February 20, 2006


Hackett's research targeted Brown: Votes to cut funding for intelligence cited (JIM TANKERSLEY, 2/20/05, Toledo BLADE)

Congressman and U.S. Senate candidate Sherrod Brown voted to cut intelligence funding more than a dozen times before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a record that Paul Hackett's campaign advisers called proof that Mr. Brown could not win in November.

A consultant hired by Mr. Hackett, Mr. Brown's onetime Democratic opponent for Senate, estimated the funding cuts would have totaled billions of dollars if enacted. None were. The consultant called Mr. Brown's votes on those proposals and a dozen more recent national security issues "toxic in today's political environment," according to campaign research documents obtained by The Blade.

Mr. Hackett quit the race last week, leaving Mr. Brown as the near-certain Democratic nominee against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike DeWine. But not before his campaign paid more than $5,000 to comb Mr. Brown's background for political weakness.

The research concluded it was unwise to attack Mr. Brown's career voting record in a Democratic primary, because he toed the party line faithfully. It also predicts Republican attacks on Mr. Brown this fall.

Gosh, that Hackett guy seemed like the type to just go quietly....

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 20, 2006 5:08 PM

Now how could the Democratic Party have realized that a veteran might have a combative personality?

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 20, 2006 7:19 PM

It's nice when the opposition does the research for you. If it only took $5000 to come up with this, imagine what else there may be.

Posted by: jd watson [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2006 7:38 PM

Yeah, he'll go quietly - into Ft. Marcy Park, or its equivalent in Ohio.

Posted by: obc at February 20, 2006 8:38 PM

Now we see why Brown was so keen to torpedo Hackett, 10-to-1 fundraising advantage or no 10-to-1 fundraising advantage.

Posted by: Mike Morley at February 20, 2006 10:15 PM

His research, Howie's research against Reid, who's next?

Posted by: Sandy P at February 20, 2006 11:40 PM
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