Attorney General Jon Bruning rejects accusations leveled by Nebraska Democrats that his trip to Washington, D.C. was more about fund-raising for his United States Senate campaign and less about challenging the constitutionality of the federal health care law.
The Nebraska Democratic Party sent out a news release accusing Bruning of using the trip to
Washington to enhance his Senate campaign. It accused Bruning of holding four fundraisers and leaving the legal work to his Deputy Attorney General.
The news release featured an accusation leveled by the Bob Kerrey US Senate campaign:
Bob Kerrey Campaign Manager Paul Johnson, points out that Bruning won’t be making any of the oral arguments and “will not speak one word to one Supreme Court Justice during the hearings, but he will hang out with his lobbyist friends collecting checks while telling folks back home that he is hard at work leading the charge to repeal ObamaCare.” Johnson said the trip was “nothing but a charade and a fundraising trip, while others do the real work.”
Bruning says he made the trip, because Nebraska is a leading state in the lawsuit against the law.
“Well, I think that Bob Kerrey, if he would come back to Nebraska more, he would understand that Nebraskans really don’t care for Obamacare. They think it’s bad law. They think it’s bad policy. They think it’s not good for the country and they think it’s unconstitutional,” Bruning tells reporters.
The United States Supreme Court held three days of oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2010. Nebraska is one of the 26 states that filed the lawsuit. Bruning sat in on the oral arguments.
Bruning says he made the trip as part of his official duties and Bruning levels an accusation of his own: that Bob Kerrey is out of touch with Nebraska.
“Bob’s in New York and his campaign manager is in Louisiana and so they don’t really perhaps understand that Nebraskans are very frustrated with Obamacare and Nebraskans want me to be here, challenging Obamacare,” according to Bruning.
The Supreme Court could rule on the case in June.
AUDIO: Attorney General Jon Bruning reacts to charges leveled by Nebraska Democrats [:40]