Tea partyer appears ready to officially take on GOP’s Lee Terry


Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

It appears tea partyer Chip Maxwell thinks he has enough signatures to officially get in the game against Republican Congressman Lee Terry and Democrat Brad Ashford.

Chip Maxwell

Maxwell has called a news conference for 2:30 (today) Thursday afternoon.

“Come see what 2,000 signatures look like and find out what’s next,” says Maxwell, who needs at least that many names, of valid registered voters, to put his name on the November ballot.

If Maxwell sounds happy, Team Ashford must be beaming.

Rep. Lee Terry

As Nebraska Watchdog reported earlier this week a top national political play caller has joined the chorus of those convinced Terry is in trouble, due largely to Maxwell.

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford

Not long ago the Rothenberg Report listed the race as “Republican Favored” but has moved the contest to “Toss-Up/Tilt Republican.”

Long before the Rothenberg redo, many political insiders—on both sides—argued that Maxwell will take votes from Terry, paving the way for an Ashford win.

In a recent interview with KETV, Terry said Maxwell will take votes from him and make the race tougher. However, Terry quickly added, “But when I win it makes it even better.”

Last month a poll released by Ashford said the race was dead even—41-41—without any mention of Maxwell.

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