Last word: Paul Hackett was Lazy
by penang, Sat Feb 18, 2006 at 09:07:25 AM EST
I finally found someplace that spoke the truth. This entire sorrid story comes down to the fact that Hackett wouldn't sit on his ass and raise money:
People associated with Hackett's campaign say they still believe Hackett could have beaten Brown, but only if he could have raised enough to set aside about $1 million for TV ads. One of their biggest obstacles to banking that money, they said, was that Hackett hated fund raising.If you can't sit on your ass (cell phones sort of change it) and raise money 4-6 hours every day as a US Senate candiate today, you will lose. Hackett lost. I know this for a fact. I gave money to Paul Hackett in the special, and I never got a phone call from him asking for dough.
While most candidates share that feeling, people familiar with Hackett's campaign say he was especially resistant to efforts by aides to get him to use one of the most efficient but unpleasant fund raising techniques: sitting at the phone for hours, calling friends, relatives, and strangers to ask for money. Tension over the problem led in January to the departure of his finance director.