Nebraska Republicans are challenging the residency of Democrat Bob Kerrey.
State Republican Party Chairman Mark Fahleson says the party has filed formal legal challenges to Kerrey’s qualification to run for United States Senate in both Dougals County and the Secretary of State’s office. Fahleson says Kerrey’s claims of residency are suspect.
“Nebraska case law is pretty clear,” Fahleson tells Kevin Thomas on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN’s Drive Time Lincoln. “He has to be domiciled in the state of Nebraska in order to allege that he actually resides here. There is even one case that said that if the person’s family resides in another state or outside the area, that doesn’t qualify.”
Fahleson says Kerrey initially used his sister’s address in Omaha when he registered to vote. The following day, he changed residency to the guest house of a long-time friend, Jay Noddell, a real estate developer in Omaha.
Fahleson insists the party has a strong case.
“We have a gentleman, Bob Kerry, who lives in New York, who resides in New York, his family lives in New York, his son attends school in New York and at the last minute flies back here, files not one, but two documents under oath, saying he lives in Nebraska when, in fact, he doesn’t,” Fahleson says. “I mean, as soon as he filed those, he flew back to New York.”
Kevin Thomas of KLIN contributed to this report.
AUDIO: State GOP Chairman Mark Fahleson speaks with Kevin Thomas on Drive Time Lincoln [3 min.]