Paul Hackett Backs Sherrod Brown's Senate Run

| Mon Jul. 10, 2006 8:24 PM EDT

As conversion experiences go, it's a bit on the homely side, but Paul Hackett says he's had a change of heart. Reports AP:

Hackett, an Iraq war veteran, said his fight with Rep. Sherrod Brown is over, and the two rallied in Cincinnati on Monday to show their unity. Hackett blamed himself for fomenting discord within the party, saying he suddenly realized last Thursday that he was unnecessarily hurting them both by sulking over the way his primary challenge ended.

"I was cutting my grass and said to myself ... it's totally unproductive for me to be largely responsible for this antagonistic relationship between me and Sherrod," Hackett told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Hackett's about-face in supporting Brown was significant. A month ago, he told the AP that Brown was "puking out the same old garbage" and not inspiring swing voters.

Last October, Brown entered the Senate race a few days after Hackett and immediately had the support of key Senate Democrats such as Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and New York Sen. Charles Schumer, the chairman of the party's Senate campaign committee.

See these links for more on Hackett's political rise and (Democrat-engineered) fall.


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Perhaps Zidane should go cut his grass...

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