Lincoln attorney to challenge Fortenberry in 1st Congressional District

Oct 16, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln attorney will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry for Nebraska's 1st District seat in 2014.

Dennis Crawford has practiced personal injury and workers compensation law in Lincoln for nearly 30 years and says the federal government shutdown and threat of the country defaulting on its debt motivated him to run.

Crawford acknowledged he faces a daunting task in trying to unseat Fortenberry, who is seeking his sixth term representing the Lincoln-based district. Fortenberry has nearly $900,000 in his campaign war chest.

But Crawford said Tuesday that Fortenberry "is part of the problem" in Washington and has lost the public's trust by "voting to shut down the government."

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