either A.) Scared or B.) want to project the focus away from their weakness i.e. voting record. It is also rather easy to spew anthing from the safety of your mom’s basement

  9. Huh? says: this guy offers no solutions or plans, yet calls Terry out for the same thing. He has a campaign manager who has worked the ACLU, and other unkowns, running his campaign and he hasn’t voted in a primary election?? Um..thanks for stopping by the party.

  10. Heidel says:

    Heidel is a self proclaimed “progressive” and his wife is the Pro-Choice Coalition Chair for the League of Women Voters.

  11. Mike says:

    Huh? thank goodness Lee Terry has a full time social media employee to take focus away from a voting record and a lack of leadership

  12. Really? says:

    The headline of his announcement press release is “Former Husker Lindstrom Seeks Congressional Republican Nomination.” Bizarre syntax aside, when the most notable thing you’ve done with your life is take a dozen or so snaps at quarterback, a bid for Congress may be aiming a bit high.

  13. Oh Mander says:

    Anyone else find it funny that people are writing off Lee Terry JUNIOR’s primary opponent due to a lack of applicable experience?!

  14. Eating Healthy with Jane…there is no way that is a Jane Kleeb recipe! The first problem is that it contains sugar, and SUGAR BAD! The second problem is that it contains eggs, which contain cholesterol.

    Here’s my proposed fix:

    1. To make oatmeal base: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Apply reduced-fat non-stick cooking spray and whole wheat flour to a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a large bowl, combine organic brownie mix with a dash of stevia, 3/4 cup applesauce or prune puree (margarine substitute), 1/2 cup of silken tofu and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and fennel seed. Stir in baking mix and 3 cups of steel-cut oats. Set aside.

    2. To Make Filling: Heat unsweetened chocolate chips, nonfat condensed milk, 2 tablespoons applesauce or prune puree and herbal gomasio in saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly until smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in pecans and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon and fennel seed.

    3. Press about two-thirds of the oatmeal mixture into the bottom of the pan. Spread evenly. Pour chocolate mixture evenly over oatmeal layer. Drop remaining one-third of oatmeal mixture by tablespoons on top of the chocolate mixture. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into bars.

    4. Once cut into bars, throw them away and consume a wheatgrass smoothie instead, fatty.

  15. Lindstrom Syndrome says:

    This is the GOP Jim Esch. No record. No background. No “real” resume. Just a nice smiling face who will ask for your vote, lose, and then wither away into oblivion.

  16. Strange Beginnings says:

    Mr Lindstrom has quite the managers and advisors for his run at the Republican nomination.
    – Mrs. Lee is a good voting DEMOCRAT. Good voting…not something we can say about the others on the team.
    – Randi Scott has taken the time to vote in exactly one election (06 Gen) since last registered in Nebraska in 2005
    – Christopher Scott (Randi’s husband) doesn’t seem to be registered at all. No voting record or registration for him at his home address. Awefully strange for someone who has written “extensively” on political topics.

    Not really sure what is going on here…but something sounds fishy.

  17. Lil Mac says:

    Back in March of 2007, Sweeper said, “There’s no way Ms. Fleming is going to sit on her laurels when she gets to Nebraska… Heck, will she run on her own someday?”

    Little could our noble host predict that not only would Jane run on her own for a pissant job like Hastings School Board, but that she –once a primetime national “Democratic Strategist” widely called the “Democrat foil to Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity”– would run her little campaign into a guilty plea of what amounts to, at least, political ineptitude. Jane, you go girl!

  18. RWP says:

    They’re going about this all wrong.

    What would endanger Lee Terry is a credible opponent to his right. That would force him to tack right in the GOP primary, leaving him vulnerable among centrists in the general election.

  19. Anonymous says:

    2:50. If accuracy matters, I believe the father was Leland and son is Lee. But since you boldfaced the word “JUNIOR”, is that your heartburnt? If so, see Al Gore Jr and Martin L. King Jr. Or perhaps you meant that Rep. Lee Terry himself lacks experience in being a politician. Yes, he is sort of new at it. He’s only beaten Democrats a half dozen times.

  20. anony mommy says:

    Wouldn’t it be against the law to use University resources to run a federal campaign? Well, any campaign, for that matter?

    Does this kid work at UNO too? Is that why he announced from there and used their telephones and internets to drum up support?

  21. Runza Lover says:

    Jane is a dweeb, a lying dweeb, but a dweeb none the less. I don’t want anything she’s baked.

    Can’t say much for yourself when your “hanger oners” don’t care to seek out a voting booth until a paycheck relies on it.

    As for the experience? Gainfully employed since the age of 15 isn’t enough work experience for ya?

    Serving as the Chair of a well respected not for profit? Holding leadership positions and bringing neighborhoods together to work with local government and other community leaders to get things done in this city? Not being a ball hog or a media “bore” just to convince yourself that you are worthwhile? Never mind having spent more than half your life dedicated to conservative causes.

    Good debate is very healthy. Being able to think for yourself and understand the questions during a debate is helpful. Just something to keep in mind.

  22. She Must Think We're As Dumb As Scott says:

    She got off easy! $50?! What, did she plead that she has no income? Didn’t a University Regent get thrown off for a similar offense? Sure, it was a bigger bill, but how is it any different? An unreported expenditure is an unreported expenditure. At least that candidate was actually a “new comer” to this political thingy.

    Jane a political virgin? Not hardly!

