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Breaking : Ex-Sen. Bob Kerrey to run for his former Nebraska seat
Boston Herald ^

Posted on 02/29/2012 11:39:08 AM PST by sunmars

OMAHA, Neb. — Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is reversing course and says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held.

Kerrey’s announcement Wednesday comes just weeks after he publicly rejected a run to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson. It’s also just two days before Nebraska’s candidate filing deadline.

The 1992 presidential candidate and former Nebraska governor previously said not running was in his family’s best interest.

Kerrey’s announcement gives new hope to national Democrats desperate to stop Republicans from netting four Senate seats this fall and regaining control of the chamber.

But it’s also sure to create state party friction. Fellow Democrat Chuck Hassebrook stepped into the race after Kerrey bowed out and gave up a University of Nebraska regent seat he’s held for nearly 18 years.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: carpetbagger; flipflop; kerrey2012; ne2012; newyorker; notbreakingnews; oldnews
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So what suddenly is "in his family interest" as it was'nt 2 weeks ago and he's started a fight with the other dem who gave up his job to do it.

So will this will be a tougher fight then?

1 posted on 02/29/2012 11:39:12 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

The Chicago thugs made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.


2 posted on 02/29/2012 11:40:21 AM PST by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
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To: sunmars

Go away. The country doesn’t need another socialist turkey.


3 posted on 02/29/2012 11:40:53 AM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: sunmars
Kerrey
4 posted on 02/29/2012 11:46:01 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: beethovenfan

Jeez, what the heck do we have to do to get rid of these bottom dwellers. Must have been hounded into it.


5 posted on 02/29/2012 11:47:19 AM PST by sunmars
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To: A.A. Cunningham

That thread was citing some “sources” that he was considering. He’s just made the announcement confirming.


6 posted on 02/29/2012 11:49:40 AM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Yesterday there was an article on FReeRepublic that indicated that Nebraska might be the tie-breaker for electoral college votes for 0bama to get re-elected. I suspect that getting Kerrey to run is one way to try to get the dems out to vote here, to give 0bama the best chance. It seems like that would be the only reason for Kerrey to run, because otherwise it will be a big waste of money for the dems.


7 posted on 02/29/2012 11:50:18 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: sunmars
A picture of health death...


8 posted on 02/29/2012 11:51:02 AM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: sunmars

LOL! This guy is back?
I remember when he was the laughingstock about whom they said in Nebraska:
“He talks like Ronald Reagan and votes like Teddy Kennedy.”


9 posted on 02/29/2012 11:58:26 AM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: sunmars; Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; randita; BillyBoy; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican
>>> So what suddenly is "in his family interest" as it was'nt 2 weeks ago and he's started a fight with the other dem who gave up his job to do it. <<

The RAT party bosses can be very "persuasive" behind closed doors. Shades of when he retired from this seat in the first place and the GOP rejoiced and figured they had it in the bag (open seat in strongly Republican Nebraska where very few Dems hold office), then former Governor Ben Nelson jumped in out of nowhere.

The Dems played similar games in NJ when Frank Lautenberg "unretired" so the GOP wouldn't pick a seat that otherwise would have gone to them.

The frustrating thing is the GOP party officials are never able to play this game. Look at all the times the IL GOP begged Jim Edgar to "unretire" and salvage their chances in a statewide race. The worst part is he claimed to be seriously "considering it" then turned them down at the 11th hour.

10 posted on 02/29/2012 11:59:55 AM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: nhwingut

He hasn’t lived in NE for years. NE voters won’t vote for him.


11 posted on 02/29/2012 12:00:20 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: sunmars
Democrat Chuck, said he will not step for the senate run, because Kerrey just decided to run for the same seat. I bet obama will change his mind.

Kerry coming back from New York or wherever he is, might backfire like it did for Tom Osborne. We had our current governor Heineman running and Osborne came back to Nebraska saying he was going to run. He lost. I like Osborne and felt he was treated really badly. but for the most part, Heineman is a good governor. If we can stop people from cheating, Kerrey will lose.

