An AP story reports:
Iraq war veteran Paul Hackett, a Bush administration critic who had been recruited by top Democrats to run for U.S. Senate, said Tuesday he was reluctantly dropping his campaign and declared his political career over.
''My donor base and host base on both coasts was contacted by elected officials and asked to stop giving,'' Hackett told The Associated Press on Tuesday. ''The original promise to me from Schumer was that I would have no financial concerns. It went from that to Senator Schumer actually working against my ability to raise money.''
Schumer, a New York Democrat who heads the party's Senate campaign committee, was not immediately available for comment.
And from Reuters:
Hackett said he was under heavy party pressure to end his Senate race and clear the way for Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown to face vulnerable Republican incumbent Sen. Mike DeWine in November.
``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,'' Hackett said in a statement.
And from the NY Times:
"It boils down to who we think can pull the most votes in November against DeWine," said Chris Redfern, chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party. "And in Ohio, Brown's name is golden. It's just that simple."
And My View:
A mind-boggling f***-up by the Democratic party leadership. The primary campaign should have been left to the Democratic voters of Ohio. If Brown’s name really was “golden” he’d have won. But if Paul Hackett carried the day money would not have been a problem. I don’t really believe that Democratic money sources would have left him twisting in the breeze.
Bad smell here.