Democrats say they’re not frustrated – yet

The World-Herald’s Robynn Tysver reports today that Rep. Lee Terry, R-Neb., has more than $800,000 in campaign funds squirreled away for his re-election fight.

National Democrats thought they had recruited a top-tier challenger in Pete Festersen last fall, but the Omaha City Councilman opted against a bid.

The chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is holding out hope that someone else will step forward for his party and run against Terry.

“We’re looking at lots of options right now,” said Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., recently told the World-Herald.

Democrats have insisted that Terry is a vulnerable incumbent in a swing district, so it must be frustrating that they can’t find a candidate to take him on, right?

“Not frustrating, because we’re not at the filing deadline yet,” Israel said. “I think there will be opportunities . . . If somebody doesn’t emerge by the filing deadline you can quote me as frustrated.”

For the record, the filing deadline for incumbents is Feb. 18 and March 3 for non-incumbents.

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