Sen. Fischer, Gov. Heineman, Fischer’s Cherry County Neighbors Respond To Bob Kerrey’s Character Smears

October 16, 2012


Gov. Heineman: “Bob Kerrey’s attacks are a desperate distraction by a desperate candidate who’s losing in the polls.”

Sen. Fischer: “While negative character attacks are the center of Mr. Kerrey’s campaign, I will continue to travel across the state to listen to Nebraskans and discuss the important issues facing our country. We are committed to campaigning the Nebraska Way.”

LINCOLN, Nebraska, October 15, 2012 - At a press conference today, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer was joined by Governor Heineman and several of her friends and neighbors from Valentine and Cherry County to directly respond to Bob Kerrey’s latest television ad that personally smears Fischer and her family.

“Bob Kerrey’s attacks are a desperate distraction by a desperate candidate who’s losing in the polls,” said Governor Dave Heineman, who called out Bob Kerrey for his shameless negative campaign. “Bob Kerrey’s attacks may be the way they do it in New York, but it’s not the Nebraska Way, and that’s why Deb Fischer is going to win this race,” Heineman continued.

At the press conference, Senator Fischer made a pledge to Nebraskans to not stoop to Kerrey’s level by reciprocating his personal attacks and character smears.

“While negative character attacks are the center of Mr. Kerrey’s campaign, I will continue to travel across the state to listen to Nebraskans and discuss the important issues facing our country. We are committed to campaigning the Nebraska Way,” said Senator Fischer.

Many of Fischer’s friends and neighbors from Cherry County traveled to Lincoln to attend the press conference and show their support for Fischer.

“Senator Fischer has represented Legislative District 43 for the past eight years by listening to her constituents and providing unparalleled constituent services. I am appalled at the recent accusations leveled by Bob Kerrey and his cronies against Senator Fischer. Their baseless claims are unconscionable and unworthy of Nebraska’s airwaves,” said Valentine Mayor Rowdy Kluender.

“I’ve known Bruce and Deb Fischer for decades. They are people of good character. Dredging up a minor land dispute from over a decade ago for a negative political ad seems like a desperate attempt by political consultants to save a failing campaign. Even Bob Kerrey admitted to a TV station yesterday that this ad amounts to character assassination,” said Cherry County Commissioner Mark Adamson.

Three current board members of the Nebraska Environmental Trust Fund (NETF), Sherry Vinton and Barb Batie, and Gloria Erickson released a joint statement denying Kerrey’s allegation that LB 229 presented a conflict of interest.

“With the information we had at time, we can say that LB 229 would not have affected the Nebraska Environmental Trust grant for Snake Falls Ranch because the Ranch was high enough on the Rank Order List and we would have had enough money to give out the grant even if LB 229 took the original $7 million,” said NETF board members Vinton, Batie, and Erickson.

Dean Edson, executive director of the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD), who worked with Sen. Fischer on a compromise version of LB 229, also made it clear that the bill presented no conflict of interest.

“Recently the facts about LB 229, sponsored by Senator Deb Fischer, have been distorted. The bill had nothing to do with Snake River Falls as some have recently claimed,” said Edson, who praised LB 229 for providing millions of dollars for Nebraska water management programs like the Platte River Recovery Implementation Project.

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