- Paul Hackett
Paul Lewis Hackett III (born March 30, 1962) is a lawyer and veteran of the
Iraq Warwho unsuccessfully sought election to the United States Congressfrom the Second District of Ohio( [http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/pdf/congdist/OH02_109.pdf map] ) in the August 2, 2005, special election. Hackett, a Democrat, narrowly lost to Republican Jean Schmidt, a former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, providing the best showing in the usually solidly Republican district by any Democrat since the 1974 election. Hackett's campaign attracted national attention and substantial expenditures by both parties. It was viewed by some observers as the first round of the 2006 elections. In October 2005, Hackett said he would seek the Democratic nomination in 2006 to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Mike DeWine; however, he dropped out of the race on February 14,, 2006.
Hackett, who "
The New York Times" said is six foot four and "garrulous, profane, and quick with a barked retort or a mischievous joke", was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Paul and Beth Hackett, who lived at the time in Gates Mills. When an infant, his family moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where his father worked for the Pratt and Whitney aircraft enginecompany. Before Hackett started school, his family returned to Ohio when his father took a job with the General Electric Company's aircraft engine division in Evendale, a Cincinnati suburb. Hackett lived in the Ohio towns of Wyoming, Montgomery, and Indian Hill, and attended the Seven Hills Schooland Indian Hill High School.
He has a B.A. from
Case Western Reserve Universityand a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Lawat Cleveland State University. Hackett also attended American Universityin Washington, D.C., studying under the university's Washington Semester program in Journalism. Hackett was admitted to the Ohio bar on November 7, 1988, and practices law in downtown Cincinnati with the Hackett Law Office, which he opened in 1994.
Hackett saw active duty in the
United States Marine Corpsfrom 1989 to 1992, and then joined the Select Marine Corps Reserve. In 2004, he volunteered for active duty in the Iraq War, spending seven months as a civil affairs officer with the 4th Civil Affairs Groupof the 1st Marine Division. He was assigned to Ramadiand supported the Fallujahcampaign and reconstruction efforts there. On October 21, 2004, a convoy under his command was hit by two roadside bombs, but Hackett was uninjured. He returned to Ohio in early 2005.
Hackett is married to Suzanne (Suzi) C. Hackett. They have three children, Grace (born 1997), Seamus (born 2000), and Liam (born 2003). The family lives in Indian Hill, a wealthy Cincinnati suburb, in a home along the
Little Miami Riverbuilt in 1802.
On Milford council
Hackett was elected to the city council of
Milford, Ohio, a city in Clermont and Hamilton Counties, in 1995 to replace Chris Imbus, who was recalled from office by a vote of 410 to 86. In the recall election on May 2,, he defeated businessman Jacques E. Smith by a vote of 388 to 81. On the Milford council, he opposed efforts to rezone a parcel of land in order to retain the Milford post officewithin the city limits. He resigned from the council in September 1998 to devote more time to his family and his law practice and was replaced on the council by James Gradolf. When Hackett purchased a home in Indian Hill in 2000, the purchase made " The Cincinnati Enquirer"'s column of most expensive real-estate transactions in the area.
Enters the race for Congress
"More information on the election can be found at
Ohio Second Congressional District Election, 2005."
and Hackett should run for his seat. Hackett decided to enter the race before reaching home.
pecial primary election
In his bid for Congress, Hackett was endorsed by the county Democratic parties in four of the seven counties in the district, those in Brown, Clermont, Hamilton, and Pike Counties. Party leaders chose to support him rather than
Charles W. Sanders, the only black candidate in either primary and the Democratic nominee in 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2004. Timothy Burke, chairman of the party in Hamilton County, said "The blunt reality is that Charles Sanders can't win the 2nd District seat." David Altman, a Cincinnati attorney who was on the party central committee, was also skeptical of Sanders, telling " The Cincinnati Post" "I don't think he has a snowball's chances of winning."
Many were angered by the endorsement. Todd Portune, the first Democrat elected to the Hamilton County Commission in decades, told "The Post" "That's not the Democratic Party I'm a part of," saying the party should remain neutral.
Victoria Wells Wulsin, a doctor from Indian Hill who ran a charity helping AIDSpatients in Africaalso seeking the nomination, was dismayed by the Hamilton County endorsement. "It smacks of weapons of mass destruction," she told "The Post".
Other candidates running were Jeff Sinnard, a civil engineer from Anderson Township, and the most conservative Democrat;
James John Parker, a hospital administrator from Pike County; and Arthur Stanley Katz, a lawyer originally from New York Citywho had retired to Mason, who ran as a write-in candidate.
Hackett was also endorsed by
labor unions: the United Auto Workers, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workersand the Greater Cincinnati Building and Construction Trades Council.
