Democrats have taken direct aim at one Nebraska Congressman, hoping they can flip a seat in a Congressional delegation now firmly in the hands of Republicans.
Congressman Lee Terry understands he has a target on his back.
Democrats have taken direct aim at Terry, claiming he is vulnerable in 2014.
Terry, a Republican, isn’t surprised.
“Well, this is the third or fourth time I’ve been targeted,” Terry tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, it doesn’t get me as nervous as it has in the past. But, Omaha is a swing district and so I always have to be at my best.”
Terry escaped defeat in the last election. Douglas County Treasurer John Ewing, Jr. nearly defeated the incumbent in 2012, losing to Terry by just over 4,000 votes out of nearly 264,000 votes cast. Ewing actually won Douglas County, but lost Sarpy County and lost the race.
Ewing has declined a rematch.
Though the Nebraska Democratic Party has been relentless of late in sending negative news releases about Terry, no firm candidate has stepped forward.
The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, Congressman Steve Israel of New York, has stated Terry has made himself vulnerable by sticking to the budget cuts enacted when sequestration kicked in. Israel also sees the Second Congressional District as a swing district, which he believes will swing the Democrats’ way if the right candidate steps forward.
Israel says two or three Democrats have expressed interest in running for the seat next year.
Terry says it is important for him to get out and meet his constituents in order to win re-election.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:33]