NE 02 candidate Jim Esch (D) "is drug-free." That was the result, made public 4/28, "of a test Esch took" after his primary opponent, Air Force vet Richard Carter (D), "challenged him to prove that both are drug-free" as a "good example for children." Carter "released his own drug-free test results last week." Esch "said he was happy to take the test but feels Carter did a poor job of proposing the idea during their debate last week." Esch: "I don't think his intention was to insinuate anything, but unfortunately, certainly that innuendo was out there" (Elfrink, Omaha World-Herald, 4/29).