Hackett Calls DeWine Out Over Schmidt Remark

Paul is calling Sen. DeWine out.  Check out his statement and this great background quote from Schmidt on her first day in Congress, then please recommend this diary so others will have a chance to see it.

UPDATE: Paul with be on Air America's Majority Report at 7:50pm

-Karl

CINCINNATI, OH - Paul Hackett, candidate for U.S. Senate, today called on Sen. Mike DeWine, Ohio's senior Republican in Washington, to join him in demanding that Rep. Jean Schmidt apologize to Rep. John Murtha (PA-12), a Viet Nam veteran, for calling him a coward on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"Congressman Murtha is a hero and deserves the respect he earned on the battlefield. This country is free because of men and women like him," said Hackett.

He continued, "As Ohio's senior Republican official in Washington, Sen. Mike DeWine should join me in calling on Jean Scmidt to apologize for ever questioning John Murtha's honor."

"It's time for Sen. DeWine to show some leadership and help hold his colleagues in Washington accountable for their actions AND their words," Hackett concluded.

BACKGROUND:

From Schmidt's First Speech in Congress 09/06/05:

"This House has much work to do. On that we can all agree. We will not always agree on the details of that work. Honorable people can certainly agree to disagree. However, here today I accept a second oath. I pledge to walk in the shoes of my colleagues and refrain from name-calling or the questioning of character. It is easy to quickly sink to the lowest form of political debate. Harsh words often lead to headlines, but walking this path is not a victimless crime. This great House pays the price."

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The Dems gave Murtha all of their time!
Murtha is smoking hot and cool as a cucumber. It doesn't get any better than this folks.
by Gary Boatwright 2005-11-18 05:19PM | 0 recs
Re: The Dems gave Murtha all of their time!
Before all this hullabaloo, I had no idea who Murth was... now, I think he's the shit.  He could tear GW in two and not break a sweat.  He's like Cheney, only he actually IS tough instead of playing one on TV, like Dick-head!
by teknofyl 2005-11-19 04:32AM | 0 recs
Re: The Dems gave Murtha all of their time!
As much as I love John Edwards, I did imagine yesterday the VP debates had Murtha been Kerry's running mate instead. I would pay good money to see Murtha and Cheney go head to head.
by Scott Shields 2005-11-19 09:02AM | 0 recs
Hackett Pressures Schmidt and DeWine
That's a great statement and I hope it gets picked up so more voters see it. It helps Hackett of course but it also helps other Democrats and puts pressure on some very deserving Republicans.

Schmidt should apologize and I appreciate Paul Hackett saying so.

by Curt Matlock 2005-11-18 06:40PM | 0 recs
I spent eight years on the Hill...
And another twenty working on matters close to it.

To be completely honest, I've never been a huge Murtha fan even though he's a fellow Dem. A bit to the right for my taste.

But the larger point is that the one impression one gets about the man is that he's a man of honor and that on a bipartisan basis people respect his military record and acumen.

I never, ever dreamed that another Member would be calling him a coward on the floor. You might as well tell me a pig will take wing and deliver a pizza to my door.

Just can't happen. Wait, someone's at the door...

New on EWM: "Society of Co-opted Journalists Presents Inaugural Judy Miller Award to Bob Woodward"    

by The Muse 2005-11-19 06:01AM | 0 recs
don't forget Hackett
Hackett's DA MAN for this heads up play, with a very solid assist from whoever dug up Schmidt's September speech (treasure hunting in a sewer).

What's really cool, and different from the past 10 years, is that there's a real chance the media in Ohio and nationwide will cover Hackett's gage. Imperfectly, and biased, but the word will trickle out.

by drlimerick 2005-11-19 08:41AM | 0 recs
OH-02 2006
Any idea who's going to be challenging Schmidt next year?  We can assume it won't be Hackett, even though he'd have arguably the best shot.
by Scott Shields 2005-11-19 11:06AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-02 2006
I've heard talk of ex-Cincinatti Mayor Roxanne Qualls running against Schmidt. Qualls ran against Steve Chabot in 1998 (before the lines were redrawn)and got 45%. Don't know what she's doing now, but apparently she's mulling it over.

