By Jan Schultz, The Imperial Republican News Editor
Democrat Bob Kerrey’s last minute entry into Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race last week is definitely making political junkies’ mouths water.
Kerrey sent out a statement last week, notifying the press that he planned to file for the office Feb. 29, the day before the filing deadline. Pundits are saying Nebraska now has a “viable” Democratic candidate in Nebraska’s largely-Republican state.
While he said weeks earlier that he was not going to run, the press release, sent by the Nebraska Democratic Party, said, “I came to realize that my previous decision was the easy one, not the right one.”
I’m sure another Democratic candidate heading into the May Primary, Chuck Hassebrook, doesn’t feel great about Kerrey’s decision.
Hassebrook of Lyons, Neb., is on unpaid leave of absence from the Center for Rural Affairs, where he is executive director, to run for the U.S. Senate seat, after choosing not to seek re-election for a fourth term to the NU Board of Regents. He had to make that decision in February when the incumbent filing deadline arrived, and did so because Kerrey, at the time, was not running.
It makes one wonder if Kerrey does something like this to a fellow Democrat (saying he’s not running and then he does), how trustworthy he is.
Nebraska voters should get used to hearing about Kerrey’s 12 years in New York, and his sudden turn-around to seek office again in Nebraska. It certainly is going to be kept front and center by the Republicans.
Nebraska’s Senate race to fill the seat being vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson is receiving national attention.
We all remember Nelson’s crucial vote on Obama’s healthcare law, even though a strong majority in the state did not favor it.
Likewise, a potential Kerrey candidacy for the seat makes one wonder what kind of arm-twisting and promises have already been made with the Democrats in Washington D.C.