Exclusive: Terry has first primary opponent for #NE02

Dan Frei 03This 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.


  1. Who Is Bryan Baumgart? says:

    Leavenworth St. loses all credibility when they start reporting on who Bryan Baumgart supports. I mean, I know he’s enough of a punk to betray the real Republicans of Douglas County and turn traitor on Lee Terry, but you’re talking about him here like he’s someone anyone should give a care about. The guy is a clown.

  2. Now at HALFTIME, the significance, Grasshopper at 3:23, is that Baumgart is, arguably, the leader of the Tea Partiers, and was a known Terry critic. Yet, he is not supporting Frei.

    And thanks for reading.

  3. Street Sweeper I want a written apology!! says:

    Jerry Anderson of Sarpy is the leader of the Tea Party in Nebraska! Jerry has been steadfast in proper saluting education, Jerry has lead by example and has fought tirelessly ( along with Terry Sr.) to make Velcro en vogue again. Jerry has single handedly increased the average Sarpy County central committee’s age by 37%. Jerry also has a plan for electing conservatives state wide although he isn’t telling anyone or lost the knapkin with the plan on it.

    All hail Lord Andersen!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    The only sword prodding Baumgart is his own ambition to someday run for office. He sees many like Frei suddenly find Frei’s own past words and actions come back to bite him. Baumgart chairs a party. His job is to put and keep Republicans in office. The current one chairs a subcommittee and is plastered all over Fox News showing him kicking Obamacare’s director. If Baumgart supports Terry it is because he thinks that’s best for Baumgart.

    New Chairmen often come in waving signs and wearing their emotions on their sleeves. But they soon learn that their ability to win races isn’t funded by their friends in the screaming frontal-assault sign-waving crowd, but rather by sober moneyed individuals who are just as principled or unprincipled as the sign waivers but who have money precisely because they know strategy works and screaming louder doesn’t. Everyone wants what’s best and meets their own needs.

    If Baumgart wants to run in the future, he needs to keep his real inner feelings to himself, to carefully weigh his words at all times, and to only say what is needed so that it won’t come back and bite him later. And if that seems odd, that he would support Terry when he really might prefer someone else, you might wish to consider that every spouse guards their words, actions, and choices, lest they find such later angrily shoved up their butt. Free will? Yea right.

  5. Macdaddy says:

    Terry voted numerous times to repeal, defund, desecrate, and/or mutilate Obamacare. The TARP money has almost all been paid back. I’m not sure what Terry has done that a supporter of Chris “Obama is a solid guy” Christie could object to.

  6. Interested Observer says:

    How does any candidate who’s political and social views put them in the 3rd, 4th or 5th standard deviation, on either side, from the mean on a typical bell curve think that they should represent all the others within the first 2 standard deviations?

    At what point should that candidate, perhaps a minority of one, finally realize that he/she is absolutely an anomaly in the overall, general population and is actually out of step with the 95% in the “middle”, comparatively?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bo Pelini lives thanks to Lady Luck. Let’s hire her for head coach next year.

    How about that Johnny Rodgers guy? He is living proof that all you have to do in this state to get away with a felony crime is be a good football player. Heineman, Bruning and Gale will probably let the asshole get his pardon, even though anyone else that did the things he did would have never even been considered for one. Sports, and Husker football specifically, is more important than politics in this state.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Big whoop! The Huskers luck out in the last few seconds agains the worst team in their conference and everyone acts like they just won a bowl game.

  9. Anonymous says:

    It is unreasonable to describe a bell curve and then place people on it at your whim. You arbitrarily deem your political love object to be everyman’s middle road candidate and yet whomever you dislike you deem “fringe”. You want to seem like you talk data while you do an imitation of Goebbels. He was less clumsy at it.

  10. Interested Observer says:

    Well, actually, I was thinking of the NBC poll from a couple weeks ago (The New American Center: Why our nation isn’t as divided as we think) that indicated that more than half of Americans do, in fact, fall in the “center”, politically. So, clearly my comments are perfectly reasonable and are not at all at my “whim”. Rather, they are based on the latest information available.