Dayton Daily News", a Democratic paper, endorsed Hackett in the Democratic primary, calling him an "articulate, down-to-earth exponent of moderate Democratic views." " The Cincinnati Enquirer", a paper with a Republican editorial position, also endorsed Hackett in the primary. The paper editorialized "he is not an ideologue, but someone willing to listen to different points of view and to act on the basis of what he believes will best serve his constituents." The paper also called attention to his leading a recall against members of the Milford city council and "his ability to take charge of a situation, whether it is a dysfunctional local government in Ohio, or setting up the basics of a civil government in a city in Iraq."
Hackett told "
The Cincinnati Enquirer" that the Iraq War has not been worth the price. "We need to develop an exit strategy and execute it. That strategy must commit 100% of our efforts to training the 140,000 Iraqi soldiers to do the jobs that the United States is doing now. We cannot again falsely declare victory." Hackett also told "The Enquirer" he was the best candidate because of his service in Iraq. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050724/EDIT03/507240351/-1/back01]
Hackett won the Democratic nomination with over half the vote in unofficial results. A total of 13,927 ballots were cast representing 3.05% of the 456,795 registered voters in the district and 23.4% of the 59,538 ballots cast in both primaries.
pecial general election
The district was a Republican one. In 2004, 64 percent of the vote in the presidential election went to
George W. Bush. Rob Portmannever got less than 70 percent of the vote in his campaigns, no Democrat had received more than 38 percent since Thomas A. Luken's narrow loss to Willis D. Gradisonin 1974, and no Democrat had won the district in a regular general election since John J. Gilliganin 1964. (Luken held the seat in 1974 after winning a special election to replace William J. Keating, who resigned, but lost the November election for a full term.) Amy Walter of the "Cook Political Report" said the Second District was the fifty-seventh most Republican in America.
John Green, a
political scienceprofessor at the University of Akronin northeast Ohio told " USA Today" "It's a real steep uphill climb for him. It is such a Republican district." Jane S. Anderson, an adjunct professor of political scienceat the University of Cincinnatiwho has unsuccessfully run for the Cincinnati city council and the Ohio Houseas a Democrat, told the Associated Press:It's definitely worth it to the Democrats to put in the effort if only to keep the party energized. Even if Paul Hackett loses, it is very important for the party for him to do well. It could be seen as a sign of opportunities for Democrats in other GOP strongholds.
Hackett was undaunted by the Republican composition of the district, claiming::No single party owns this district. It's not a Republican district, it's not a Democratic district. It's actually the seat of the citizens of the Second District. They deserve an opportunity to make an informed decision as to who will represent them in
Martin Gottlieb, editor of the "
Dayton Daily News" editorial page, wrote a Republican landslide in the district was "a self-fulfilling prophecy"::It is so overwhelmingly Republican that Democrats typically don't make a real effort as a party. A candidate puts himself up, but generally it's somebody who has no political strengths and gets no financial contributions or volunteer help to speak of. The campaign gets little attention. And the prophecy gets fulfilled.
Hackett critical of Schmidt
Jean Schmidtas a "rubber stamp" for Ohio Governor Bob Taft's "failed policies" and said she would continue in that role for George W. Bushif elected. At their debate at Chatfield College, he said "If you think America is on the right track and we need more of the same, I'm not your candidate" and asked "Are you better off today than you were five years ago?", echoing Ronald Reagan's question in his debate with Jimmy Carterin 1980. "Rubber stamp" was Hackett's catchphrase throughout the campaign. Hackett even appeared in front of the Hathaway Rubber Stamp store in downtown Cincinnati on July 27, to emphasize the point.
"If you think America needs another career politician steeped in a
culture of corruptionwho does as she's told and toes the line on failed policies, then I'm not your candidate," he wrote in a guest column for " The Cincinnati Post". Hackett hammered on Schmidt's ethics. When she denied she knew or ever met Thomas Noe, at the center of the Coingatescandal at the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation, Hackett produced minutes from a meeting of the Ohio Board of Regentsthat showed Schmidt had indeed met with Noe, once a regent.
He laid out his positions in that "Post" column::I'm for limiting government. I'm for fiscal responsibility. I'm for a strong national defense. I'm for
fair trade. This means I don't need Washington to tell me how to live my personal life or worship my God. And I don't need Washington to dictate what decisions my wife can make with her doctor any more than I need Washington to tell me what guns I keep in my gun safe. I fought for Iraq's freedom, not to come back and have a government tell me I can't have my freedom because the world is too dangerous. Our freedoms are what make America great and desirable to the rest of the world and any government that wants to take away its people's freedoms under the pretense of national security is what makes the world more dangerous.
Hackett was highly critical of his opponent's record. On June 12,, he went to Nicola's Ristorante on Sycamore Street in
Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhineneighborhood to call attention to Schmidt and other members of the Ohio General Assemblyhaving accepted dinner there and Cincinnati Bengalstickets from a lobbyist for pharmaceutical company Chiron, Richard B. Colby, on October 24, 2004 and failing to report the gifts on their financial disclosure statements. (The others were Representatives Jim Raussenof Springdale, Michelle G. Schneiderof Madeira, and Diana M. Fesslerof New Carlisle.) "What will she do in Washington when she's around real big money?" Hackett asked.
