Kerrey to Run for Nebraska Senate Seat

Former governor jumps back into arena

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 27, 2012 2:09 PM CST

(Newser) – Bob Kerrey plans to jump back into the political fray with a run for Ben Nelson's Nebraska Senate seat, a senior Democratic aide tells the Washington Post. Kerrey, a former Nebraska governor and senator, had been floated as a possible candidate as soon as Nelson announced his retirement, but earlier this month announced that he had decided against it for family reasons. He has since apparently changed his mind.

Democrats were desperate for Kerrey to run, having few other viable options in Nebraska, and with control of the Senate hanging in the balance. But Kerrey might not be seen as a native son anymore; he moved to New York after retiring from the Senate in 2001.

In this June 2, 2010, file photo former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey speaks in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
This file photo from Sept. 5, 2003, shows Bob Kerrey saluting at an event in Lincoln, Neb.   (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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