Now that former United States Sen. Bob Kerrey has announced he will not re-enter politics and run as Nebraska’s Democratic Senate candidate, University of Nebraska – Omaha Political Science Professor Randall Adkins says the Republicans in the primary race may have to change their attack plan. Instead of going after Kerrey, they will now have to focus on their own record and what they would like to do if elected.
However, focusing on the Democratic Party, Adkins did state that Kerrey did not do the party a favor by holding off on making his decision known. He says Kerrey could have actually damaged the party by waiting so long to announce his decision. Any office holder has until February 15th to file. Those not in office must file by March 1st.
Adkins says there are three things candidates consider when running for office. Number one is if they can win the election. Two, is what is the benefit and third, a psychological reward of holding an office. Adkins says all three likely played a part in Kerrey’s decision not to run for U-S Senate.
Adkins says since Kerrey is no longer a contender there will be a lot of emphasis on the Republican primary election.