I can see them doing New York Salsa commercials about Kerrey. Plus he has that Viet Nam issue.

12 posted on 02/29/2012 12:02:15 PM PST by Linda Frances (Only God can change a heart, but we can pray for hearts to be changed.)
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To: nhwingut

dang he is not aging well..

does he plan to move to Nebraska?? or stay in NY and pretend to be in the state he will represent?

that was one of Rick’s problems here in PA. he lived in Virginia and said he lived in PA. and didn’t...

they are all crooks in Congress, can’t trust a one of them..


13 posted on 02/29/2012 12:03:33 PM PST by haircutter
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To: Linda Frances

Well the GOP needs this seat after the obvious Dem led stunt pulled last night with Olympia Snowe, its no coincidence, Snowe’s first interview after her decision to stand down is with Andrea Mitchell of MSNBC....hmmmmm.


14 posted on 02/29/2012 12:05:41 PM PST by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Knowing how chummy Senaturds can be, maybe Olympia Snowe tipped Kerrey off that she’s quitting and now he thinks the dems have a better chance of holding the Senate.


15 posted on 02/29/2012 12:06:42 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: nhwingut
I'll have Chianti with the Fave Beans.
16 posted on 02/29/2012 12:08:56 PM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: BillyBoy

How does he even meet residency requirements ? He high-tailed it out of the state in NE in 2001 to go run a Stalinist “College” in NYC.


17 posted on 02/29/2012 12:09:29 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: nhwingut

Hey! Isn’t that the dude that was kidnapping people and taking them for flying saucer rides back in the fifties?


18 posted on 02/29/2012 12:11:36 PM PST by ngat
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To: sunmars

Following the Lautenberg practice - which, for all I know, is patterned after an even earlier louse.


19 posted on 02/29/2012 12:11:46 PM PST by Cboldt
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To: sunmars

Bob Kerrey will play the same game that worked for Rahm Emmanuel in Chicago, claim his Nebraska roots, while he has probably been bribed with another “Nebraska kickback,” as did Ben Nelson when he compromised his ethics and integrity voting for Obamacare. I hope the resolve of the folks in Nebraska with whom I once lived amongst and admired can stand by their independent and conservative principles!


20 posted on 02/29/2012 12:12:48 PM PST by Ranger Warrior ("To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: BillyBoy; All

“The frustrating thing is the GOP party officials are never able to play this game.”

That is exactly what I have referred to many times as a lack of GOP “party discipline”. I’ve had a couple dullards on FR accuse me of wanting the GOP run like the Mafia.

This is a war we’re in here. If running things like the Mafia ensures a victory, THAN YOU DO IT. You either adjust to how a war is fought or you die and lose. Simple as that.


21 posted on 02/29/2012 12:13:20 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: haircutter

Just wow. Are there ANY young people left in Nebraska with guts enough to make their move?


22 posted on 02/29/2012 12:14:02 PM PST by ngat
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To: nhwingut

Wow...he sure looks like the picture of energy, no?


23 posted on 02/29/2012 12:14:15 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: angcat
I'll have Chianti with the Fave Beans.


24 posted on 02/29/2012 12:15:42 PM PST by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else (Maybe Tim Thomas))
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To: All

I really hope Nebraska Republicans spend a lot of money reminding voters that when Kerrey left the Senate, he also left the state!

I doubt Kerrey has been back much at all since he bailed out for the East Coast.


25 posted on 02/29/2012 12:17:08 PM PST by MplsSteve (Amy Klobuchar is no moderate. She's Al Franken with a nicer smile.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Actually, the GOP Establishment acts like the mafia... but they consistently run losers.


26 posted on 02/29/2012 12:18:02 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: sunmars

Gee, I thought he just said he wouldn’t run. I guess changing his mind now rather than later might give him a leg up?