  11. Ricky says:

    You can get away with a lot if you are a Husker football player or coach.
    Pelini can throw the F bomb around and treat people however he feels like.
    Yesterday Suh was “honored” at the Husker game. Why on earth would anybody cheer that guy who has accumulated record amounts of fines for acting like a jerk?
    Rodgers can get pardoned because Tom Osborne says so. The Nebraska Foundation gives anybody surrounding the Huskers a car and country club memberships while worker bees like the RWP drive old Toyotas.
    Ron Brown can evangelize for a captive audience like the Big Red breakfast and on the field after games even though he is a public employee and there is separation of church and state.
    Welcome to Nebraska.


  12. Anonymous says:

    People here bitch about welfare queens, then cheer the record making attendance at Memorial Stadium. It is filled with farmers and ranchers that have cashed their subsidy (ahem … welfare) checks to buy the tickets for their skyboxes and season passes. All of it subsidized by hard working taxpayers that can’t afford to go to the games.

  13. TexasAnnie says:

    Yep, Anonymous above!
    There’s lots and lots of subsidizing going around.
    Hopefully the farmers and ranchers will get their subsidies streamlined in the upcoming days.
    I guess they still want ALL income taxpaying Americans to subsidize their crop insurance though.

    We need a flat tax, no exceptions and no excuses.
    It’s the only way to get to the REAL AMERICAN DREAM!

  14. Egads says:

    Comment seen today elsewhere following on an Obamacare news article. –“Has anyone else picked up on the fact that there are 314 million people in the US and just the website of Healthcare.gov has cost at least 350 million so far… if we had just set up one Healthcare account for every US citizen… we would each have well over $1,000,000.”

    Someone then pointed out that, “350 million / 314 million is a little over $1 per person. Where is the $1,000,000 per figure coming from?”

    Sarcastic commenters poured in, defending the original “math”. “What part of 350 million dollars divided by 314 million people equals over 1 million dollars per person don’t you understand?” And, “The last time I was in a math class, 350 million divided by 350 million, equaled 1 million. Even you democrats should be able to do that simple math.”

    Republicans and Democrats alike indignantly say a number divided by itself is something other than “1”. And these are voters who pick leaders who run government. We are screwed.

    This isn’t some esoteric algebraic complexity. This is a lack of elementary grasp that the number of trees in a forest are that same number of trees. Cavemen got it. But not in this Idiocracy. Perhaps the result of calculators in school? Video brain numbing? Parents doing acid in the 60s?

  15. Interested Observer says:

    Now Anonymous and Annie! Please remember that only a tiny, tiny fraction of ranchers get WELFARE GRAZING. All the rest of us try to get along on our own. I am not aware of any crop insurance program that covers our meadows or pastures. Crop insurance mostly covers grain farmers, not ranchers.

  16. To Egads says:

    Are you trying to say that the website is working and has no problems? You are delusional.

    Only a fraction of the target market have been able to sign up. News agencies are reporting that the target number is 15 million. If all these people were able to sign up, the web site would cost $23 per customer (using your understated $350 Million number).

    Software as a Service companies feel that web sites that cost $1 per customer is a high (but acceptable) number; Web sites with a cost per customer of $5 are failures.

    Even you must admit that the web site has problems. These Web issues are hiding the operational problems of the ACA infrastructure. Once the web site is fixed (if it can ever be fixed), we will see the real problems with Obamacare.

  17. Anonymous says:

    There are several government programs that can be utilized by ranchers. There is a program, for example, that allows ranchers or farmers to insure their hay crop from extreme losses due to drought, fire, etc.

  18. Egads says:

    #21. No, not at all. I spoke of people on both sides who don’t pay attention to the facts and who lack basic math skills. On the Left they are the fools who created Obamacare. On the Right they are the fools who shift the focus off Obamacare onto a website which they complain doesn’t work. That’s like a death camp inmate complaining about the guard’s gun misfiring.

    Obamacare is wasteful, tyrannical, and it will probably kill people with bureaucracy. It was slapped together and passed without being read. Its website is a tiny symptom of the dangerous myopia that slapped it together. As you note, when the website gets working, we all then get something infinitely worse than a dysfunctional website, which has so far cost every American $1.11, not a million bucks each. Obamacare won’t be better because of the cost of its website. And proving that one cannot do basic math convinces people only to disregard whatever we say.

