When former Senator Bob Kerrey finally decided to enter the Nebraska senate race, he no doubt expected the instant onslaught of attacks from Republicans hoping to flip Democrat Ben Nelson’s seat to the GOP.
But many on the left are hitting him just as hard, leaving it unclear if anyone is really on his side.
According to Politico, progressive groups unhappy with his previous stance on the war in Iraq, NAFTA and banking regulations are already making it clear that they will be supporting his Democratic opponent, not him, even if it means losing the seat.
“We aren’t looking for anyone to replicate Ben Nelson in Nebraska,” DFA spokeswoman Levana Layendecker told Politico. “We’re not interested in supporting Democrats who we can’t count on to support us on the issues we care about like health care and protecting Social Security.”
Progressive Netroots leader Markos Moulitsas even went as far as to call Kerrey the next “Joe Lieberman.”
Of course, Kerrey has many stances that differ from that of Sen. Nelson, most notably his support of a woman’s right to choose. Nelson’s anti-abortion stances were known to derail many bills in senate during his tenure.
Still, Kerrey’s campaign doesn’t seem too upset by being hated by both the left and the right. His adviser quipped, “Being labeled a centrist in Nebraska? I’ll take that any day, that’s where most people are.”
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