How to: Respond to GOP cowardice

"Paul Hackett, a Marine reservist, is running in a special election in Ohio's 2nd District. Now, his opponent, faced with a scandal of her own and Hackett raising over $100K in a day from online contributions, is questioning his service as a Civil Affairs officer in Fallujah," writes Steve Gilliard.

Gilliard posts the Hackett campaign's response to those questions (directed at the fact that he's a "non-combat officer" and therefore, what, a coward? 2008 presidential candidates take note of the muscular tone):

"Let's get down to brass tacks: [opposing campaign adviser] Mr. Minamyer's attacks on Paul Hackett's service to our country are nothing more than disgusting partisan attempt to score points against someone who risked his life to follow the orders of our President. Emphasis on OUR President Mr. Minamyer. This site for one would advise the Schmidt campaign to tighten the leash of their advisor Eric Minamyer. He's not doing her campaign any good by peddling this swill.
"As for you, Mr. Minamyer: if you have any questions for Paul Hackett about his service, I suggest that you ask him to his face. He's easy enough to find these days."
(Steve Gilliard)

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