LINCOLN — A second Nebraska Republican will face competition in his bid for re-election to Congress next year.
Dennis Crawford, a Lincoln attorney and Democratic Party activist, announced Monday he will seek the 1st Congressional District seat now held by U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry.
Crawford said he had been pondering a candidacy for a while. He has been the target of a Facebook campaign urging him to run.
He finally decided over the weekend to jump in.
Crawford said he is running because he is “deeply disturbed and alarmed” by the partial government shutdown and the growing threat of government default if the debt ceiling is not raised.
He blames both problems on Fortenberry and other Republicans in Congress.
“This is no way to run a great country,” Crawford said.
He joins Democrat Pete Festersen in taking on a GOP incumbent. Festersen announced Sunday that he will seek Republican Lee Terry's 2nd Congressional District seat.