Omaha, NE.—Taking several swings at Congressman Don Bacon, Democrat Kara Eastman—fresh off a two-point loss to Bacon last month—announced this morning that she’s running again in 2020.
In a pre-Christmas statement, Eastman criticizes Bacon’s “extreme positions” such as his opposition to Medicaid expansion, which was passed by Nebraska voters on Election Day.
She also writes that “Donald Trump and Don Bacon continue to fuel the incredible partisan divide in our country.”
Eastman is the first Democrat to officially jump into the race, Ann Ashford—wife of former Congressman Brad Ashford—is also looking at the race and is expected to run.
See Eastman’s full statement below.
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“Running for Congress to represent the Nebraska 2nd was the greatest honor of my life. I am proud of our campaign and the enthusiasm we ignited in the district. Donald Trump and Don Bacon continue to fuel the incredible partisan divide in our country. Nebraskans deserve an independent voice who can bring people together and fight for the things we all need and deserve. All Nebraskans should be able to get ahead when they work hard; that means having a living wage, healthcare, and affordable, healthy housing. They also deserve a representative who will fight against the corruption we are seeing in DC and stop the outsized corporate influence in our political system. The recent court ruling to overturn the Affordable Care Act is just another example of the Republican effort to strip healthcare away from Americans without a policy to replace it. Bacon even opposed Medicaid expansion, which passed by more than seven percentage points in our state. He continues to demonstrate that his extreme positions are out of touch with those of his regular working-class constituents.
I spent the past two years introducing myself to the people of Nebraska’s 2nd district. Now I am excited to give everyone a chance to really get to know me. I am ready to roll up my sleeves again, talk to voters, and earn their votes in 2020.