The Cincinnati Enquirer" ran a front page story on July 2, reporting on the candidates financial disclosure statements that revealed both were millionaires. Hackett was worth between $650,000 and $1,600,000, while Schmidt was worth between $1,700,000 and $6,800,000, most of her wealth in the form of a real estate company owned with her three siblings, RTJJ, LLC. (These figures did not include the value of either's home. The Hamilton County Auditor valued Hackett's home on five acres at $552,800 and the Clermont County Auditor valued Schmidt's home on two-thirds of an acre at $138,510.)
Hackett told "The Enquirer", "I'm a self-made guy. I didn't inherit it. I didn't marry for it. What you see is what I made in the last decade." The paper noted the median household income in the district was $46,813. Schmidt used her own wealth in the campaign. She told "
The Cincinnati Post" the week before the election she put $200,000 of her money in the campaign that she had planned to use to buy a condominiumin Florida.
Hackett was a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, but nevertheless lost the endorsement of the
National Rifle Associationto Jean Schmidt. Hackett, a long-time NRA member and holder of a concealed carrypermit, told "The Enquirer" "I don't know what I have to do. I've gone against the grain in the Democratic party. There isn't a bigger gun enthusiast than me." (A spokesman for the NRA said the endorsement was based on Schmidt's voting record in the Ohio Houseand that Hackett, having only served on a city council, did not have the voting record Schmidt did.) Schmidt also won the endorsements of the Fraternal Order of Police. The FOP's Keith Fangman criticized Hackett: "He has a track record of filing frivolous and malicious lawsuits against law enforcement officers in Clermont County," said Fangman because Hackett had represented a plaintiff in a suit against a Clermont County police officer. "That's what lawyers do," Hackett told " The Cincinnati Enquirer". "We're not in the business of filing lawsuits we know are frivolous or malicious."
Both candidates talked of the environment. Hackett paddled down the
Ohio Riverto call attention to its condition. Schmidt called for reducing America's dependence on foreign oilby increasing use of ethanoland drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Hackett opposed drilling in ANWR.
The candidates participated in only two debates. The first was held on July 7, at
Chatfield Collegein St. Martin in Brown County, moderated by Jack Atherton of WXIX-TV, the Fox Networkaffiliate in Cincinnati. Hackett told the audience his opponent was "a rubber stamp for failed policies" and "if you think America is on the right track and we need more of the same, I'm not your candidate." The second debate was held July 26, at the Ohio Valley Career and Technical School in West Union in Adams County. Howard Wilkinson of " The Cincinnati Enquirer" said Hackett in the second debate was "trying to paint Schmidt as a Taft-Bush robot." The two also made joint appearances on WCET-TV's "Forum" on July 28, and WKRC-TV's "Newsmakers" on July 31,.
Hackett held campaign rallies in Waverly in the far eastern end of the district on July 11,; in Loveland on July 19,; Mariemont on July 20,; and Lebanon, the northernmost part of the district, on July 21,. Hackett arrived at many events on his
National attention on the race
Hackett attracted national attention to what had always been considered a safe Republican district. "
The New York Times" ran a front-page story on him and articles appeared in " USA Today" and " The Washington Post". " USA Today" wrote "if Democrats could design a dream candidate to capitalize on national distress about the war in Iraq, he would look a lot like the tall, telegenic Marine Reserve major who finished a seven-month tour of Iraq in March."
Schmidt made the
Iraq Waran issue in the race. She declared on WCET-TV's "Forum" that " 9/11was a wakeup call. We lost our innocence" and praised the Bush foreign policy. "The foundation of democracy that has been planted in Afghanistanand Iraq", she said, has inspired reforms in Saudi Arabia, Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere. Schmidt always appeared in public with a button in her lapel containing a photograph of Matt Maupin, the only prisoner of warof the Iraq campaign. Hackett did not mince words about Iraq or President Bush. He told " The New York Times" Bush was "a chicken hawk" for pursuing the war after having avoided military service in the Vietnam War. "The Times" also quoted him as saying Bush was "the greatest threat to America." Hackett in the West Union debate contrasted what President Bush had said in the 2000 presidential debates to current events. "Guess what folks? We're nation-building!"
