New battle for Iraq veteran

Just so we have this clear. Here's Paul Hackett, the Democratic candidate in the Second Congressional District of Ohio:


Mr. Hackett, the son of a traveling salesman, joined the Marine Corps in college and was honorably discharged in 1999. He joined again in 2004, commanding a civil affairs unit in Ramadi and Falluja. A lean 6-foot-4, he is garrulous, profane and quick with a barbed retort or a mischievous joke. He and his wife, Suzi, have three children, ages 8, 4 and 1. If he loses the race, he says, he will probably return to Iraq next year. LINK
Here's what we know about his Republican opponent Jean Schmidt:
Ms. Schmidt is the daughter of a well-known local banker who owned Indianapolis race car teams on the side. Small, wiry and intense, she exudes seriousness and is given to long pauses before answering questions. She is married to an investment counselor, Peter, and they have a 27-year-old daughter.
And yet the GOP is poised to swift-boat Hackett's candidacy out of the water. The Swing State Project has assembled a list of Republican dirty tricks being employed to smear the Iraq veteran. The storyline: He's not a real hero but a political opportunist who went to Iraq as a first step toward a career in politics. Sound familiar?

You can contribute to Hackett's campaign here. The Swing State Project also has links here that offer contact info for all the media outlets in the area. Since so much of the smear campaign is being conducted over the air waves, calling in may be every bit as important as writing that check.

[Via Eschaton]

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