    Does us saying the website cost everyone a million dollars help convince people who reelected Obama that Obamacare is as detrimental as it is? Its a silly lie. Lies don’t persuade. Only truth does that. Things like Obamacare draw their power from ignorance.

  19. Interested Observer says:

    Anonymous @ 9:22, it is my understanding that hay insurance is limited to those hay crops that are planted, alfalfa and other “tame” forage crops. As I stated, I am not aware of any crop insurance program that covers our meadows or pastures.

  20. central nebraska farmer says:

    I’ll make you a deal you can quit subsidizing crop insurance when I quit subsidizing education through property taxes. Deal?

  21. Somewhere in Middle America says:

    A primary challenge to Terry is good news for Festerson and the Democrats, but really nobody else. The drive by the SCF and other groups to elect more ideologically “pure” candidates almost surely gave the Democrats control over the Senate. The SCF’s endorsement of Sasse made me laugh out loud. Here’s a guy who isn’t any better than third in any poll, grew his bureaucracy at HHS, is risking Midland’s accreditation for lack of a financial plan (not just bad finances mind you, but the lack of a plan) — but, hey, let’s endorse him because he has more friends on K street. Why bother doing something that will actually help the country, like endorsing Osborn (with whom the SCF doesn’t disagree on a single issue, so far as I can tell) so he can go help candidates in states with closer races? Where’s the fun in that? All Frei is going to do is force Terry to spend resources and require the RNC to help him more in the general election (because he’s not going to get beat in the primary). If Hillary and Obama sat down to try to cook up a plot to have us destroy ourselves, they couldn’t do much better than what’s actually happening.

  22. Macdaddy says:

    Somewhere, I usually agree with you about the harm that primarying an incumbent can do, but I’m not sure it will hurt Terry. He’s been primaried in the past, trounced the challenger and then trounced the next challenger. The Democrats ran the perfect candidate with John Ewing and he still couldn’t push Terry out. Pete “The Weasel” Festerson ain’t no John Ewing and has no appeal outside his little corner of Omaha. Frei can only challenge Terry from the right, will lose, and end up helping Terry in the general with the large number of purple voters in Omaha.

  23. Lil Mac says:

    Agree with regard to the F’s. Festerson and Frei are not fiascos but they are fairly flaccid. Sure Terry must battle his own and then battle others. If one cannot survive that local gauntlet, what good are they in the HOR?

    Terry is constantly underestimated. Despite the OWH bringing in HMPac money for Ewing in a 2nd District that had previously and for the first time in history split for Obama in 2008, and Ewing being a bona fide NAACP legend running while Obama won reelection in 2012, Terry still won both times. We can lay whatever accolades or accusations we wish at Terry’s feet but his past strength isn’t a matter of conjecture. Sure, every race has the chance of loss. But he hasn’t lost yet and I don’t see voters aiming much enthusiasm or dread at the F’s.

  24. Interesting says:

    Baumgart supports Terry, but yet it appears as if Scott petersen may be supporting Frei…so which way will DCRP resources really go???

  25. Anonymous says:

    central nebraska farmer wrote, “I’ll make you a deal you can quit subsidizing crop insurance when I quit subsidizing education through property taxes. Deal?”
    You’d love that, wouldn’t you? Then we’d have an even greater number of undereducated buffoons to fill the ranks of the NEGOP. The success of Rush Limbaugh in markets such as Nebraska owes a lot to the lower end of the Bell Curve.

  26. Anonymous says:

    I read an interesting article regarding the recent blizzard. It appears these ranchers might qualify for a government program, the Livestock Indemnity Program.
    There are few farmers, ranchers, small businesses, large corporations, or individuals that would not be able to participate in one of the many government programs available today. To point out that farmers have programs available to them and you don’t is very ignorant.

  27. Anonymous says:

    So, if there is a blizzard, and the company I work for shuts the plant down for the day, and I cannot go to work, is there a government program that will put money in my pocket for that day of lost wages?

  28. TexasAnnie says:

    “Ignorant?” The programs that are available to me are also available to farmers/ranchers, in addition to the programs they have that I don’t get! It’s not “ignorant” to want tax justice, but it surely appears unrealistic in Nebraska.

