We have no idea what Bob Kerrey will ultimately say today (or potentially tomorrow?) about running for the U.S. Senate.
But we have our suspicions.
For one, he was at the Omaha Central High School basketball game (vs Kearney) last night, with Warren Buffett’s daughter Susie. Because Bob can’t get enough quality high school basketball at his home in New York City? Because (private school) Omaha Creighton Prep, where he sent his older son, wasn’t playing that night? Because he and Susie couldn’t get a table at the Dundee Dell?
No, because Bob wanted to look like “The Man of the People”, out with the other parents at a high school basketball game. Oh, and someone told the P.A. guy, who announced and recognized Kerrey at halftime. Gee, wonder who passed his name along. Bob probably just wanted to be anonymous there!
So, as we expect Kerrey to announce that he changed his mind and is going to “move” himself (though not his family) to Nebraska to run for Senate, we ask, Who is supporting New Yorker, Bob Kerrey in a Senate run?
Well, it looks like Nevada’s Harry Reid is behind him. He said he has had “lots” of calls with Bob Kerrey over the past few weeks. (Wonder how many calls Kerrey has had with Chuck Hassebrook.) And Delaware’s Tom Carper (jokingly) said he would give up his committee seat for Kerrey (if he won). And apparently a dozen other Senate Democrats are encouraging him to run.
But here is a list of NEBRASKA Democrats who are NOT behind Kerrey:
- Nebraska Regent, Chuck Hassebrook, whom just three weeks ago, Kerrey had told he would give his full support. Hassebrook has even taken to the YouTubes to let Nebraskans know that the man from Lyons, Nebraska will not be bullied out by the guy who considered running for Mayor of New York, New York.
- Nebraska Democrat Comitteeman, Vince Powers, who committed to Hassebrook, and is going to honor that commitment. (You know, unlike Kerrey.)
- Nebraska Democrat Chairman of County Chairs, Bud Pettigrew. As quoted in Politico, Pettigrew said that if Kerrey runs, he didn’t think there’d be a lot of happy people.
- Democrat Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Not certain about this one, but Suttle has apparently told Hassebrook he would stand by his endorsement. (Again, the opposite of what Kerrey did.)
And who does Kerrey apparently have on his side, besides all of these Nevadans, Delawarians, and of course Louisianan, manager Paul Johnson?
Well, apparently Susie Buffett. So while Kerrey may not have “the 99%” on his side, he does have the top 1000th of the 1%.
That’s probably good for a check.
We will see you on the other side…
A Tweet from OWH’s Robynn Tysver:
Kerrey registered, using his sister’s home in west Omaha, according to Dave Phipps, Douglas County Election Commissioner
We thought Kerrey was buying a home in Omaha! You know, to live in Nebraska.
Does this mean if we stay at a cousin’s apartment in Mississippi, we can vote and run for Congress there?
My oh my, does that have a whiff of a court challenge.
We are no legal experts, but this from the Nebraska Secretary of State’s website:
To register to vote in Nebraska your (sic) must:
- Be a United States Citizen;
- Be at least 18 years of age on or before the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November;
- Live in the State of Nebraska;
- Have not been convicted of a felony, or if convicted, at least two years have passed since the completion of your sentence for the felony including any parole term;
- Have not been officially found to be mentally incompetent.
Is there some misunderstanding of the plain meaning there? Did Bob Kerrey just lie to the Douglas County Election Commissioner? (And can Chuck Hassebrook now commiserate with Dave Phipps?)