Thow Him In Front of a Train?
A lot of folks remember Paul Hackett, the democrat who nearly beat Jean Schmidt (of Murtha vote fame) for her congressional seat last year in a very Republican district.
Hackett was campaigning for the Democratic nomination against DeWine. He has good name recognition, and is more conservative than the guy the Democrats want in the race, Rep. Sherrod Brown (the Kos candidate), and is seen as more of a straight talker, which sells well these days.
There is an article in today's NY Times that quotes Hackett as saying
"For me, this is a second betrayal," Mr. Hackett said. "First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me."He made comments after finding out Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer were calling donors asking them NOT to give to him.
If we go back to my post yesterday, Howard Dean tells us part of the DNC platform for 2006 is to become stronger on defense, and better treat the troops.
The obvious way to do this is to alienate guys like Hackett, who would be seen as a pro-defense candidate, with street credentials to flaunt, without the baggage of the Kerry and Murtha end of the party.
Others in the party, who are trying to get more veterans to run as Democrats also aren't happy about this:
"Alienating Hackett is not just a bad idea for the party, but it also sends a chill through the rest of the 56 or so veterans that we've worked to run for Congress," said Mike Lyon, executive director for the Band of Brothers, a group dedicated to electing Democratic veterans to national office. "Now is a time for Democrats to be courting, not blocking, veterans who want to run."
Hackett has made some silly comments, and is unapologetic about them. But the fact is, he's the kind of guy the Democrats need to try and get elected to the Senate. Pushing him in front of a train does nothing for the party image.
Hackett has said he won't run against Schmidt again this year, because he's promised the three other democrats in that race that he wouldn't, and his word is his bond. Maybe the rest of the folks in his parties leadership should start working on that issue.
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