Local Republicans had already taken the effort to try and attack former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey, even before he publicly decides if he is running for Democratic Senator Ben Nelson’s seat.
Now, the national Republicans are taking a swing, too. Former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, using his Americans Crossroads super PAC, has released a radio ad to play in Nebraska, calling Kerrey a “carpetbagger” for considering running in a state he hasn’t lived in for the last 10 years.
“‘Bob Kerrey thinks if he can survive for a decade in New York City then he can make it anywhere, but Nebraskans are inclined to disagree,’ said Nate Hodson, American Crossroads director of state and regional media relations. ‘For example, Bob Kerrey’s proud support of Obamacare might win him friends in Greenwich Village but it will destroy him in Nebraska – just as it did Ben Nelson.’”
Kerrey, however, seems more amused than bothered by the ad. And he threw his own punch back at Rove, sending a letter to the former Bush brain explaining that he owns quite a few businesses in Nebraska and never lost his ties there. “I heard your very funny radio ad and would like to invite you to come to Nebraska and have a burger with my family at one of my restaurants. Or better: Let’s work out at one of my health clubs.”
“I am certain you’ll be glad you did.”
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