United States Senate candidate Bob Kerrey has sent Secretary of State John a strongly-worded letter, thanking Gale for his ruling to place his name on the ballot in the Democratic primary, but objecting to the language Gale used in the ruling.
Gale ruled that though Kerrey did not qualify as a resident of the state, he qualifies as a candidate under federal law.
In the letter, Kerrey stated he was not surprised by the ruling. He took a shot at the Nebraska Republican Party’s objection, stating, “It is clearly in their political interests to do so as it may be in their political interests to waste taxpayer’s money through further, baseless pursuit of this matter.”
That is why I was not surprised that you rejected the unsworn protest by the Nebraska Republican Party, objecting to my presence on the ballot. What I find surprising – given your reputation as a fair and reasonable man – is the language of your opinion. It is as if you wrote the statement for the expressed purpose of giving Karl Rove some language to use in one of his commercials against me.
Kerrey asserted the state constitution places no time constraint on registration and that it provides for anyone to register to vote on the same day they become a resident of the state.
However, your opinion sends a very different message. In four pages of so-called “analysis”, you throw unnecessary and unjustified doubt onto my right to vote. Toward this end, you reviewed not just my own voter registrations, but also those of my sister, my brother-in-law, and my friend. You said that my residence was “cursory,” a term which occurs nowhere in the Revised Statutes of Nebraska. You repeated the Republican Party’s baseless claim of election falsification, while saying at the same time that it was not within your jurisdiction to decide. And you said that I “did not appear to have bodily presence” at my new home at 2009 Mullen Road on February 29, even though I actually did.
Thus, what is most surprising of all is that none of this, as you ultimately acknowledge, has anything to do with whether I was eligible to run for the Senate. After leaving the impression that it does, at the tail end of your letter you make it clear that it does not.
Kerrey ended the letter by stating, “Finally, I need to be clear: though I was deeply offended by the language of your statement, I do not hold grudges. If elected, I look forward to working with you as well.”