When former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey decided in the end to enter the 2012 senate race, he wasn’t alone. But soon he may be.
Chuck Hassebrook, who was also running in the primary, has decided to step aside rather than put the party through a battle. Saying he realized he would not succeed, Hassebrook has left the race and endorsed Kerrey.
But Republicans are calling it shenanigans and more signs of “backdoor deals.” “First Bob Kerrey cut a secret deal with [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid and now he struck some type of agreement with Chuck Hassebrook to clear the Democrat field for the primary,” said state Sen. Deb Fischer, who is running for the Republican endorsement.
The Reid deal is a reference to allegations that Reid agreed to some sort of pot sweetener for Kerrey if he would agree to return to the race and run for Democratic Senator Ben Nelson’s seat. However, Kerrey has made it clear that there was no actual “deal” other than was that his seniority “would be considered” when it comes to committee placements if he wins the election, but there were no guarantees. As for fundraising help, Reid was non-committal.
Ben Nelson will be retiring at the end of 2012.
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