27 posted on 02/29/2012 12:20:56 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Romney ruined Massachusetts. Now he wants to ruin the nation.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
>> How does he even meet residency requirements ? He high-tailed it out of the state in NE in 2001 to go run a Stalinist “College” in NYC. <<

He doesn't but I'm sure the RATs will find a loophole around that (probably by using a liberal federal judge or something) Lautencorpse didn't meet the deadline to get on the ballot in NJ...but they found a way around that. And my favorite was when Mrs. Carnahan was appointed Senator by the RATs after Missouri re-elected her dead husband. Rules don't apply to RAT Senate candidates, it seems.

28 posted on 02/29/2012 12:22:37 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: fieldmarshaldj
You think so (acting like the Mafia)? I see them as cowards - look at how they act when they have the power (GWB + House + Senate), they're afraid to do anything with it.

Running losers? For sure. Like the dildo ex-governor of the People's Republic I live in.

29 posted on 02/29/2012 12:28:43 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: nhwingut

Always noticed that similarity between Kerrey's head shape and Reddy Kilowatt.

30 posted on 02/29/2012 12:31:33 PM PST by ScottinVA (GOP, meet Courage... Courage, meet GOP.)
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To: sunmars

It’s not breaking; this is days old news.


31 posted on 02/29/2012 12:33:19 PM PST by newzjunkey (Santorum: 18-point loss, voted for Sotomayor, proposed $550M on top of $900M Amtrak budget...)
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To: nhwingut

I always thought of Kerrey as The Human Light Bulb with that head of his.

Hmmm...... I guess that means he’d be banned. Oh wait, I forgot, that’s only for high wattage light bulbs. He’s a dim bulb if there ever was one.

When the Dems rammed through the `assault weapons’ ban in 1994, Kerrey made a stupid TV ad where he holds up a Ruger Red Label O/U shotgun and says the ban wouldn’t affect “beautiful guns like this”. He then held up a Kalashnikov lookalike and said “ugly guns” like that were the objects of the ban.

Idiot. He looks like Jerry Moonbeam Brown after a tornado.


32 posted on 02/29/2012 12:35:06 PM PST by elcid1970 ("Deport all Muslims. Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind.")
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To: ScottinVA; fieldmarshaldj; GOPsterinMA; AuH2ORepublican
I almost didn't recongize Bob Kerrey in his recent photos. He definitely hasn't aged well. He looks completely different than when was a Senate a decade ago:

Compare that to Joe Lieberman in 1988. Droopy Dog always looks the same:


33 posted on 02/29/2012 12:45:14 PM PST by BillyBoy (Illegals for Perry/Gingrich 2012 : Don't be "heartless"/ Be "humane")
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To: GOPsterinMA

Their power tends to lend itself to protecting their own interests within the party itself, regardless if it shrivels. Look at MA with the Socialist coterie protecting their stranglehold on a dead state GOP. As for being cowards, how else would one describe thugs or the mafia ? They can’t achieve wins and power by fair means, so they resort to other measures. Losers, cowards, thugs, mafia... all words that apply to the GOP establishment (and their Democrat counterparts).


34 posted on 02/29/2012 12:47:03 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: newzjunkey

24 hours ago, FR was offline.


35 posted on 02/29/2012 12:48:40 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Put in that light, you’re right.


36 posted on 02/29/2012 12:53:29 PM PST by GOPsterinMA (The Establishment is the establishment.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

This reminds me of when former Senator John Breaux was hyped to come back to Louisiana to run for governor. Turned out he spent too much time in D.C. and may not have been eligible. Kerrey at least doesn’t seem to have a legal problem in running, but how he withstands his “I love NY” post-Senate career being splashed on NE airwaves, I don’t know.


37 posted on 02/29/2012 12:56:00 PM PST by Galactic Overlord-In-Chief (Our Joe Wilson can take the Dems' Joe Wilson any day of the week)
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To: nhwingut

YES LOL he looks just like that.


