The Washington Post, siting a senior Democratic aide as its source, reports the former United States Senator Bob Kerrey has changed his mind and will run for the seat being vacated by incumbent Democrat Ben Nelson.
The Nebraska Secretary of State’s office says neither Kerrey nor any associate of Kerrey’s has contacted the office about filing. Candidates not currently in office have until March 1st, Thursday, to file for the May 15th primary.
Kerrey stated in early February that family considerations kept him from entering the race. He conducted a number of interviews to explain his reasoning, including one with Nebraska Radio Network in which he stated it was a very difficult decision to make.
In the interview, Kerrey stated that ultimately he had to answer the question of what the campaign and a possible six-year term in Washington do to his family.
“The answer to that question for me was that it was going to be more negative than positive. So, I chose no,” Kerrey told Nebraska Radio Network.
After Kerrey bowed out, Democrat Chuck Hassebrook of Lyons, a University of Nebraska regent, stepped in and filed.
The top Republicans in the race are Attorney General Jon Bruning, state Treasurer Don Stenberg and state Senator Deb Fischer. Businessman Pat Flynn and truck driver Spencer Zimmerman are also Republican candidates for U.S. Senate.
The aid told the Post that Kerrey has called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to inform him of his plans.
Kerrey serves as president emeritus of the New School in New York City.