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Fischer fires back at Kerrey's landowner accusations
A lawsuit filed some 15 years ago in Cherry County is being used to light a fire in the U.S Senate Race. On Monday, Bob Kerrey released the ad during a state wide media tour.
Tuesday, his opponent, Deb Fischer, fired back.
She calls the ad an over-the-top attack and says some people will do anything to win.
That ad, which was released on Monday, depicts Fischer and her husband as bad neighbors who sued a former neighbor over property rights.
Fischer went on the defense Tuesday morning, bringing along with her friends from Valentine as well as the governor.
Flanked by nearly 40 family and friends, U.S. Senate candidate Deb Fischer fired back.
"Some people will do and say anything to win," Fischer said.
She's addressing the latest ad released by the Kerrey campaign.
"I believe he is resorting to over-the-top personal attacks, because he doesn't want to talk about the issues," said Fischer.
The ad is about a parcel of land the Fischer's used from a neighbor.
"They were horrified as a consequence when in 1995, the Fischer's went to court and tried to take the land," said Kerrey.
But Fischer says Kerrey is distorting the facts.
"It was to clarify the boundary; it happens every day in Nebraska," Fischer said.
"I've never heard the legal phrase 'adverse possession' before. I didn't actually understand what it meant, but I do now," said Kerrey.
Fischer, along with several of her neighbors in Cherry County, says the lawsuit was brought because the fence line and deeded boundary didn't match and the Fischer's were looking to sell some property.
"The main point here is Mr. Kerrey is distorting the intent of that case," said Fischer.
Fischer says this latest ad goes along with what's been happening for months.
"Since the primary, we've seen attacks on myself and my family, we've been called welfare ranchers," said Fischer.
"I've done nothing but present the facts and the facts are devastating to her character," Kerrey said.
The Kerrey campaign also held a press conference just hours after Fischer held hers. Kerrey said that the excuse that Fischer is making - that her lawyer made them file the lawsuit - is a, quote, "insufficient argument."
Both candidates are expected to campaign in the area in the coming days.
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