Hackett was a Republican till Howard Dean

I don't have a problem with it though it's sorta creepy that Hackett voted for GW Bush and against Billy Clinton. I think we got to pull these people over to our side. Even if Hackett loses, it's a good indication that he's now a Democrat:

There's no question Paul Hackett is a fresh face and fast-rising star in the Democratic Party. Turns out he's fresher than most. The tough-talking Iraq War veteran from Cincinnati didn't officially declare himself a "D" until nearly two years ago, a few weeks shy of his 42nd birthday.  Election records in Hamilton County show that Hackett, now campaigning against Rep. Sherrod Brown for his party's U.S. Senate nomination, first picked up a Democratic ballot for the presidential primary between Howard Dean, John Kerry and John Edwards on March 2, 2004. In two earlier primaries during the 1990s, records show, Hackett had asked for Republican ballots.

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Oh that Howard Dean, he's so unelectable.  He wouldn't be able to get any votes from the moderate Republicans and independents cuz he's so liberal.


by Fran for Dean 2006-02-07 03:36PM | 0 recs
Re: Hackett was a Republican till Howard Dean

I don't see where it says he was a Republican, or voted for Bush (or Dean, for that matter). It's entirely likley that he was registered as an independent, certainly if he was a registered Republican before 2003 it would be a bigger story.

You are right though. Hackett is a prime example of the type of guy we need to win back, particularly in places like Ohio. He saw the light, he can help others see the light.

by dantheman 2006-02-07 03:54PM | 0 recs
Whoops, ignore that

Whoops, clearly I should read more carefully.

I think the second part of my comment stands though.

by dantheman 2006-02-07 03:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Hackett was a Republican till Howard Dean

Other than people we need to bring back, why do we care? As a Clark fan, I am tired of that he was GOPer until 19xx/200x.  This is part of how Kerry slimed Clark in NH.

by DaveB 2006-02-07 04:16PM | 0 recs

Look Hackett is as a Liberal as they get. He has agreed with Left-Wing Democrats on almost every issue except for Guns and Immigration. People change as time goes on look at Robert Bryd or Arriona Huffingtion. (Hope i spelled Arriona right.) The point is backoff on it. It isn't important at all Hackett stands with Democrats now the past is the past. If he was a Republican he would have ran in OH-02 as a Republican and easily won. He is on our side now and thats that.

by Liberal 2006-02-07 05:57PM | 0 recs
Re: I agree Liberal

I agree completely with Liberal.

When you hear people like Paul Hackett, Wes Clark or Navy Admiral James Webb of VA joining the Democratic Party- you should take that as a very positive development for us Democrats as opposed to questioning their loyalty or motives.

People change. People learn from their mistakes. While others realize that their former beliefs may have not be accurate.

It's the Republican party who should be worrying about this. They are obviously losing many highly principled people who are getting of sick of them.

Just remember our history. The Most Popular Republican ever was a Former Democrat in Ronald Reagan. He was embraced by the Republican Party & is obviously a conservative GOP icon today.

So is Senator Jeffords who abandoned the GOP & gave us a few years of control. Today, Sen. Jeffords challenges the GOP more than some Democratic Senators.

Look at all the Former Democratic Senators & House members in the South who switched to become Republicans in the 60's,70's & even early 80's. Some of them ended up being heroes among All Republicans & actually proved to be true conservatives such as Strom Thurmond & Jesse Helms. These same former Democrats helped give the Republican Party the majority in Congress.

Many of these people who switch parties end up being the worst nightmare of their former political party. Some of them become the worst critic of their former party.

Ask Zell Miller.....

Celebrate! We're winning independents & Republicans to join our party.

by fightingLadyinblue 2006-02-07 07:33PM | 0 recs
I'm confused

Am I supposed to be opposed to Hackett because he is a loose cannon who takes too many hard shots at Bush and the Republicans or because he used to vote Republican?

I guess if you're a whacked out Sherrod supporter any lame excuse will do.

by Gary Boatwright 2006-02-08 02:07AM | 0 recs
Re: Hackett was a Republican till Howard Dean

This just goes to show that a lot of folks in the military who vote Republican simply do so on auto-pilot. They just assume that the GOP is the military party. We need to call that into question and make people think about what Supporting Our Troops actually means.

by bluenc 2006-02-08 08:30AM | 0 recs
so what?

lots of people were republicans before howard dean came along.

by annatopia 2006-02-08 01:34PM | 0 recs


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