Jim Parker, a health care administrator and a 2005 Special Election candidate is running again. His site is http://www.jimparker4ad.blogspot.com/

by MrLiberal 2005-11-19 11:28AM | 0 recs
MrLiberal scares me
He's from Jersey yet knows more about Congressional races around the country (including OH-02) than most local political consultants. And has demonstrated as much. For years (or at least four years).

The only reason S.Y. has not put in his papers for Congress is that pesky Constitutional age thingy.

When I first saw his posts I thought "veteran political analyst". Click on his name and you will see why you have to replace "veteran" with "sharp as hell". Steve is going places and you heard it here first.

It's kind of weird to admit you're a fan of a political analyst who is younger than some of my t-shirts. But Mr. L is the Man.

by Bruce Webb 2005-11-20 06:48AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-02 2006
So far Jim Parker is the only candidate to declare. He's a healthcare administrator.

Dr. Victoria Wulsin came in behind Hackett in the primary and is rumored to be considering.

Former Cincinnati Mayor Roxanne Qualls recently said no when asked about running.

Bouncing Bob McEwen is rumored to be considering a primary challenge against Schmidt.

by ignatzmouse 2005-11-19 11:30AM | 0 recs
Re: OH-02 2006 - some musings
Anecdotal comments regarding the Aug 2
Special Election (when schmidt was declared
winner) were that Paul Hackett won the four eastern counties (Brown, Adams, Scioto, Pike)
more due to a repub push-back against her.  Something about farmers and other rural voters being disadvantaged by trade policies?

 At any rate, in the party primaries on June 14, including all seven counties, McEwen outdrew Hackett 10,830 to 7,284.  The belief is, had he prevailed in the primary over Schmidt, he would have won on Aug 2 by a much larger percentage over Hackett than schmidt's reported totals.
I imagine he will contest the seat in 2006, and he'd be hard to beat.  Unless the vote counting is, once again, corrupted by secret software and humidity.  

Although I can't access the June 14 total vote in Adams, Pike and Scioto, the cumulative vote totals for each party in Hamilton, Clermont,
Warren and Brown are: D: 11,042   R: 41,057
This again illustrates the imbalance in turnout and how tough a battle any Dem candidate would have.  Hackett's showing in the Aug 2 election is thus even more impressive.

But if the repubs continue to self-destruct and Fitzgerald delivers some New Year's or  Easter presents, there's a chance that even the knee-jerk right wing jerks will have second thoughts about more of the same!

by Uncle Willie 2005-11-19 01:20PM | 0 recs
This will get no response
DeWine as incumbent should not respond.  I think this was a fruitless exercise.  DeWine is also full of disdane and confidence.  He is the Senator.
by PoliticallySpeaking 2005-11-20 05:02AM | 0 recs
re
To be honest, I don't understand Hackett's point on this one.  Schmidt already apologized. Calling for DeWine to condemn Schmidt's comments makes sense.  Calling for DeWine to call for a Schmidt apology that already occurred makes little sense.  Whatever...And Scott, I agree that Murtha has handled himself beautifully- especially on Meet the Press this morning.  Likewise, thoughts of him as a 2008 VP candidate have trickled into my mind.    
by Ann Driscoll 2005-11-20 06:25AM | 0 recs
Re: re
politics- that's the point of it. to point what she said out so that Ohioans can know who she is not just in the bubble of online conversations but maybe he gets quoted- so that people can know she was forced to apologize for calling a war hero a coward.
by bruh21 2005-11-20 10:37AM | 0 recs
Apology from Schmidt
Exactly.
by Curt Matlock 2005-11-20 12:45PM | 0 recs
Re: re
ps

somethings are not easily retractable- calling a war hero a coward is one of them.

by bruh21 2005-11-20 10:38AM | 0 recs

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