Kerrey is a Nebraska native and former governor and two-term U.S. senator, but after leaving the Senate in 2001 he moved to New York City, where he was president of a progressive university in Greenwich Village. He returned to Nebraska and bought a house in Omaha earlier this year after deciding to run for the Senate, prompting some to call him a carpetbagger.
The cable guy comedian (a Nebraska native whose real name is Dan Whitney) issued the challenge today via Twitter, shortly after endorsing Kerrey’s Republican opponent, Deb Fischer in a Tweet.
“I’ll pull a Donald Trump and give Bob Kerrey 15 thousand dollars to his charity of choice (hopefully Madonna) if he loses and still moves his wife and himself back to Nebraska to live their lives,” Whitney wrote on Twitter. “That means full residents for both and paying taxes here.”
Last week Trump offered President Obama $5 million to the charity of his choice if he releases his college records.
Whitney – who divided his time between Nebraska and Florida before becoming a full-time Nebraska resident two years ago — wrote that as a “proud rural Nebraska kid” he has “nothing personal” with Kerrey. But he noted Kerrey endorsed liberal Al Franken in the past and “supports the Cornhusker Kickback,” which he called an embarrassment. The Cornhusker Kickback is the nickname for the backroom deal U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson made in exchange for giving Obama the crucial 60th vote he needed to pass Obamacare.
Whitney and his wife actually donated $10,000 to Fischer’s opponent Jon Bruning before the May primary election. Asked why he didn’t donate to Fischer in the primary, Whitney said via Twitter that he’d never heard of Fischer until Kerrey started running negative ads about her, “So I researched her and liked her.”
“I travel 265 days a year and don’t get to see many ads,” Whitney tweeted. “I knew about Jon.”
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