Today I am announcing that I am withdrawing from the race for United States Senate. 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.
Why does the Democratic Party leadership prefer Sherrod Brown over the now departed Hackett? Is it because they prefer Brown’s even more left-wing approach? Nope, that's probably not it. Less then a month ago, I easily predicted that “Paul Hackett has just committed political suicide.” The candidate unambiguously declared “ Republicans as having been “hijacked by the religious fanatics that, in my opinion, aren’t a whole lot different than Osama bin Laden and a lot of the other religious nuts around the world.” Hackett also described over sixty percent of Ohio’s voters as “un-American” for voting against gay marriage legislation.
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Paul Hackett destroyed himself. The Democratic Party had to get rid of him. Is it too late for them to save the day? Have the Republicans significantly increased their chances of retaining power in Ohio? We will see.