2nd District House
2nd District House candidates: From left, Chip Maxwell, Brad Ashford and Lee Terry.
- Terry campaign says he’s the ‘proven fighter’ in race
Rep. Lee Terry’s campaign strategist, Ryan Horn, had this comment about Chip Maxwell’s plan to run as an independent:
“Regardless of whether or not Chip Maxwell is successful qualifying for the ballot, there will only be one candidate in the race for Congress who has the proven record of introducing a balanced budget amendment, standing to vote and repeal Obamacare, working effectively to build the Keystone XL pipeline, and passing amendments that cut wasteful federal spending. That candidate is Lee Terry.
“The Second District has a clear choice between a candidate who is a proven fighter and delivers results or others who change their mind and political affiliation to suit their own electoral goals.”
Republican leaders rallied behind Lee Terry on Thursday in the wake of news that he faces a challenge on the right by former Republican Chip Maxwell.
Sen. Mike Johanns
"I have witnessed Lee Terry's leadership and tireless advocacy for our state from the perspective of a Governor, Secretary of Agriculture and now as a U.S. Senator and I can say unequivocally that he loves serving Nebraskans and always has the best interest of our state in mind. He applies Nebraska common sense to all he does and works to get government out of the way of growth. Nebraskans have come to trust Lee for good reason."
Sen. Deb Fischer
"Republicans in the second congressional district chose Lee Terry as their nominee in last week’s primary. Lee is now the Republican candidate and he has shown throughout his congressional service that he is also the conservative candidate. I have enjoyed partnering with Lee on a number of legislative initiatives during my time in the Senate. I look forward to campaigning with Lee in the months ahead."
Congressman Jeff Fortenberry
"I've known Lee Terry for a long time, first as a city council member. I know how dedicated he is to public service, his family, and our country. There's a great deal of respect for Lee among his colleagues. Nebraska has a small, but effective delegation and we work hard together as a team on issues affecting our state and the well-being of our nation."
Congressman Adrian Smith
"The primary election is over, and now conservatives should unite around our Republican nominees. Lee Terry is a dedicated conservative and a leader in the fight against overreach from the Obama Administration. As we march toward a November 4th victory, Congressman Terry has my full support."
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:00 am
Chip Maxwell says he is neither a dupe nor a spoiler.
The former Republican who announced Wednesday that he is mounting an independent bid for Congress against Lee Terry dismissed as “hysterical” the idea floating around in some GOP circles that his intent is to defeat Terry by any means, including electing a Democrat.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014 1:00 am.