On July 19,, Democratic campaign operative
James Carvilleappeared at a fund-raiser for Hackett in downtown Cincinnati that raised $100,000. On July 21,, Max Cleland, formerly a United States Senatorfrom Georgia, campaigned for Hackett at a rally in Blue Ash. John Glenn, the astronaut who later represented Ohio in the United States Senate, sent out an e-mail asking Democrats to volunteer for Hackett, and Glenn campaigned with him on July 30, in Cincinnati. Retired general and presidential candidate Wesley Clarkalso endorsed Hackett. Hackett also received campaign contributions from the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the United Auto Workers, Cincinnati Bengalsowner Mike Brown, and talk show host and former Cincinnati mayor Jerry Springer. Democratic National Committeechairman Howard Deansent out an e-mail appeal for Hackett which, combined with work by bloggers, helped raise over $475,000 in online contributions for Hackett, making him the first Democratic nominee in the Second District in years who could afford television advertisements. Hackett's ad began with a clip of President George W. Bushspeaking to troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on June 28, 2005, "There is no higher calling than service in our armed forces." Hackett's commercial then noted his service in the Marine Corps. " The Washington Post" noted the commercial "avoids any hint that the lawyer is a Democrat." Republicans were displeased. The Republican National Committee's lawyers wrote him saying the commercial deceived the public with "the false impression the President has endorsed your candidacy." Robert T. Bennett, chairman of the Ohio Republican Party, told " The Cincinnati Post" the commercials were "a blatant effort to dupe voters."
National Republican Congressional Committee, the official Republican Party body that helps candidates for the United States House of Representatives, announced on July 28, it was spending $265,000 for television ads in the Cincinnati market, covering the western part of the district, and $250,000 for ads in the Huntington, West Virginia, market, covering the eastern half. Carl Forti told " The Cincinnati Enquirer" "we decided to bury him" after Hackett told " USA Today", in a story published that morning, "I don't like the son-of-a-bitch that lives in the White Housebut I'd put my life on the line for him." Forti said the NRCC had "no concern that she will lose. She will not lose."
The NRCC ran commercials noting Hackett had voted for tax increases while on the Milford council and quoting his statement on his website that he would be "happy" to pay higher taxes. The full quotation, in regards to raising the cap of $90,000 that Social Security
payroll taxes are levied on was:I for one would be paying more in Social Security taxes, but I’d be happy to. Why? Because we’ve all made a commitment to pass on a better America to our children. Our parents kept their word to us, and we have the same obligation. This pledge is a cornerstone of the American way of life. Those of us who have enjoyed success have a duty to uphold this commitment to our future generations. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the NRCC's counterpart,responded with commercials noting that Schmidt had voted to raise the sales taxby 20 percent and the excise taxon gasolineby 30 percent when she was in the legislature. A mailing to voters by the DCCC reiterated these statements under the headline "Who Voted for the Taft Sales Tax Increase—the Largest in Ohio History?" and asked "can we trust Jean Schmidt to protect middle-class families in Washington?"
The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes [http://www.gocoast.org/] , a Cincinnati-based group founded by
Tom Brinkman(who lost the GOP primary to Schmidt), began running ads in the last week of July urging voters to skip the election. COAST's president, Jim Urling, told " The Cincinnati Enquirer" that this might help elect Hackett, but "we think it will be easier to remove a Democrat next year than an incumbent Republican posing as a conservative."
In the general election, the Democratic "
Dayton Daily News" endorsed Hackett. The "Daily News" said Schmidt's attacks on Senators R. Michael DeWine and George V. Voinovich were "remarkably classless" and "seemed to be saying that voters who like legislators who exercise occasional independence from their party should not vote for her." The "Daily News" said Hackett was "not your classic suburban liberal" and urged "voter [s] looking for something beyond a conventional political background" to support him. " The Cincinnati Post" also endorsed Hackett. It noted Schmidt is the latest in a line of "Republican patricians" and "likely to be a dependable vote for the Bush administration" whereas Hackett is a gust of fresh air. If we had to put a label on him, it would be LibertarianDemocrat. He says what he thinks and doesn't seem to have much use for the orthodoxy or the partisanship of either party."
The Cincinnati Enquirer", a conservative paper, wrote:Hackett is an attractive candidate with many qualities to admire . . . bright, personable and charismatic, with an aura of leadership. That he put a comfortable career on hold and put himself at great risk to serve his country merits our respect and thanks . . . But some of the positions he's staked seem simplistic and not terribly well thought-out. He says the entire Patriot Actshould be rejected—even those provisions that actually have enhanced Americans' civil liberties. He dismisses No Child Left Behindas "Orwellian." Hackett is also a critic of President Bush's tax cuts.
Ultimately, the paper did not endorse Hackett. "The 2nd District will get a capable representative no matter which candidate prevails Tuesday. But it should get more local bang for its electoral buck if it sends Jean Schmidt to Washington," wrote the editors.
General election results
Hackett ultimately lost by a narrow margin, only 3.27 percent, the best showing of any Democrat in the district since 1974. These were the final certified numbers as reported on the
Ohio Secretary of State's [http://www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/ElectionsVoter/results2005.aspx?Section=1036 website] .
