The Politico reports that Nebraska Republicans have already started talking about Bob Kerrey's
connections to the con man turned Democratic fundraiser, just in case Kerrey decides to run for Chuck Hagel's open seat in 2008:
The Hsu affair already is being used by Republicans as leverage to try to ward off a run by Kerrey
, the Democratsâ€™ favored candidate to compete for the seat of retiring Republican Sen.
Republicans privately acknowledge that Kerrey
is a first-tier candidate and hope their attacks dissuade him from jumping in.
They would have an easier time retaining the seat if Kerrey didnâ€™t run.
â€œBob Kerrey was not only a receiver of contributions [to the New School], he
actively recruited [Hsu] to the New School
,â€ said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher. â€œNebraskans need to be aware of that.â€
arguably had more responsibility to vet Hsu than any of the Democratic politicians that took his contributions.
Kerrey essentially hired him to oversee the New School as a member of the Board of Trustees.
The fact that Kerrey
never even bothered to have a competent background check done on a man connected to a school calls his
judgment into question.
Nebraska would present a tough challenge for Kerrey
in any case.
He hasn't lived there for a while, spending his time in New York in his role as head of the famously liberal New School.
His entire family lives there with him, which doesn't exactly build a case for the more conservative Nebraskans to send him back as their representative.
The Hsu case emphasizes Kerrey's ties to East Coast liberalism as well as the corruption in this cycle's presidential campaign.
and the Democrats will no doubt object to the Republican attacks.