38 posted on 02/29/2012 12:59:29 PM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: sunmars

Great. A comeback from one of the schiessekofts who co-chaired the 9/11 commission.


39 posted on 02/29/2012 1:00:22 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Time for brokered convention)
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To: sunmars

Nebraska is one of the most Republican states in the union. Kerrey had a blue state persona that will never play in a deep red state like Nebraska. Sure at one time it did, but the nation is much more divided now and Republicans far less willing to trust, and thus vote for, Democratic politicians. Obama will lose Nebraska in a landslide—and take Bobby Boy down with him.

As to the why Kerrey reversed himself? Simple. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee went into panic mode this week seeing the horrible polling for Dem candidates in Dem seats in Wisconsin and Montana and no doubt went to Kerry on their knees, hat in hand to get him to run. Reid probably put in a teary-eyed appearance on the conference call too no doubt.

Kerrey’s going exactly nowhere. Nebraskans aren’t going to bring this corpse back. Stick a fork in him.


40 posted on 02/29/2012 1:22:05 PM PST by MissesBush (Raising taxes on an economy in a death spiral is like taking up smoking when you have emphysema)
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To: sunmars; mickie
Kerrey's main squeeze for a while was actress Debra Winger.

He just starred in "Dead Man Walking II" and she just finished "The Great Escape".

See ya at the movies!

Leni

41 posted on 02/29/2012 1:32:14 PM PST by MinuteGal
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To: sunmars

DOes he have to live there in order to file for the office, or does he have until November to actually buy a house in his “home state”?


42 posted on 02/29/2012 1:37:06 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: sunmars

“Well the GOP needs this seat after the obvious Dem led stunt pulled last night with Olympia Snowe...”

Yep, looks like the GOP is going to have to make up for the loss of retiring RINO Snowe and a possible Scott Brown loss in Mass. Assuming losing those 2 seats, they are going to have to find a turnover of 6 seats in the other Senate races to reach a majority.


43 posted on 02/29/2012 1:50:21 PM PST by chuckee
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To: sunmars

First, the RATS dragged Lautenburg out of the nursing home to get Bob “The Torch” Torricelli’s seat. Now they drag out this washed up has been, after Ben Nelson decided to spend more “time with his family”.

This crap NEVER ends.
I hope Nebraska knows whats going on and kicks him to the curb.


44 posted on 02/29/2012 1:56:33 PM PST by tennmountainman
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To: sunmars

Great. Another ex-pol with “Lautenberg Syndrome”.


45 posted on 02/29/2012 1:57:54 PM PST by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: ScottinVA

he looks more like Spicoli’s teacher at Ridgemont High.


46 posted on 02/29/2012 2:10:58 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: sunmars
Former Sen. Bob Kerrey is reversing course and says he’ll seek the Democratic nomination for the Nebraska seat he once held.

It can't be good for the dimwitocrats when they keep pulling these has been fossils out of retirement to run for office.

This reminds me of Mondale and Lautenberg running for senate...and Lautenberg wining of course.

47 posted on 02/29/2012 2:24:38 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Mr. Hand.


48 posted on 02/29/2012 3:54:36 PM PST by angcat (NEW YORK YANKEES!)
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To: BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj; Clintonfatigued; AuH2ORepublican; GOPsterinMA; randita

Looks like all those gracious freepers who (when he initially declined to run) praised his military service (which was far far far outweighed by his horrible Senate voting record) have been caught with egg on their faces. This jerk is an enemy of America.

The old heel is gonna lose. But it will force money to be wasted to in the state. And we should probably nominate Jon Bruning (some worry about his record) over multiple-time loser Don Stenberg. However, the polls I saw have Stenberg leading Kerrey as well.


49 posted on 02/29/2012 4:06:53 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: sunmars

He’s not gonna win, but we’ll have to waste money beating him.


50 posted on 02/29/2012 4:10:34 PM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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