October 19, 2005
Paul Hackett vs. DC Politicians
Mother Jones Magazine
Iraq vet Paul Hackett says he’ll stay in the Ohio Senate race, challenging the Democratic establishment.
Paul Hackett, the Iraq War veteran who narrowly lost a Congressional bid as a Democrat in an overwhelmingly Republican district in southern Ohio this summer, is staying in the race for U.S. Senate in Ohio in 2006. “I'm in this,” Hackett says. “The water's good. Come on in, Sherrod. It's going to be fun.”
The race in this battleground state is already the focus of national attention. “Many see the governor and Senate race in 06 in Ohio as a bellwether of what is to come in 2008,” says Jason Mauk, political director of the Ohio Republican Party. “As do we.” Hackett initially announced his intention to run against two-term incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) on Oct. 3. But Hackett was forced to reconsider his plans when, three days later, Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) also jumped into the Senate race. Brown had earlier insisted that he would not run for Senate; Hackett and Brown will now face off in a primary on May 2, 2006.
Democratic Party leaders, who recently hailed Hackett as one of their brightest new stars and wooed him into running for Senate, are now lining up behind their party’s insider.
DC has enough insiders.