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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Hackett sounds off on 2nd District race

Yes, that Paul Hackett.

The Iraq war vet and lawyer from Indian Hill who narrowly lost to Rep. Jean Schmidt in the special election for her seat nearly three years ago.

Hackett was interviewed in THIS story in Roll Call today about why Democrat Victoria Wulsin was left off of the DCCC List.

Here's an excerpt from the Roll Call story with Hackett's comments:

... Hackett said the consensus after last cycle — when Democrats won huge across the Buckeye State — was that if Wulsin “wasn’t able to do it in 2006, she can’t win it.”

Wulsin “has her own set of issues and problems and challenges just simply as a candidate,” he said. “In my humble opinion, she has not made the improvements that someone typically would have made if they are running their third campaign.”

Hackett defeated Wulsin in a July 2005 special election primary only to narrowly lose to Schmidt in the general election. Hackett’s near-miss in a previously reliable Republican district in the Cincinnati suburbs, coupled with Schmidt’s shaky start in Congress, convinced national Democrats that they could run competitively there.

“My concerns, on the one hand, is that Jean Schmidt has gotten much better,” Hackett said. “She’s not a dumb person. She’s a very hard-working person ... She’ll work anybody into the ground. She’s gotten, by my own personal observation, much better at the public aspects, if you will, of running for office.”

Hackett said current Members of Congress, whom he declined to name, asked him to consider running for the seat again in December 2006 after Wulsin lost to Schmidt by 1 point. Nonetheless, he sees the district as winnable for Wulsin, especially with a X factor like the presidential contest in 2008.


at 6:56 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or is there a strong resemblance between Paul Hackett and New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer?

at 7:05 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous John W. McSame said...

ABC: No question McCain intervention helped Airbus
03/13/2008 @ 2:00 pm
Filed by David Edwards and Nick Juliano

Republican presidential candidate John McCain might be glad that he hasn't received a whole lot of attention since he officially locked up his party's nomination earlier this month, because most eyes are on the still-ongoing Democratic race.

But critics of the Arizona senator are starting to make waves about the Arizona senator's relationships with lobbyists with a European company, by charging that the results cost Americans jobs, according to ABC News.

European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. and Northop Grumman Corp. were awarded a $35 billion Pentagon contract last month to build new Air Force tankers, instead of Boeing Co., and the Seattle-based company is formally challenging the agreement.

Boeing's complaint asks the Government Accountability Office to make sure the EADS contract is fair. McCain pushed for EADS to get the contract, and his campaign employs three former EADS lobbyists, although there is no specific evidence of impropriety, according to ABC.

"Mr. Clean has a bunch of lobbyists that work for a company that won that contract," House Democratic Caucus chairman Rep. Rahm Emanuel, D-Ill., told the network. "Some people claim the way the specs were written, it was all but certain that the company that his campaign lobbyists worked for couldn't but get that contract."

McCain defended the arrangement, saying none of the EADS lobbyists he now employs lobbied him about the companies contract, and he notes that he doesn't lack Boeing connections either, according to ABC:

But today in New Hampshire, McCain argued that his interest in opening up the bidding process was to benefit the taxpayer. He cited his 2004 congressional investigation of a previous Boeing tanker deal, which uncovered a procurement scandal. "The rather bizarre aspect of it is that I killed off a program that was going to cost the taxpayers an additional $6.2 billion, executives went to jail, CEOs were fired," McCain said.
"What Senator McCain said he has tried to do is make the process for bidding more open, transparent and competitive," explained ABC's Jake Tapper explained in a segment on the network. "In making that argument, McCain has benefited this consortium run largely by Airbus. It has benefited that company without question. Was Senator McCain trying to benefit that company? That's an open question but Boeing seems to think so. A lot of the Democrats in Congress seem to think that the deck was stacked against Boeing. "

at 7:59 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just you. What a stupid comment. Totally irrelevant to the story.

at 9:08 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wacky Wulsin will lose by 15+ points to Congresswoman Jean Schmidt.

at 9:11 PM, March 13, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both "Pie Head" Hackett and "Big Nose" Heimlich could be related to Spitzer.

at 12:57 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hackett's comments are insightful, but why are we still listening to the guy? Haven't his 15 minutes long since passed?

at 5:27 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is one person ou there who she can never outwork...

He does more before breakfast than most people do all day...

He has created and fought for hundreds of jobs and helped thousands of people for nearly 20 years...

He knows HEALTHCARE. He knows the ECONOMY. And he KNOWS the WAR in IRAQ.

He's often been referred to by both Democrats and Republicans throughout Southern Ohio as the hardest working candidate in Southern Ohio history.

And if he ever found his way out of a Democratic primary, Jean Schmidt would be in serious danger of losing the 2nd District...

He's been to the homes of thousands of people, they all know his name and he hardly spent one dime on his last campaign.

And if Dr. Wulsin loses, he's got one more change to prove it... and that's exactly what he's going to do.

at 7:49 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember this guy. He's the anti gun nut who nonetheless chased some people down in his SUV through Indian Hill, and held them at gunpoint in a neighbor's driveway for the heinous crime of hitting his garbage cans with his car. Of course, no gun laws - not even those he championed - were applied to him. If any non-rich, non-Democrat were to go careening around pointing guns at people, they would swiftly be jailed. Another shining example of the political class writing laws for "other people", not for themselves.

at 11:02 AM, March 14, 2008 Anonymous common sense said...

Sounds almost like an endorsement of Rep. Jean Schmidt by Paul Hackette!!??
Thanks Paul, do you want a sign for your yard?

at 10:21 AM, March 17, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul is simply making sure Wulsin loses so he can run next time!

at 3:12 PM, March 19, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



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