Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Paul Hackett Is Running for the Senate

Paul Hackett (shown here with a thermometer in Iraq) is running for the Senate. The Akron Beacon Journal has the story:
WASHINGTON - A Democrat who nearly pulled a stunning upset this summer in a heavily Republican House district has decided to challenge Ohio's senior U.S. senator next year.
Paul Hackett, an Iraq War veteran hailed by national Democrats for his showing in southern Ohio's 2nd District, will run against Sen. Mike DeWine, a Republican in his second six-year term.
Hackett met yesterday with Harry Reid and the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee. He has to be encouraged by a recent Zogby/WSJ poll that shows him up 8 percentage points against incumbent Mike DeWine. Rep. Sherrod Brown, who decided against a run for the Senate, is apparently reconsidering. (Memo to Brown: He who hesitates...) Hackett's official announcement is scheduled for October 24.
(Photo: hackettforcongress.com)


Blogger Jason said...

I think it is going to be a big year for Democrats. The Harriett Miers appointment might be the last straw for hard-core right wingers.

If Bush goes below 39% we probably will not see him flying into stump for DeWine, or any toss-up races for that matter.

Given the context, who does Tom Noyes favor to run against Castle? Markell, Peterson, Matt Denn, other ?

9:17 AM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

Jack Markell is up for reelection in '06. John Carney is focused on '08. Matt Denn is still new in his office.

Karen Peterson is not universally liked in the Party (particularly after threatening to primary a sitting governor) and thus would find raising money an uphill battle.

I'll have to ask around to see who else is being mentioned. There aren't a whole lot of folks who are anxious to see if they can crack 30% against Castle.

10:32 AM, October 04, 2005  
Blogger Jason said...

Donnelly had $0.00 to work with and he got 105,628 votes (30%). That was a campaign that did not even have a fax machine.

A state rep with some guts, campaign experience, and a bit of a home town base could get to 37% without breaking a sweat. They would pick up 3% just for being "feisty".

The Dems need a modern Tom Carper who can spot an opportunity and seize the day. I agree that Markell, and Carney probably do not have the stomach for it. Peterson would be great.

Castle's invincibility is a myth, especially this year with stem cells keeping the wingnuts at home and the
Delay/Frist/Bush team giving republicans a bad name.

My father is a classic ticket splitter who "liked" Castle. This time, he'll vote for whoever the Dems put up - just to vote against Bush one more time.

11:05 AM, October 04, 2005  

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