Our effort to keep you informed about the election and Decision 2012 continues. Two years ago, the race for the Second Congressional District in Nebraska wasn't even close as Lee Terry beat Tom White by 18 percent. The Democrats have a new challenger for the man who has won the seat seven times.
Four years ago, Terry's campaign mixed red with blue, meaning there was an organized push to convince those who voted for President Obama, a Democrat, to vote for him, too. It worked for the Republican as he was re-elected and the president snagged an electoral vote from District Two.
Click here for the official Lee Terry for Congress website:
Click here for the official John Ewing for Congress website:
“Back then, the president was talking a lot of the same language as I was,” says Terry. Once in office, Terry says the president never got back to him on his ideas.
John Ewing is the 2012 Democrat challenger. A former police officer and now the Douglas County treasurer, he says his opponent just talks a moderate bipartisan game. “So he had the slogan ‘Obama/Terry,’ as if he was going to say he would be bipartisan and we've seen just the opposite."
Terry, an attorney and congressman for 14 years, says his experience is important. “It takes so long to get established and know the system so you can now be effective since we are now in the majority. To throw all that experience away and start over with someone who will be ignored just doesn't make sense."
Ewing believes it's time for new blood, in what he calls not a red or blue, but a purple district. “I've always faced tough challenges. I believe not to be beholden to a political party, but to represent the people of the district."