  23. Not sure what to think says:

    Not sure what to think about the comments in this post. I am a very moderate republican and have been an Independent in the past. Lee Terry has pretty much done nothing for the party or Nebraska, but we continue to hand him the nod every two years. The D2 and Nebraska GOP had a huge opportunity with Lee Terry and Terry has pretty much has taken up space in DC. The fact is if he could get a better job he would take but no one will hire him. His debating skills and his leadership are REALLY poor and embarrassing as a rep for our district. So what I find so funny about these comments above is that we are attacking a “kid” for running against Terry?? Who cares what his involvement has been with the party or that he didn’t tell anyone until today – why does that matter? No one is honestly really going to care until about 90 days leading up to the vote. I would say lets give this “kid” a chance. I don’t think the “new school” Republican is all about party lines and if the GOP wants to operate in the “old school” in Nebraska we could be facing a very uphill battle. I say good for Lindstrom and his advisors – in most places people would see having democrats working with republicans for a congress seat as a huge strength not a weakness. Not sure if he has a chance to win and not sure what to think about him because I don’t know anything, but either way good for him for at least trying and not kissing the butt of some GOP chairman to get the “ok”.

  24. She Must Think We're As Dumb As Scott says:

    So you would agree that being able to work across Party lines to get things done is good? Great, because that’s what your current Congressman does. As for the “old school” way of Republican Politics not working so well? Really? The Dems hold exactly ONE state wide office. The local offices the Dems hold are just that, localized. Suttle got his position because he wasn’t Hal Daub AND he openly lied to his potential constituents and then lied again when he said he didn’t know how bad the finances were until he got behind the Mayor’s desk. Bullshit! He was on the City Council for the passing of every budget for 6 years.

    Congressman Terry isn’t Hal Daub, he is well liked and personable in the second district and in Congress. I am sure that this former husker is a nice guy too. He really ought to be more committed to the community he has landed in before assuming he deserves a voter’s commitment to him. Vote, volunteer, support. These are all things that committed public servants have done before they get elected. Even Jane understands that. (just to bring it back to the identifier)

  25. Not sure what to think says:

    Lee Terry should be committed to leaving office, I know it’s a “dead issue” but this is the guy who said he was only going to be in office for two terms??? I understand making bold claims while running for your first nod, but come on. The problem with our congress is guys like Lee Terry; they do nothing so they can stay comfortable. Is it true that he has only sponsored, “not co-sponsored” one bill that has got passed AND it was about renaming a post office? I really don’t know the facts on that, but if that is true that is really sad I would imagine it does not compare well with others in office 10 plus years.. I agree with you Vote, Volunteer, Support. – How about real being productive?

  26. Sack the QB says:

    Lindstrom is a lightweight. He was not even a good QB as Nebraska. iIm just dying to hear about his leadership qualities.

  27. Did anybody watch his announcement? says:

    it was a hair over 2 minutes, and all he did was read his press release from start to finish. Furthermore, he apparently couldn’t find anybody in the community aside from his campaign manager to introduce him. I predict this won’t end well for him.

  28. Macdaddy says:

    Now we know that Congressman Terry has some token challengers in the primary. Anybody on the other side of the aisle gearing up for the Dem primary? No? Can’t say I blame them after the shellacking Tom White got last time out.

    I can’t figure out what Lindstrom is doing either. If he was a Democrat plant, then he should gave run as the Tea Party candidate to siphon off votes in the general election. Something’s fishy, though.

  29. Anonymous says:

    A nightmare? Probably. I’m sure the Lee Terry cronies are already hard at work trying to dig up dirt on the guy. Anything to smear his name.

  30. Real Story says:

    Terry has had primary opponents before and he won. Bet he does it again.

    Anyone who wants to run, go ahead and run.

  31. ITK says:

    Too bad Ben Nelson’s press team can’t get the “LEWIS AND CLARK LANDING” spelled right on his press release about the flooding and pictures on his Facebook page. GET IT RIGHT, DUMMIES!

  32. To LMT says:

    LMT–Terry was upfront with voters and the press that he changed his mind on term limits after being told by the then Speaker that he couldn’t get an A committee if he was only going to be there six years. People have the right to vote him out every two years, if that’s what they want. The opposite has actually been the case though.

    You’ll need to come up with alot more than that if you want to take Terry out in 2012.

  33. To LMT says:

    Probably should add that an “A” Committee is one of the major ones, like Appropriaions, Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce. Terry is on the latter–and he’s authored numerous provisions relating to energy policy and telecommunications. In other areas like health care it was Terry’s amendment on ObamaCare that came the closest to winning when they were in the minority. It would have derailed the monstrosity.

    But, LMT–your term-limit canard was used by Nancy Thompson, Jim Esch and White–it really has worked well hasn’t it. Time to try something new maybe?

  34. Lee "Millhouse" Terry says:

    109 bills proposed 107 did not leave discussion table one passed.batting average for Terry less than 1%. Gregg Waldon strated same time as Terry 15 bills sponsed and passed. Hmmmm… How did Waldon do it. Ahhhhh leadership.

  35. To LMT says:

    The number of bills “sponsored” isn’t relevant. What is is whether a legislator has been able to put his/her mark on important legislation–the answer in Terry’s case is “yes”. He has authored numersous provisions of major laws–and you just can’t take that away from him or evade it. (Actually, you can do whatever you want–but the voters have heard your argument in every race since 2004–and they’re not impressed). When are you going to try something new?

    Terry’s bill on setting a deadline for a federal decision on the XL Pipeline was passed out the House Energy and Commerce Committee a couple of weeks ago, btw. Could come to the floor of the House soon. Why don’t you write a letter of support for it to Ben Nelson…

  36. Too bad, Millhouse says:

    The jobs report out today is really bad news for the Democrats. Only 18,000 jobs created–and unemployment is up to 9.2 percent. You guys had all of the marbles, controlled the game and blew it. Every day the evidence comes in that the Obama/Dem ‘stimilusa’ program was a total failure. The Dem candidate for NE2 will be directly tied to the Obama policies–no wonder a Dem hasn’t stepped forward yet to run against Terry.

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