Queer Conservative

February 19, 2006

Backbiting, Infighting, and Political Fratricide

Filed under: Democrats, Politics — queerconservative @ 3:14 am
Economic sabotage, whisper campaigns, and threats: How the Democrats took Paul Hackett out.
Democratic Senate candidate and Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett is accustomed to waging quixotic battles and taking his hits. He just didn’t expect the lowest—and fatal—blows to come from his own party.
In an announcement that stunned many in Washington and even some in his campaign staff, Hackett declared on February 13, 2006, that he was dropping his bid for U.S. Senate in Ohio, ending his 11 month political career. “I made this decision reluctantly, only after repeated requests by party leaders, as well as behind-the-scenes machinations, that were intended to hurt my campaign,” he said, only hinting at what had gone down. The day after his withdrawal from the race, he told me about the backroom battles that forced him out.

Will Rogers was a wise man when he said: “I am not a member of any organized party — I am a Democrat.”

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