Hagel’s Former Chief of Staff Backs Esch Over Terry
Businessman Jim Esch (D) has been endorsed by Sen. Chuck Hagels (R-Neb.) former chief of staff in his increasingly competitive bid to oust Rep. Lee Terry (R) in Nebraskas 2nd district.
Lou Ann Linehan, a longtime Hagel aide, is a former executive director of the Douglas County Republican Party and has been active in Cornhusker State politics for more than two decades. Terrys campaign noted that it had previously been endorsed by Richard Carter, whom Esch defeated earlier this year in the 2nd district Democratic primary.
It is time to set party labels aside and elect people who will first and foremost put the interest of Nebraska and our Country ahead of themselves and partisan politics, Linehan said in a statement released by the Esch campaign.
The 2nd district leans Republican, but the race is considered a tossup at this point. Terry campaign manager Dave Boomer, emphasizing that today is Halloween, had this tongue-and-cheek reaction to Linehans endorsement of Esch: Whos she?
Boomer said he would take Carters endorsement over Linehans any day, noting that the Democrat has been active in Terrys campaign. Boomer also suggested that Linehan is no longer the force in 2nd district politics that she once was.