For those who looked up from their brackets long enough to notice, Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale said Bob Kerrey could run for Senate in Nebraska. But Gale also made a few points about Kerrey, saying Kerrey was playing fast and loose with residency requirements when registering to vote in Nebraska.
Kerrey shot back today, accusing Gale of being “political”, when Kerrey has ALWAYS taken his “oath” seriously — like when he signed up for the Navy.
(A side note here: we would appreciate it if some aspiring young blogger would take it up on themselves to plant a tree every time Bob Kerrey or one of his underlings notes that Kerrey served in the military, was a Navy SEAL, or is a decorated veteran. We are going to see if we can mend that ozone layer hole before November.)
But is Gale, a Republican, being political, or is he just stating the obvious for Nebraskans to know the cavalier, POLITICAL attitude that New Yorker Bob Kerrey is taking while running for Senate in his old state.
Let us quote Bob Kerrey, last month when he told Nebraskans that his family meant too much for him to run for Senate in Nebraska:
Oh, and the headline of the OWH story:
“For Kerry, family came first”
Oh my! That Bob Kerrey is so dreamy that he only thought of his wife and little boy when deciding that staying with them in New York came first.
Uh…wait a minute.
We must have missed that OWH headline that said,
“Kerrey reconsiders. Screw the family.”
Anyway, back to the “family-man Bob Kerrey” story,
Kerrey had said he would not take (his 10 year old son) out of school in New York and enroll him in a Nebraska school for political reasons.
Or, you know, what people who actually move their family to Nebraska when they change jobs call, “moving your family with you”.
But hey, we all love to give plain-speaking Bob Kerrey credit for calling a spade a spade, right? So when Kerrey says he doesn’t want his kid to move, we all wink and nod at him. So when John Gale refuses to wink and nod, and instead says that Kerrey calling a hotel his residence, and his sister’s house his residence and then his buddy’s guest house his residence, Nebraskans are supposed to reverently bow to Kerrey’s oath of residency?
Of course not.
So please Bob Kerrey, leave your sanctimonious claims that someone else is playing politics when you are a first-team All American at the game. If it is OK for you to call it politics when you won’t move your family, then it is OK for Gale to call politics when you are pretending that you live in Nebraska.
You know that you are a New Yorker and we know that you are a New Yorker. Because if/when you lose, that is where you will go home to your wife and son.
And THEY will say, “Welcome home Bob.”
Now here is the thing though, about Kerrey’s bitchy (yeah, we said bitchy) press release about Gale’s statement (Oh, Bob was “offended”! Oh that delicate Greenwich Village sensibility!):
Gale gave a scholarly review of the Kerrey matter.
He weighed all the facts that he had and gave his analysis.
There is nothing “political”, at all, about his analysis.
And the fact that Kerrey wrote out that long diatribe press release against Gale makes us think that the Kerrey camp is just a little bit worried about the GOP’s challenge here.
You can read the entire Gale opinion here.
Read it. It is not that long. It is sort of interesting. And it puts the whole “oh Gale is just a Republican!” thing in perspective.
Now, if we were to pull one quote out of the whole thing that Kerrey is hanging his NYC beanie on, it would be this:
Gale talks about how Kerrey rolled into town, gave an OATH that his new home was his sister’s house, then ran back to the Election Commissioner’s office and gave ANOTHER OATH that his home was actually at Jay Noddle’s house. And when asked by Gale, Kerrey said (under oath?) that when he gave the oaths, he was actually staying at a hotel in Omaha and hadn’t moved any of his stuff to either “home”.
So Gale goes on to say,
This is troubling, without a doubt. An oath is an oath, and should be done with a serious intent because of the threat of perjury. The oath he took with his first voter registration was treated pretty cavalierly by Mr. Kerrey.
Anyone find that “political”? Most Nebraskans call that “plain speak”. In other words, Kerrey found all this “residency” business to be so many Nebraska cow-chips to hop around before he can go be a You-Knighted-States Senator. And Gale was calling him on it. Good for Gale.
Not to mention, Gale followed-up with Kerrey to get more information. In other words, Gale played BY THE RULES.
Kerrey does not like those rules, so he took to his friends in the media to call out Gale for him. Expect more of this as the campaign wears on, politicos.
And here is the other thing. As we understand it, there is case law on this topic. And the Nebraska GOP, once they get their water-fowl to queue up, have a very interesting court case to make. Gale gave his opinion that the Constitution addresses this matter. But it also gives the states the ability to do things like set Election Dates. And deadlines. And other candidate requirements (signatures, and the like).
Hey, we have no doubt that Kerrey would bet that he will be a valid candidate on the Democrat ballot in May. That is the easy bet.
But we wouldn’t be surprised if Kerrey gets thrown out of the casino altogether. One must always observe the house rules.
Helluva season Bluejays! We can’t wait for more next year!
And just to keep it political, former Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey Street (what?) made the trip to Greensboro to cheer on the Jays. (If only he had cheered a little harder…)