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Convicted Murderer Endorses Lee Terry

Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Vulnerable Rep. Lee Terry received an emphatic endorsement Wednesday, but the Nebraska Republican is not likely to tout this show of support on the campaign trail any time soon.  

KMTV in Omaha, Neb., reported that at a hearing to examine his competency, convicted murderer Nikko Jenkins shouted, "Vote Lee Terry guys, greatest Republican ever."  

The irony of Jenkins' statement is that the National Republican Campaign Committee released an ad last week attempting to link Jenkins to the Democratic nominee, state Sen. Brad Ashford.  

Jenkins killed four people after he was released from jail early, and the NRCC attempted to tie Ashford's support of the so-called "good time law" to the murders. "Brad Ashford supported the good time law and still defends it, allowing criminals like Nikko Jenkins to be released early," the ad's narrator said.  

Terry is struggling to keep his seat as he faces questions about statements he made during the partial government shutdown in 2013. A recent Democratic poll showed Terry trailing Ashford. The Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call rates this race a Tossup .  

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