In a radio ad airing in Nebraska, former Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) is attacked as a New York liberal embarrassing the Cornhusker State.
American Crossroads, a conservative outside group founded by Karl Rove, will spend almost $80,000 to air the ad over the next week. It's a sizable buy for radio in a state with inexpensive media markets.
Democrats recruited Kerrey to run for retiring Sen. Ben Nelson’s (D) seat, but he initially turned it down before changing his mind in February. He acknowledged he had struck a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), although Reid later said no promises had been made.
The ad uses Kerrey’s negotiations with Reid to tie him to Nelson, who faced blowback after he held out his key vote for President Obama’s healthcare reform measure in 2009 until he was offered concessions that brought additional Medicaid funding to Nebraska.
“Hasn’t Nebraska been embarrassed enough? First Ben Nelson embarrassed us with his ‘Cornhusker Kickback,’ ” the ad says. “Now it’s Bob Kerrey embarrassing us.”