Reaction to the results
Howard Wilkinson wrote in "
The Cincinnati Enquirer" the morning after the election "the fact that Paul Hackett made it a very close election is nothing short of astounding... com [ing] close to pulling off a monumental political upset." Hackett won in the eastern, rural counties of Pike, Scioto, Brown, and Adams, while Schmidt won in the populous western counties of Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren. " The Cincinnati Post" editorialized Hackett's success in the eastern counties was in part from "the increasingly desperate struggle in rural areas to provide enough decent jobs for those who want them."
Following the election, many Democrats hailed the election as showing the weakness of Ohio's Republican party, which has been in control of Ohio state government for a decade, and public unhappiness with President Bush's policies. Hamilton County Democratic chairman Timothy Burke was delighted. "Paul was very critical of this president in a district that Bush carried easily last November, yet she barely hung on to win. There's a clear signal in that," he told "The Cincinnati Post" on election night. The Clermont County Democratic chairman, Dave Lane, told the "
Dayton Daily News" "Here we are in the reddest of red districts and it was very, very close."
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committeeclaimed in a press release Hackett's strong showing meant trouble for Senator DeWine's re-election campaign in 2006, especially since his son R. Patrick DeWine had lost the Republican primary for the seat. "If Ohio is a bellwether state for next year's midterm elections, things don't look too good for the Republicans", claimed the DSCC. Republicans said the election meant nothing of the sort. "There is no correlation between what happens in a special election, where turnout is very low and you have circumstances that just aren't comparable to an election that happens on an Election Day in an election year," Brian Nick of the National Republican Senatorial Committeetold " The Cincinnati Post".
The Columbus Dispatch" referred to "the trauma of barely winning a Congressional district long dominated by Republicans" and quoted an anonymous source in the Republican party claiming "there is not a tougher environment in the country than Ohio right now. There is kind of a meltdown happening." Amy Walter of the "Cook Political Report" told the "Dispatch" "Ohio becomes the microcosm for the debate Democrats are trying to have nationally" and Democrats would argue in future campaigns "'See what happens when one party rules too long, see what happens with corruption and insider influence.'" Her boss, Charlie Cook, told " The Los Angeles Times" Hackett's "rubber stamp" charge had resonated with Ohio voters.
Peter W. Bronson, a conservative columnist for "The Cincinnati Enquirer", wrote "Hackett's surprising finish was less a repudiation of Bush than a repudiation of Ohio Governor
Bob Taft, whose name is now officially radioactive poison." Bronson admitted Hackett "ran a strong campaign" but said he did so well only because of "the ugly primary" on the Republican side, fears that Schmidt was "another Taft RINO" (i.e., " Republican In Name Only"), and apathy by Republican voters, not dissatisfaction with Bush or Republicans in general.
John Nichols of the "
Madison Capital Times" in Wisconsinsaw it differently. "The district had been so radically gerrymandered by Republican governors and legislators that it was all but unrecognizable that a Democrat could ever be competitive there" and Hackett, "a smart telegenic Iraq war veteran," had been "swift-boated" in the final days of the campaign by Republican operatives and "right-wing talk hosts" such as Rush Limbaugh. Mark Steyn, a conservative columnist who writes for " National Review" magazine, wrote in the " Irish Times" "Paul Hackett was like a fast-forward version of the John Kerrycampaign" who "artfully neglected to mention the candidate was a Democrat." Steyn claimed any Democratic efforts to present Hackett's run as a success for the party were absurd.
Hackett told "
The Cincinnati Post" he stood by his criticisms of George W. Bush::Meant it, said it, stand by it. I'd say it again. For every vote I may have lost because of it. I probably picked up one or two.
One voter turned off was veteran Arthur Smith of Loveland, whose letter to the editor in "The Cincinnati Enquirer" on August 5,, said Hackett:attempted to fool the voters by masking the stench of his liberalism, using President Bush and the uniform of the military as a deodorant... I voted for the tax-raising Schmidt but had to hold my nose to do it. I figured it was the lesser of the two evils.
Jerome Armstrongstated in [http://tompaine.com Tom Paine] that the returns tapped into the growing movement within the Democratic Party willing to take the Republicans head on about the direction of this nation.
Bill Clintonrecognized Hackett in a October 23, 2006 speech saying “I hope Paul Hackett sees that his courage to make people see the truth about our policy in Iraq, is now sweeping the nation.” [ [http://www.paintohioblue.com/index.php?page=blog&full=58 Home - Ohio Dems ] ]
Hackett on October 24, 2005, announced he would seek the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent
United States Senator Mike DeWineafter rejecting a second run against Schmidt. Sherrod Brown, a congressman from northern Ohio and two-term Ohio Secretary of State, had rejected efforts by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committeeto recruit him to the race in the summer of 2005 and had on August 17, publicly declared he would not run. But after Hackett's announcement, Brown changed his mind and declared he would run, angering Hackett who claimed Brown had promised him he would stay out of the race, a claim Brown denies.
