NE-Sen: Bob Kerrey Readying A Run To Replace Chuck Hagel
by Todd Beeton, Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 09:41:19 AM EDT
Bob Kerrey, former Nebraska governor, two-term senator (from 1989-2001) and current president of The New School in New York City is making moves toward running for another term in the senate.
Kerrey placed a conference call to New School University trustees in New York City to inform them he may be returning to Nebraska.
A decision on whether to return to his roots and attempt to once again represent Nebraska in the Senate is likely "within the next couple of weeks," Kerrey said in a telephone interview.
There's one condition to his runnning, however: that his friend and former colleague Chuck Hagel doesn't seek re-election. So the question is, does Kerrey know something we don't know?
Kerrey said he has become convinced Sen. Chuck Hagel will not be a candidate for a third term next year.
"I am more and more certain Chuck is not going to seek re-election," Kerrey said, "and my intention is to make my decision before he makes an announcement."
Senate 2008 Guru fills us in that Nebraska's Republican Attorney General, Jon Bruning, who's announced his intention to challenge Hagel for his seat, may be getting the same signals from Hagel. As of late, Bruning has gone from attacking Hagel to attacking yet another Republican in the race, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.
Bruning, who had been targeting Hagel for his views on Iraq and immigration, may see Johanns emerging now as the chief obstacle standing between him and the 2008 Republican Senate nomination.
Kerrey's entrance into the race would immediately make it a top tier pick up opportunity, expanding the playing field even beyond the 10 or so seats most commonly cited as in play for Democrats. And it would be yet another feather in the cap of recruiter in chief Chuck Schumer.