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Hackett: Out, and the Democratic Establishment Should Be Ashamed

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Shameful. But hey, the Democrats don’t need strong candidates like Paul Hackett, right?

“This is an extremely disappointing decision that I feel has been forced on me,” said Mr. Hackett, whose announcement comes two days before the state’s filing deadline for candidates. He said he was outraged to learn that party leaders were calling his donors and asking them to stop giving and said he would not enter the Second District Congressional race.

“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.”

“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.”

Sherrod Brown will make a strong Senator, and certainly a better one than Mr. Dewine. But the level of vitriol directed at Paul Hackett in the form of innuendo, misrepresentation, and outright backstabbing is a disgrace for the Democratic Party.

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is a eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it’s a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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  • I expected this kind of back-stabbing, slimy treatment from the Neo-cons and Republicans. We as americans and secondly as democrats are in a fight for our very lives, yet the DNC decides to pull a fast one like this on our own? Hackett has the “Right Stuff”, unlike many of these “belly-up” democrats. I see now that not only do we need to “clean” both house and senate of neo-con republicans, but many of these trecherous democrats need to go as well. Those in the democratic leadership had better get their heads and strategies straight before we lose good people like Hackett and lose the country too.

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