    We need a flat federal income tax: NO EXCEPTIONS and NO EXCUSES. If we could just get that accomplished y’all might be pleasantly surprised how low that tax rate could go. And with tax justice, we could finally get around to purging those inequitable “programs” benefiting farmers et.al.

  29. central nebraska farmer says:

    In regards to 34 I don’t think you grasp the magnitude of what happened. This was not just a snow day, this was the complete destruction of a lifetimes blood sweat and tears. If you want to draw comparison’s this would be more appropriate, A blizzard comes in deposits record amounts of heavy wet snow and collapses the roof destroying the facility and its contents. The company does not have the funds to rebuild therefore they take their insurance money and leave you with a small severance and no job. You bet the govt will put money in your pocket, it’s called unemployment insurance.

  30. LMAO says:

    I’m laughing right now when someone asks about the DCRP resources??? What sending all printing to Petersen Printing (which is way more expensive than any other printing company in town)? Using Northstar Campaign Systems (OUT OF THE QUESTION)?LOL.

    I would suggest they file their reports properly to the NADC for starters. What actually is going on currently at the DCRP office? I drive by there, closed, no cars in the lot and no sign of life.

  31. Anonymous says:

    What I want to know is what is wrong with the Tea Party in CD#1? Lee Terry gets pilloried on a regular basis from all sides but Fort has the most liberal voting record of the three Congressmen. So if the Tea Party can primary Terry, why don’t they go after Fort? I don’t get it.

  32. Anonymous says:

    Seems like Bryan Baumgart learned a trick or two from Scotty “Big Liberty” Petersen…he’s only talked about the budget the last few meetings. Hasn’t even showed the break down of expenses or receipts..

  33. Anonymous says:

    The American Conservative Union’s ratings for 2011-2012 are 86% for Smith, 80% for Terry and 72.5% for Fortenberry. All three pcts are below each member’s own lifetime ACU rating. Smith is 8% below Smith’s lifetime rating, Terry is 8.5% below Terry’s lifetime rating, and Fortenberry is 12.1% below Fortenberry’s lifetime ACU rating.

    For perspective, in 2012, House-wide, 88 Liberals scored a 0%, 34 Conservatives scored 100%, and 160 Conservatives scored over 80%, which the ACU considers a rough dividing line. If you are around 80% or more you are Conservative.

  34. Anonymous says:

    Governor Christie is a walking and talking heart attack waiting to happen. I hope Rand Paul and/or Ted Cruz eat him for lunch. There’s an ugly thought in so many ways.

  35. Gaius Gracchus says:

    I’ve got to look around and see how Christie, Paul and Cruz poll against each other, and how all of them poll against Clinton. Biden? Please.

  36. Anonymous says:

    It sounds like #43 hopes Americans are mostly Republicans. They aren’t. They also aren’t mostly Democrats. Voters are not playing coy. Voters are simply not part of any partisan fringe.

    Rand Paul and Ted Cruz may seem perfect to you because they are your GOP cup of tea. They certainly aren’t that cup of effeminate spiced latte that ultra-Leftwing Democrats drink. Fat Christy seems to grasp that Americans like coffee. He isn’t hoping. He’s winning.

    As Confucius said, “Go ahead and hope in one hand and crap in the other and see which hand fills up first!”

    GG, too true. One measures not hopes.

  37. Macdaddy says:

    Christie won for 2 reasons: he was able to do what he said he would do, i.e., get public pensions under control and Obama kept the state’s Democrats off his back in payback for his implicit endorsement in 2012. Christie will get points in a presidential primary for the first reason but many negative points on the second reason. In the general, though, Obama won’t be there to get his back.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Christie has hurdles to clear nationally. Good luck with that.

    As for Confucius? I believe you need to check your sources for a more accurate quote less colorful.

    Didn’t say Rand Paul or Ted Cruz were “perfect” they just have the kind of guts that come with spine in taking a stand that strikes against the status quo and sleeping masses stuck to their couch.