On February 13, 2006, Hackett announced that he was withdrawing from the race and ending his political career. Hackett told the
New York Timesthat Senate Minority Leader Harry Reidand New YorkSenator Chuck Schumerrecently had asked him to withdraw. He further contends that Schumer sabotaged his fundraising efforts and actively worked against his campaign [http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/02/14/senate.hackett.ap/index.html] . Hackett said, "For me, this is a second betrayal...first, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me." [http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Hackett_statement_on_pullout_from_Ohio_0214.html] On March 14th, 2006, he appeared on an episode of The Daily Showon a segment which satirized the mainstream Democratic Party's criticism of Hackett [http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=124252&title=couldnt-hackett] .
One issue Hackett faced in his campaign is the status of his Marine Corps Reserve unit, which may deploy back to Iraq during the campaign. Hackett had said he expected to return to Iraq in 2006. [http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/elizabeth_auster/index.ssf?/base/opinion/1127554730276460.xml&coll=2]
Hackett later reconciled with Brown and backed his successful Senate campaign. [http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/08/22/paul-hackett-on-hardball-2/]
No rematch against Schmidt
Following the exit from the Senate race, Hackett declined to enter the race for the Democratic nomination in the 2nd Congressional District against
Jean Schmidt, because he promised the Democratic candidates in that race that he would not run. As a result a number of candidates threw their names into the race, and Hackett kept his promise. Therefore, on May 2,, Victoria Wulsin(who came second to Hackett in the 2005 Democratic primary to fill the vacancy caused by Portman's resignation) won the Democratic primary to challenge Schmidt. On May 8,, The Cincinnati Enquirer[http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060508/NEWS01/605080358/1056 speculated] on the possibility that Wulsin would drop out, and allow Hackett to run in her place. This scenario did not occur, so there was no rematch.
After withdrawing from the Senate race, Paul Hackett joined the Advisory Board of
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of AmericaPAC [http://www.iavapac.org/press/022006release.html] to support his fellow veterans running for Congress.
Hackett has also done some
talk radioby substituting for Jerry Springeron his Air America Radioshow Springer on the Radio[http://premium.airamericaradio.com/broadcast.php?bid=570] , as well as for Ed Schultzon his show. It is not known whether Hackett wishes to continue working in talk radio.
On May 30, 2006 Hackett filed a
class action lawsuitagainst the United States Department of Veterans Affairsover the compromise of personal information of 26.5 million veterans which may have fallen into the hands of a thief [http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060531/NEWS01/605310367/-1/CINCI] .
*In an August 30, 2006 appearance on
The O'Reilly Factor, Hackett called Dan Senor(whose mother, unbeknownst to Hackett, was a Holocaust survivorFact|date=April 2007) an "Unterführer for Propaganda". [http://www.crooksandliars.com/2006/08/31/paul-hackett-takes-on-the-right-wing-talking-points/] After the O'Reilly show, Hackett appeared on the conservative radio talk show, Mark Levin's talk radio, where Levin asked Hackett if he would like to apologize. Hackett declined, citing Rumsfeld's use of Nazi analogies earlier in the week, and Senor's role in the Bush administration effort to portray Bush critics as Nazi appeasers. [http://hotair.com/archives/2006/08/31/audio-unterfuhrer-round-two-levin-vs-hackett/] Senor's company "Senor Strategies" was hired as press and media consultant to a number of Republican candidates and conservative groups including "Vets For Freedom" to assist in pointing out alleged hypocrisies of some Iraq war critics.
