Bob Kerrey isn't yet a U.S. Senate candidate, but he's getting lambasted on the airwaves by a conservative group with deep pockets.
The television and radio advertisements label Kerrey an "East Coast liberal." They were bought last week by Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska, a group tied to a national organization supported by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch.
The group is running the ad in the Omaha and Lincoln television market, and on radio stations across the state. In all, about $105,000 in advertisements were purchased, said Brad Stevens, state director of the group.
He noted that the nonprofit group does not have to disclose its donors, but said that more than 1,000 Nebraskans have donated to the group.
Kerrey is considering a return to Nebraska and a run for his old U.S. Senate seat, more than a decade after he decided not to seek re-election and moved to New York City. He said Monday that he expects to make a decision "soon," about the bid.
A former Nebraska governor, Kerrey has said if he decides to run, he would return home and re-establish his residency.
He also has argued that he planned to spend more time in Nebraska before he considered a run for the Senate.
In the television ad, Kerrey is accused of "ditching" the state a decade ago and of wanting to return home to spread an "East Coast liberal agenda."
Specifically, they note that he has said he would not vote to repeal President Barak Obama's controversial health-care law.
Kerrey has argued that parts of the law were imperfect but that it does not need to be repealed. He said if he were to win election to the Senate, he would work to improve the law.
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