It’s Not You, It’s Me: After Highly-Touted Recruit Drops Out, Who’s The Next Candidate To Succumb To ObamaCare Fallout?

December 11, 2013

  • Just last week, DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz proudly proclaimed “all [Democrat] candidates” will run on ObamaCare in 2014.

  • After apparently picking his jaw up off the floor, highly-touted DCCC recruit Pete Festersen in Nebraska promptly dropped out of his race.

  • Festersen tried his best to avoid talking about ObamaCare, but when he’s running on raised premiums, canceled plans, and lost wages the issue may be a little hard to dodge.

  • Ten months before ballots are cast, ObamaCare is proving to be an electoral albatross for Democrats. The only question left now is: which candidate will be the next to fall?




DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz: “All Of Our Candidates” Will Run On ObamaCare In 2014. “DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D., Fla.) said ‘all of our candidates’ will run on Obamacare Tuesday in a debate with RNC Chair Reince Priebus on CNN’s Crossfire.” (“DNC Chair: ‘All Of Our Candidates’ Will Run on Obamacare,” Washington Free Beacon, 12/3/13)

In October, Politico Called Pete Festersen’s Decision To Run “A Recruiting Win” For House Democrats. “House Democrats notched a recruiting win over the weekend, as Omaha City Councilman Pete Festersen announced that he will challenge GOP Rep. Lee Terry of Nebraska in 2014.” (Alex Isenstadt, “Democrats Land Nebraska Challenger Pete Festersen,” Politico, 10/13/13)

Festersen Refused To Talk About ObamaCare Last Month. “The Omaha city councilman, a Democrat running against eight-term incumbent Republican Lee Terry, turned down a World-Herald request Tuesday to discuss implementation of the new law.” (Joseph Morton, “Obamacare: Democrats, including Festersen, keep a healthy distance from website woes,” Omaha World-Herald, 11/20/13)

Festersen Dropped Out Of The Race Tuesday. “Festersen said Monday that, for the second time, he was no longer running for Nebraska’s 2nd Congressional District seat. Although he cited family obligations, Republicans immediately jumped on the news as evidence that political fortunes had once again changed–this time thanks to the health care law’s disastrous rollout.” (Alex Roarty, “Top House Dem Recruit Backs Out of Race—Again,” National Journal, 12/9/13)