Dems seeking pro-gun candidates to face DeWine
A story in the Cincinnati Enquirer offers increasing indications that Democrats have in mind to run a pro-gun candidate against anti-gun Republican Senator Mike DeWine in 2006.
While one such potential rival, U.S. Rep Tim Ryan, announced that he has decided to seek a third term in Congress and will not oppose DeWine, Ryan says DeWine is vulnerable and suggested a fellow pro-gun Democrat: Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett.
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From the story:
- Hackett, an Indian Hill lawyer, lost the 2nd District race to Rep. Jean Schmidt last month by a surprisingly close margin - 48 percent to 52 percent - in a district that President Bush won by 64 percent last November.
"I believe Paul Hackett is one such individual who, should he decide to run, would serve Ohio well in the U.S. Senate," said Ryan.
What does Hackett say?
Hackett refused to return nearly a dozen phone calls from The Enquirer last week. That was after several guests at Schmidt's Sept. 6 swearing-in ceremony - U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, Ohio State Rep. Joe Uecker, and Miami Township Trustees Mary Wolf and Ed Humphrey - ran into Hackett on the same Delta flight from Cincinnati to Washington.
Hackett's spokesman, Jim Schulman, said Hackett didn't want to discuss his trip to Washington, where he met with top Democratic Party leaders about the Senate race.
The chances of voters being able to vote pro-gun on either side of the ticket are becoming increasingly likely. This news speaks volumes about the power of pro-gun grassroots advocacy.
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