Kerrey’s residency status sparks war of words

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March 19th, 2012

Omaha, NE – A decision made by Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale, a Republican, regarding Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bob Kerrey’s residency has sparked a war of words.

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Kerrey says Gale raised unnecessary questions about his right to vote and made comments that seemed designed to fuel partisan attacks against the former governor who lived in New York for the past decade (Photo by Robyn Wisch)

Kerrey may have gotten his wish from Gale, but it didn’t come without criticism of the former governor and senator. Now, Kerrey has objected to the way Gale handled questions about his residency in Nebraska.

Kerrey sent Gale a letter Monday complaining about the four-page opinion the Secretary of State issued Friday affirming Kerrey’s right to vote and run for office in the state. In the ruling, according to Nebraska Watchdog, Gale referenced Kerrey filing two voter registration forms with different addresses within 24 hours, calling it “Troubling, without a doubt. An oath is an oath, and should be done be done serious intent because of the threat of perjury. The oath he took with his voter registration was treated pretty cavalierly by Mr. Kerrey.”

Kerrey said Gale raised unnecessary questions about his right to vote and made comments that seemed designed to fuel partisan attacks against the former governor who lived in New York for the past decade.

In his rebuttal letter, Kerrey added: “I came back, back to the place of my birth, back to the place where I attended school, back to the place I joined the Navy, back to the place that welcomed me home after I was injured in the war, back to the place where I started my businesses and back to the place where I had the honor of serving as governor and senator.”

Despite the disagreement, Kerrey added he doesn’t hold grudges and that he looks forward to working with Gale if he is elected.

Executive Director of the Nebraska Republican Party, Jordan McGrain has told reporters the party intends to contest Kerry’s candidacy in court.

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