This Saturday morning, we have learned that Congressman Lee Terry, Chairman of the House Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee, has his first primary opponent for the 2014 election: Dan Frei.
Frei is a Tea Party-type, or at least one who wants their support. He took to criticizing Terry way back in 2009 with the standard exhortations that Terry isn’t conservative enough. (Yes, the same Terry whom Democrats routinely portray as someone to the right of Rushlimbaughbarrygoldwatergenghiskhan.) Frei even stated in a speech to the Tea Partiers that he isn’t a fan of the Republican Party — which makes one wonder why he doesn’t go the Jim Jenkins route and run as an Independent.
But curiously, Frei, who seems to have been honing his campaign skills for at least the last four years, does not appear to have the support of the two top party Chairman in the 2nd District — Bryan Baumgart of the Douglas County GOP and Levi Lippincott of the Sarpy County GOP. Note that both Baumgart and Lippincott have been Tea Party guys — but apparently Frei is not their guy. And Baumgart has stated his full support for Lee Terry
A few interesting notes about Frei: He demanded that Congress either defund ObamaCare…or implement it completely. Which is a pretty drastic either/or. Also, in his big 2010 speech, Frei railed against Terry for TARP — which Terry and many others have reconsidered for some time.
But in the same breath, Frei cheers the elections of Scott Brown in Massachusetts and Chris Christie in New Jersey — neither of whom turned out to be hard-core conservatives. Whoops. Frei demands that ALL of our elected officials march to his drumbeat. But Frei makes the perfect point that votes don’t always turn out how you wanted and hoped for them.
We are hearing that Frei will be making his announcement within the next few days.
In the mean time you can see his website (which address was purchased in the middle of September) at VoteFrei.com.
No word yet on the GOP candidacy of former Nebraska State Senator and Douglas County Commissioner Chip Maxwell.