MI-09: Paul Hackett wants to give Nancy Skinner A Fighting Chance

I got this email today from Paul Hackett.

We have been taken down the wrong path in Washington and it doesn't have to be that way.  President Bush and Joe Knollenberg have jeopardized not only the lives of the brave men and women with whom I served, but also our nation's global credibility.  You can change all of that, though, and give us a fighting chance once again by helping my friend, Nancy Skinner.

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Where's Paul Hackett When You Need Him?

Remember how DCDems wanted Paul Hackett to bow out and leave Sherrod Brown unopposed in the Ohio Democratic Senate primary? Remember how they not only strong-armed him personally, but contacted and discouraged his donors? Remember how they got what they wanted and Hackett bowed out?

Well, they've also gotten the result predicted by many. From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

It has been 20 years since a Democratic candidate for Ohio governor has led Republicans in one of the University of Cincinnati's Ohio Polls, but the first of this campaign season shows Democrat Ted Strickland leading Republican Ken Blackwell.

In Ohio's U.S. Senate race, the same poll shows incumbent Republican Mike DeWine with a 10-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Sherrod Brown.

A primary contest between Brown and Hackett would not only have allowed the people to choose their candidate for the fall, but honed and strengthened the ultimate platform and message of the winner. If candidates debate the issues and refrain from assassination (which isn't too much to expect), primary contests are GOOD for the party.

Thanks DCDems for blowing it yet again. Is it to late for Hackett to get back in?

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Cegelis's and Hackett's races ARE NOT equivalent

When I read Matt Stoller's post on Cegelis and Hackett, I have got to admit that I was a little shocked.  Not only did the author call Paul Hackett a coward but he tried to draw an analogy to the two races.  I not only disagree with calling Hackett, a marine who risked his life for this country a coward but I also disagree with the Cegelis/Hackett equivalency.

(Please don't delete my diary similar because it dissents from mydd's beliefs.  I hope that you keep it here so we all can have a lively debate.

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Hackett Pulls Out; DeWine Goes Up in Ohio. Great job DSCC!

As if it wasn't bad enough that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) pressured Iraq vet Paul Hackett out of the U.S. Senate race in Ohio, now comes even WORSE news.   According to a just-released Rasmussen Poll on the Ohio Senate contest, it now looks like incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine (R) is the only one who's benefited from this fiasco.   DeWine now leads Sherrod Brown, who was annointed as THE ONE by the brilliant minds over at the DSCC, by 9 percentage points (46%-37%).  This compares to DeWine's 5-point lead (45%-40%) over Brown - and 4-point lead (43%-39%) over Hackett - a month ago.  Hey, great work DSCC guys!

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mother jones documents manipulations on hackett's campaign

cross-posted at the new, improved skippy the bush kangaroo (now with 30% more snark!)

tho the brou-ha-ha over paul hackett's withdrawl from the ohio senatorial campaign has died down, the persistent rumors of backstage manipulations have not.  david goodman in mother jones tells us:

hackett had demonstrated his ability to shake money from donors during a january fundraising roadshow in california and new york. but he soon discovered that top democrats were attempting to cut off his money. the hosts of a beverly hills fundraiser for hackett received an e-mail from the political action committee of rep. henry waxman (d-calif.) that concluded, "i hope you will re-consider your efforts on behalf of hackett and give your support to sherrod." waxman's chief of staff, phil schiliro, said the e-mail was only sent to a handful of people and that "it probably came from a suggestion from the sherrod brown campaign."

more after the jump:

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