Bob Kerrey will not be returning to politics in Nebraska.
Kerrey has distributed an email stating, “I have given the decision of becoming a candidate for the U.S. Senate very serious thought and prayer. For many reasons I nearly said yes. In the end I choose to remain a private citizen. To those who urged me to do so, I am sorry, very sorry to have disappointed you. I hope you understand that I have chosen what I believe is best for my family and me.”
Once Sen. Ben Nelson announced his intention to retire from public office and not seek a third term in the United States Senate, speculation turned to Kerrey, a former governor and United States Senator.
Kerrey was in India when Nelson made his decision. Upon his return to the United States, he scheduled a visit to his home state to speak with fellow Democrats about a return to Nebraska and a return to politics. Between 2001 and 2010, Kerrey ran the New School in New York. Kerrey also conducted a series of interviews with the news media, including Nebraska Radio Network.
With Kerrey out, speculation now turns to three potential Democratic candidates: former Lt. Gov. Kim Robak, State Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha and University of Nebraska Regent Chuck Hassebrook.
All three had deferred to Kerrey.