WASHINGTON — Rep. Lee Terry’s Republican primary challenger criticized the Omaha congressman on Tuesday for holding political fundraisers at vacation destinations.
"Lee Terry has demonstrated once again how thoroughly out of touch he is with what Nebraskans are looking for in a congressman," Dan Frei said in a press release.
A World-Herald story on Sunday noted that Terry has held fundraising events in Napa Valley and at an upscale oceanside resort.
Critics have decried the practice of holding these events, where most of the expenses are covered by the political contributions of lobbyists and other donors. Defenders say it’s simply the way of modern campaign fundraising.
Terry has downplayed the significance of the events and said they are more work than vacation for him. The Terry campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Frei’s criticism.
Frei said the trips represent an "unseemly" perk in light of the many Nebraskans struggling to pay their bills. He said the trips fail to pass the "smell test" of what is appropriate and give outside interests undue influence over the political process.
"This practice must cease, and Lee Terry should apologize to all Nebraskans," Frei said in the release.