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Monday, October 03, 2005

OH-Sen: Decision Consistency Agility

Posted by Bob Brigham

It is pretty common knowledge how the senate positioning unfolded in Ohio. Congressman Sherrod Brown had the pole position, but called no joy. Congressman Tim Ryan then pulled over and waived Hackett around. Now Hackett is putting the pieces in place -- as everyone knows -- to challenge embattled Republican Senator Mike DeWine in 2006.

I'm glad Hackett got a some family time. Major Hackett went from War straight into a sprint of a Special Election. Hackett campaigns hard, and he knows he's going to have to do it for a year.

And then? From today's (subscription only) Hotline:

Rep. Sherrod Brown (D-13) spokesperson Joanna Kuebler, on Brown's previous statement he would not run: "His statement has not changed at this time. However, Congressman Brown continues to be asked by state and national supporters to run for the United States Senate in Ohio. Personal and professional obligations have changed since his initial decision. He is consulting with supporters and his family about a possible run" (Hotline reporting, 10/3).

Made me think about the map of Hackett supporters.

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I would be happy with either Hackett or Brown. Maybe Brown now thinks he can pull a win off, and it looks like he has more support from Ohio Dem party officials. In any case, we should support whoever challenges DeWine. That alone should be our focus.

But goodness, somebody at the DSCC better get their act together -- looks a whole month or two of potential fundraising efforts has been wasted.

Posted by: purpleday [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 02:16 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Both would be good candidates. Sherrod Brown has statewide name recognition from his time as Ohio Secretary of State many years ago and his anti-CAFTA agenda will help him in Ohio. Hackett is a great candidate, but if Brown runs for Senate, then Hackett can challenge in OH-2 again. It is a win-win situation no matter what happens.

Posted by: Ian in DC [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 03:07 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment

Hackett's a bit of a gamble because his "Bush is worse than Hussein" comment would be played over and over again on TV ads that could "Swift Boat" him out of contention if he doesn't distance himself from those comments. On the other hand, he's a better candidate geographically in a statewide race as he'd be more likely to peel off Republican votes in the Cincinnati area where Brown would perform poorly. Where in Ohio did DeWine come from? That knowledge could be helpful in deciding whether Brown or Hackett is the better challenger.

Posted by: Mark [TypeKey Profile Page] at October 3, 2005 05:14 PM | Permalink | Edit Comment | Delete Comment