Associated Press" reported that on 2006-11-19a car crashed into a fence at Hackett's Indian Hillhome. Hackett chased the car down in his truck, carrying an AR-15assault rifle, and upon finding the vehicle stopped in a driveway, he ordered the occupants of the car to lie face down on the ground. The driver of the car was charged with failure to maintain reasonable control, driving under suspensionand carrying a concealed weapon, a pair of brass knucklesfound in his pocket. [cite news
title = Former Democratic candidate Hackett investigated in armed pursuit
publisher = Columbus Dispatch
date = 2006-01-10
url = http://www.dispatch.com/news-story.php?story=238824
accessdate = 2006-01-10] Hackett told police "he had done this about 200 times in Iraq, but this time there was not a translation problem." A grand jury investigated the incident, and cleared Hackett of any charges. [cite news
title =Hackett Cleared in Gun Incident
publisher = The Cincinnati Enquirer
date = 2006-01-10
url = http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070120/NEWS01/701200351/1056/COL02]
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* [http://www.smartvoter.org/2005/06/14/oh/hm/congress.html League of Women Voters page on the Congressional race]
* [http://www.hackettlaw.com/ Hackett Law Offices]
* [http://mediamatters.org/issues_topics/search_results?qstring=Hackett Alleged attempts to "swiftboat" Hackett]
* [http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=124252 Daily Show feature on Hackett, March 2006]
* [http://www.draftpaulhackett.org/ Draft Paul Hackett Trust] - Draft PAC for 2008+
* [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-hackett/ Hackett's blog] at the
* [http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070110/NEWS01/701100339/-1/CINCI Hackett part of gun incident] - Police: Ex-candidate chased 3 after they crashed fence
*Jerome Armstrong. "More Hackett Jobs" "Tom Paine". August 3, 2005. (Armstrong argues that Hackett's success can be replicated) [http://www.tompaine.com/articles/20050803/more_hackett_jobs.php]
*Elizabeth Auster. "Attorney staying in race to replace DeWine in Senate." "The Plain Dealer". October 15, 2005. A6. (Hackett on
*"A bellwether again". (Editorial) "
The Cincinnati Post". 16A. (Hackett's success in rural areas)
*"Best Democrat in 2nd race is Paul Hackett". (Editorial) "
Dayton Daily News". June 3, 2005. A12. (Endorsement)
*Peter Bronson. "OK, Hackett's a veteran--and . . . ?" "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". August 4, 2005. C11. (Bronson on why Hackett did so well)
*Ronald Brownstein. "All political eyes again turn to Ohio". "
The Los Angeles Times". August 4, 2005. 8. (Charlie Cook's remark)
*Lawrence Budd. "Hackett hopes duty in Iraq gives him edge in contests: Democrat seeks seat that was held by Rob Portman". "
Dayton Daily News". July 25, 2005. B4. (Friend suggests he run)
*Lawrence Budd. "Schmidt prevails in race for 2nd District seat." "
Dayton Daily News". August 3, 2005. A4. (Dave Lane's comments)
*cite news|title=Choosing Portman's successor|author=Editorial staff|work=
The Cincinnati Post|publisher= E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-06-15|page=A14|url=http://news.cincypost.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050615/EDIT/506150323/1003 Calls for a good, clean campaign.
*cite news|author=Michael Collins|first=Michael|last=Collins|title=Dems: DeWine in trouble|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-08-06|page=A10|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10BDE8F671B20008&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420
*Lisa Cornwell. "Democrats See Opportunity With Hackett". "
The Cincinnati Post. " June 16, 2005. A20. (Why him and not Sanders)
*James Dao. "A Veteran of Iraq Running in Ohio Is Harsh On Bush". "
The New York Times". July 27, 2005. A1. (Hackett profiled)
*Brian Faler. "After Iraq, Marine Plans New Campaign". "
The Washington Post". July 21, 2005. A6. (Brief profile).
*Martin Gottlieb. "Hackett tests 2nd's Republicanism". "
Dayton Daily News". July 29, 2005. A10.
*Paul Hackett. "Hackett: No Rubber Stamp". "
The Cincinnati Post". July 23, 2005. A13. (States views in an opinion piece)
*"Hackett offers 2nd District fresher voice". (Editorial). "
Dayton Daily News". July 27, 2005. A8. (Endorsement of Hackett)
*cite news|author=Barry M. Horstman|first=Barry M|last=Horstman|title=County Democrats endorse Hackett|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-05-27|page=A4|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10A6CB166A802FF6&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420 Hamilton County Democratic party endorses Hackett over other primary candidates.
*cite news|author=Barry M. Horstman|first=Barry M|last=Horstman|title=Debate shows sharp divide|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps|date=2005-07-08|page=A12|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10B4A2B035F2AF28&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420 First debate at Chatfield College.
*cite news|author=Barry M. Horstman|first=Barry M|last=Horstman|title=Hackett on attack in race: He sets sights on Schmidt|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-06-24|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10B005630855F452&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420
*cite news|author=Barry M. Horstman|first=Barry M|last=Horstman|title=The Democrats|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-06-10|page=A1|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10AA75C317F5FC75&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420 Profile of race and the candidates.
*Barry M. Horstman. "A race of a different sort". "
The Cincinnati Post". July 30, 2005. A1. (Bennett's quote, Hackett approached at airport, Schmidt's condo money)
*Barry M. Horstman. "Schmidt wins in a squeaker." "
The Cincinnati Post". August 3, 2005. 1A.
*"Lawyer to Vie for 2nd District Seat". "
The Cincinnati Post. " May 9, 2005. A9. (Announces run)
*cite news|author=Molly Linn|first=Molly|last=Linn|title=Candidate puts focus on personal freedoms|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-06-23|page=A8|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10B93FDCC02C4020&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420 Hackett's views on abortion, gun control.
*cite news|author=Troy Lyle|first=Troy|last=Lyle|title=Hackett calls for an Ohio River cleanup|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-07-01|page=A10|url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10B1D76F44B68B00&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420 Environmental views of the candidates.
*Bill Nichols. "Democratic candidates tout Iraq war experience". "
USA Today". July 28, 2005. [http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-07-27-dems-iraq-vets_x.htm]
*John Nichols. "Ohio Vote Should Light Fire Under Dems." "
Madison Capital Times". (Madison, Wisconsin). August 4, 2005. 12A.
