From Dan Marvin, NDP: “By calling his ‘nice house’ gaffe a horrible moment in his life, Congressman Terry is showing that he still doesn’t get it, and is more interested in putting himself above the thousands of national guard staff and other workers who were furloughed during the $24 billion government shutdown. No matter how hard he tries, Congressman Terry can’t run from the fact that he chose to keep his paycheck after voting to shut down the government.”
Locked in what both sides see as a race that will go down to the wire, GOP Congressman Lee Terry tells Nebraska Watchdog he worries voters will hold a nearly year-old gaffe against him.
A blunder so big that Terry (see exclusive interview above) now calls it, “One of the few moments in life I wish I had over again.”
Congressman Terry (NE-R) says his 2013 gaffe was a “horrible moment” in his life. That moment came in early October, 2013 when arts of the U.S. government were shutdown. Asked by an Omaha World-Herald reporter (Joe Morton) if he’d continue collecting his paycheck during the shutdown Terry, in no uncertain terms, said yes.
“Dang straight…I’ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it,” said Terry. “Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”
The gaffe was noted just this week in a Nebraska Democratic Party news release. It’s also expected that the 8-term Congressman’s own words will be used against him in anti-Terry radio and TV ads going into Election Day.