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Kerrey Not A Resident, But Still On Nebraska Ballot

Kerrey Not A Resident, But Still On Nebraska Ballot

The first thing the Republican party did when former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey entered the senate race was call him a carpet-bagger.

It looks like they were half right.

The Nebraska Secretary of State has ruled in favor of the Nebraska GOP’s complaint that Kerrey isn’t a legal resident of according to state law.  They contend that due to the last decade of living in New York, he doesn’t meet the requirements for filing for office.

But technically, Secretary of State John Gale said, Kerrey didn’t qualify via Nebraska rules when he filed.  But he did qualify under the federal rules, so he is in fact eligible to run.

The GOP, meanwhile, is claiming that Kerrey lied on voter registration documents, which should force him to withdraw,  however, Gale said that it was not in his jurisdiction to decide that matter.

The Democratic primary will be held May 15th.

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7:33PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012


1:41PM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

I can't believe the Democrates could not of found a inteligent resident to run for this office. That being said if Kerry is eligible he will do an excellent job for the people of Nebraska.

10:34AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

I was going to mention that we had the same situation here in Pennsylvania with the infamous Rick Santorum, but Sue has already covered that!

8:34AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Sounds like he's closer to abiding by the rules than Rick Santorum when he lived in Virginia, ran for Senate in Pennsylvania and had the taxpayers in Pennsylvania paying his kids tuition. Good con if you can pull it off - he didn't. We'll see how it plays out with Kerrey.

8:17AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

By Nebraska's own rules - which honor the U.S.
Constitution - Kerry qualifies, but the republicans
want to raise a fuss - sounds like they're already
running scared.

Not abiding by the rules....Voter fraud?

7:02AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

“Secretary of State John Gale Friday sustained in part, but overruled in part, an objection by the Nebraska State Republican Party to Bob Kerrey’s presence on the ballot for the May 15th primary election and the November 6th general election ballot.

Gale ruled that Kerrey did not meet the statutory terms of required residency under Nebraska law at the time of filing his candidate ballot form on February 29th.

However, Nebraska law also prescribes the qualifications for a U.S. Senate candidate to be those of the U.S. Constitution. Following the less strict federal Constitution as required by state law, Gale ruled that Bob Kerrey’s name can appear on the May 15th primary election ballot for United States Senate. “

Sounds a bit like a confused Nebraska Secretary of State. If Nebraska law specifies the use of qualifications spelled out by the U.S. Constitution, and Kerry meets those, why is Gale adding anything to it? Could it have anything to do with the fact Gale is a Republican?

6:06AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Regardless of where Kerry officially resides, it sounds to me like the Repugs are afraid to run against him so they are looking for a way to avoid that. Huh.

5:28AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Tut tut!

Democrat shenanigans? You'd swear from comments that only the GOP does such things.

Thanks Robin for exposing this Democrat corruption!

4:47AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Squash the competition so we can continue with the vaginal probs!
What a sick state!

4:40AM PDT on Mar 17, 2012

Since when, in our current history, did requirements and regulations play out pure and simple? Only in America, sick bastards that we are by allowing such feces.

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