*"Paul L. Hackett III". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". June 8, 2005. C2. (Profile)
*Len Penix. "Council to vote on developer's plan." "
The Cincinnati Post. " October 16, 1997. 2. (Post office rezoning)
*Len Penix. "Milford OKs zone change in effort to keep post office". "
The Cincinnati Post. " November 27, 1997. 4.
*Len Penix. "Voters boot Milford council member from office". "
The Cincinnati Post. " May 3, 1995. A8. (Hackett elected)
*"Priciest Homes". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". February 6, 2000. C4. (Purchases home) [http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2000/02/06/fin_tristates_priciest.html]
*Jonathan Riskind. "Narrow Victory Underscores GOP's Rocky Road in Ohio". "
The Columbus Dispatch". August 7, 2005. 5B. (Amy Walter and anonymous quotes, "trauma")
*Malia Rulon. "Schmidt, Hackett don't see own wealth as issue". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 2, 2005. A1. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050702/NEWS01/507020387/1056/rss02]
Bill Schneider. "Netroots activism arrives". CNN.com. August 5, 2005. (Effort on the internet and blogs to promote his campaign and raise money) [http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/05/bloggers/index.html]
*"Schmidt for Congress: Republican offers better experience, fit for 2nd District." (Editorial). "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 31, 2005. E1. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050731/EDIT03/507310314]
*"2nd District Candidates". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". May 29, 2005. C2. (Profiles of all the candidates)
*Dan Sewell. "Iraq vet bids for Congress: Marine underdog in Ohio special election". "Journal-Gazette" (
Fort Wayne, Indiana). July 22, 2005. 10A.
*Jim Siegel. "Four Face Ethics Probe: Lawmakers didn't report football tickets, dinner from biotech firm, inspector says". "
The Columbus Dispatch". July 8, 2005. 1B. . [http://www.dispatch.com/topstory.php?story=dispatch/2005/07/08/20050708-B1-00.html]
*Bill Sloat and Stephen Koff. "Cleveland-born man vying to be first Iraq war vet in Congress". "The Plain Dealer". July 18, 2005. A1.
*cite news|title=A special election|author=Editorial staff|work=The Cincinnati Post|publisher=E. W. Scripps Company|date=2005-07-26|page=A12|quote=We endorse Hackett for the 2nd District seat. |url=http://docs.newsbank.com/openurl?ctx_ver=z39.88-2004&rft_id=info:sid/iw.newsbank.com:NewsBank:CNPB&rft_val_format=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:ctx&rft_dat=10B9EE4C09368928&svc_dat=InfoWeb:aggregated5&req_dat=0D0CB579A3BDA420
Mark Steyn. "Bush is running rings around Democrats, who get flabbier by the week." " Irish Times". August 8, 2005. 9.
*"Vacant Seat". "
The Cincinnati Post". September 17, 1998. 16A. (Hackett resigns from Milford council)
*Jessica Wehrman. "GOP winner Schmidt sticks to schedule: Outdistances high-profile foes in crowded field." "
Dayton Daily News. " June 16, 2005. B1. (Primary results, 57th most GOP district)
*Jessica Wehrman. "GOP's Schmidt has more cash than foe Hackett: Leads Democrat in 2nd District money race". "
Dayton Daily News". July 23, 2005. B4. (Finance reports filed with the FEC)
*Howard Wilkinson. "Anti-tax group, liberal PAC airing 'don't vote' message". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 29, 2005. B2. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050729/NEWS01/507290394/-1/all]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Boehner endorses McEwen in 2nd". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". June 8, 2005. C2. (Hackett's endorsements) [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050608/NEWS01/506080389/1056]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Debate shows differences". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 8, 2005. B1. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050708/NEWS01/507080390]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Dems hope new guy has better chance". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". May 26, 2005. C3. (Burke says Sanders can't win, Democrats to endorse Hackett) [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050526/NEWS01/505260340/-1/newselection]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Ex-Sen. Cleland lauds fellow veteran Hackett". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 22, 2005. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050722/NEWS01/507220378/1056]
*Howard Wilkinson. "FOP decries Hackett suit, endorses rival". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 28, 2005. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050728/NEWS01/507280350/-1/all]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Gun-toting Hackett still can't win NRA endorsement". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 13, 2005. C2. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050713/NEWS01/507130364/1056]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Hackett stepes up with ads, prominent campaigners". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 20, 2005. C2. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050720/NEWS01/507200331/1056]
*Howard Wilkinson and Malia Rulon. "Money pouring into race: National parties pay attention". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 29, 2005. B1. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050729/NEWS01/507290393/-1/all]
*Howard Wilkinson. "Sense of duty, purpose drive Hackett". "
The Cincinnati Enquirer". July 24, 2005. E1, E5. [http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050724/EDIT03/507240353/-1/all]
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