    Besides, you need to get out of the starting block to win and not have a heart attack on the first lap.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Per Anonymous #41:
    Interesting statistics there showing Terry with an ACU Rating of 80%.
    So Dan Frei apparently is asking us to trust him as he will provide better “Leadership” which we are seemingly not getting today according to him. We need to decide what it looks like to take him up on his offer and to cast our Primary Votes his way. Basically, as I understand this proposition is that if we vote for Frei over Terry he will deliver that extra 20% and bring home an ACU rating of 100%. Sounds good. So what’s the catch then? Well, so if we vote Frei over Terry we know we give up Terry’s experience, ability to work cross-the-isle, Committee seniority, PAC support, modesty and humble charms. In exchange, we get a Johnny-come-lately sabre-rattling Libertarian-Republican (i.e. RINO) as if there is such a thing as a Liberty-Minded or Socially-Liberal-Fiscally-Conservative Libertarian-Republican and we start all over from the beginning without congressional seniority and committee assignments. Is that worth an extra 5, 10 or 20% +up to an ACU Rating? Not sure. Tom Becka, however, correctly pointed out the key issue when he asked Frei about fundraising and Frei said he’d be running a ‘grassroots’ campaign. So the answer to the question on whether or not Frei himself thinks he can raise enough cash to be credible would be an … ‘uh, no’. Terry of course is a campaigning machine. Sounds like we are about to play the championship game and the Freshman wants some playing time. Right now, I don’t think so. On the other hand, has Terry even declared he was running again?

  40. Chris Christie is an excellent candidate in NJ, because a regular Republican couldn’t get elected in NJ. And conversely, Chris Christie can’t win the GOP nomination nationally, and after Romney and McCain, there is no way the GOP base will turn out for him, even in the general.

    Let’s remember, the GOP nominated two left-of-the-GOP-mainstream candidates in a row for the presidency, and they both lost.

    If Cuccinelli had been a real tea-party Republican, sans the easily exploitable socon views, he would have walked home in Virginia. But when they can portray your guy as anti-oral-sex…

  41. Interested Observer says:

    OK, “Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life” is on right TV right now, specifically, “Part V – Live Organ Transplants”. I have to wonder if that’s what Obamacare is really going to be like when it’s fully implemented . . .

  42. Not Chuck says:

    Did Planned Parenthood just endorse me? Yikes! Where is Bob “partial-birth abortion” Kerrey when I really need him to shove me out of this race?

  43. Interested Observer says:

    It seems that many of the TEA Party candidates do have strong social conservative values along with their reduced taxes, spending and governmental size goals, thus, my question.

  44. ObamengelaCare says:

    Obama is sorry that 5% have their healthcare dumped by “Obamacare”. Of course, if you lose healthcare, you lose doctors, medicine, the stuff you need so you don’t die. But Obama says its only 5%.

    Per the 1933 census, the Jewish population of Germany was 0.75% of the total national population (505,000 out of 67 million). Hitler negatively impacted their healthcare via his own executive solution that was admittedly more direct and draconian.

    However, to be fair, Obama’s 5% means Barry is screwing 6.7 times more of our population than Adolph had Jews to target inside his. Thus, while in terms of thoroughness, Hitler was far more efficient, In terms of screwing sheer volumes and percentagesof your own population, Obama wins.

  45. Anonymous says:

    The FDA is going to ban transfat. It will be illegal to eat Long John Silvers, Burger King, Microwave Popcorn, Frozen Desserts such as Sara Lee Classic New York style Cheesecake and Marie Callender’s Peanut Butter Creme Pie, Baking Mixes such as Keebler Graham Cracker Pie Crust and Betty Crocker Pie Crust Mix, Pillsbury Creamy Supreme Chocolate Fudge Frosting, and Margarines. Remember how butter is bad for you. Now margarines too. You will have to put axle grease on your toast. When government owns your health, it can force you to behave.

  46. (1) Nazi analogies trivialize the Holocaust; it’s better to avoid them, and (2) most of the Jews killed in the Holocaust were non-German.

    But the ‘5%’ figure is probably low; it considers only the individual insurance market, and ignores the fact that employer plans are and will continue to be changed or cancelled thanks to ObamaCare.

  47. There was a time in my life I wanted a nanny. I was 12, and the nanny would preferably have been 21, blonde, and Swedish. Now I’m all grown up and can read labels for myself, i don’t need a nanny any more, but the FDA has decided to be my nanny. And the FDA is neither 21, blonde, nor Swedish.

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