A veteran Nebraska Congressman faces a challenge by a political newcomer upset about the direction of the country.
Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry first won election to Nebraska’s First Congressional District in 2004. Fortenberry still finds purpose in the highly-charged atmosphere of Washington politics.
“In spite of the difficulties and the drama surrounding the political environment currently, I do believe that public service is a noble and high calling,” Fortenberry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Government plays a key role in setting the conditions for a flourishing society, according to Fortenberry.
Fortenberry touts tax cuts and increased military readiness among Republican accomplishments. He points to the economy as evidence Republicans have the country headed in the right direction.
Among the issues Congress needs to tackle, according to Fortenberry, are immigration and health care.
Its Fortenberry’s vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act which so upset Jessica McClure of Lincoln that she decided to get into the race.
McClure is both a chemist and a lawyer. She doesn’t support Medicare-for-all, despite its growing popularity in the Democratic Party, saying it simply isn’t popular in the district. Instead, McClure supports fixing the problems which have arisen since the ACA went into effect, even perhaps returning to some of the proposals initially in the end, but dropped before final passage.
McClure readily acknowledges she faces an uphill battle, especially after she did research and discovered the margins with which Fortenberry has won re-election. She says she has found campaigning to take a lot of work and a lot of time.
“I mean you work and you work and you work and you know the end point is, most likely your best bet, might be losing by less, but you hope you win and you make sure that you’re talking about things that are passionate to me,” McClure tells Nebraska Radio Network.
McClure is unimpressed with the Republican tax cut package, claiming it provided a windfall for corporations and slighted the middle class. She fears Republicans will cut Medicare and Social Security to trim the deficit created by the tax cut.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]