Urbin Report

Sunday, February 26, 2006

U.S. Marine Ambushed!

Ambushed by none other than the DNC. Before you start on how this is another Right Wing attack job, take a look at the source article. Mother Jones News, an independent and extremely Left Wing publication.

Marine Corps Major Paul Hackett wanted to run for the US Senate as a democrat in Ohio. The problem was that the DNC wants seven-term Akron Democrat Rep. Sherrod Brown to run against the incumbent Republican Senator. According the Mother Jones News, weapons used to take Hackett out of the primary race "included economic sabotage, whisper campaigns, and threats."
Here are some highlights from the article:

Hackett, an Iraq War combat veteran, was hailed last summer as just the kind of “fighting Democrat” the party needed to reinvigorate its base and end its years in the congressional wilderness.
A whisper campaign started: Hackett committed war crimes in Iraq—and there were photos. “The first rumor that I heard was probably a month and a half ago,” Dave Lane, chair of the Clermont County Democratic Party, told me the day after Hackett pulled out of the race. “I heard it more than once that someone was distributing photos of Paul in Iraq with Iraqi war casualties with captions or suggestions that Paul had committed some sort of atrocities.
In late November, Hackett got a call from Sen. Harry Reid. “I hear there’s a photo of you mistreating bodies in Iraq. Is it true?” demanded the Senate minority leader.
Sen. Schumer was also reported to be trying to turn off Hackett’s cash spigots. No one would confirm this to me on the record. But veteran political activist David Mixner, who described himself as “a fanatically strong supporter” of Hackett and who helped sponsor a New York fundraiser, confirmed that he “received calls from a couple people in Congress urging Paul Hackett to withdraw or not to contribute money to his campaign.
Hackett was infuriated by the subterfuge. “I felt like I got fucked by the Democratic Party because they enticed me in and then they pulled the rug out from beneath me."