As reported by Nebraska Watchdog and the OWH, Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen will NOT run for the Democratic nod for Nebraska’s 2nd District Congressional seat — currently held by Lee Terry, Chairman of the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee.
Festersen was thought to have been someone who could give Terry a decent race — even though 2014 is non-Presidential election year, and even though during the Presidential election year of 2012, Democrat John Ewing could not take Terry out.
We have not heard of any other Democrats that may take on Terry.
We had heard Brad Ashford’s name as a potential challenger, but it looks like he now wants to take on Jon Bruning for the AG’s office.
And a while back, we had heard rumblings that State Senator Steve Lathrop would be interested, but with him dropping out of the Governor’s race, it would seem that his interest has waned across all offices (but who knows).
So that leaves intra-party candidates.
We have heard of one name so far: Joel Merriman.
He is Sr. Vice President of CSSS.net which, according to LinkedIn, “offers timely, low-risk, cost-effective engineering solutions and services.”
We had heard a while back he was interested in statewide office in Nebraska (think Gov), but we aren’t sure what happened there. We have heard NO confirmation that he will run, or even that he is for certain interested.
We have generally heard that if Terry does not vote to de-fund Obamacare by shutting down the Federal government (an issues on which many like-minded Republicans differ), that the Tea-Party-esquers will primary him in some way, shape or form.
That being said, we do not believe a complete unknown could take out Terry in a primary.
But that being said, we also do not believe Terry would take ANY challenger lightly.
We wait to see how this all shakes out.
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