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New Kerrey ad leaves Fischer campaign fuming
He calls it a story of betrayal; she calls it can act of desperation.
Monday, the Kerrey campaign launched a new television ad attacking Deb Fischer.
The ad features testimonies from Valentine residents about a dispute between the Fischer's and the Kime's.
The ad centers around and old rugged fence dating back to the 1930's. That fence divides Sunny Slope Ranch, which is owned by the Fischer's, and the Snake Falls Ranch.
The Kerrey campaign is using that land dispute to attack Fischer's budget proposals.
But the Fischer campaign is calling it a character assassination.
It's the tale of two families. The Fischer's and the Kime's.
"There's a good neighbor and a not so good neighbor," said Kerrey.
The new attack ad explains how Les and Betty Kime allowed Bruce and Deb Fischer to use part of their land to graze their cattle, free of charge.
"They were horrified as a consequence when in 1995, the Fischer's went to court and tried to take the land," Kerrey said.
The Fischer campaign fired back with their own statement. They say:
"Before the Fischer's sold a parcel of their land, their lawyer advised them to clarify the land boundaries through the legal system."
The ad state the Kime's paid nearly $40,000 to resolve the dispute.
"State Senator Fischer, when she was in the Legislature, made it impossible for the Kimes to sell it to the state games and parks," said Kerrey.
Mark Fahleson with the Nebraska Republican Party, says the ad is unethical.
"He's now been back in Nebraska for 7 months and he's starting to get around the state and apparently these are the types of tactics he's come up with," said Fahleson.
"In my mind, this is an issue of character, and it's an issue of character that's important in this campaign," said Kerrey.
The Fischer campaign disagrees, saying "It's truly pathetic that Bob Kerrey is now resorting to character assassination to revive his flailing campaign. He's revealing the disturbing depths he'll stoop in order to win."
"I don't deny that its character assassination, but I didn't pull the trigger, she did," Kerrey said.
The Omaha World Herald was the first to report on the land dispute.
The ad began airing on stations across the state this morning.
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