From The Desk of Paul Hackett…well, it wasn’t what I expected, but I finally saw evidence from the Hackett campaign that they did indeed get my “Blog For Real Reform” registration. It is a solid anti-Dewine message along with a fundraising plea. Building on the Murtha momentum, Paul’s letter is a call Dem supporters to help get a maximum amount of money in the coffers before the Dec. 31st FEC deadline.

Full text of the letter after the fold…

The Letter:

Dear Friend,

It was only a matter of time before the Republican attack machine turned its head our way.

Last month the Wall Street Journal released its latest “Zogby Battleground Poll” showing our campaign leading the incumbent Republican, Senator Mike DeWine, by 9.9%.

It wasn’t long before Senator DeWine was on the attack, writing supporters accusing me of, “being mad at the world – and hating President Bush.”

His attack is part of a pattern coming out of Washington, DC these days. Whenever anyone stands up against the Republican led culture of corruption and deception they become a target for right-wing attacks.

When Congressman Jack Murtha stood up and said enough is enough, its time to bring our troops home from Iraq, they called him a coward. This is a man who served 37 years in the Marine Corps receiving 2 purple hearts and a bronze star for valor on the battlefield.

Jack Murtha didn’t back down and I won’t either.

I opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning, but as a Marine I have a sense of responsibility and commitment to my brothers and sisters in the Corps. I volunteered to serve in Iraq. I know first hand the problems we face there and the reason we need to bring the war to a swift and secure resolution.

Regardless of how they come after me or how they try to frighten you, I will continue speaking out because it is the right thing to do.

Sen. DeWine’s attacks are just the beginning of what will likely be a well financed and bitter campaign to silence us.

I must have the resources necessary to respond to these baseless, negative attacks.

On December 31st all campaigns must report to the Federal Election Committee on the status of their campaign fundraising. Members of the media and political pundits in Washington will be watching to see how much money we raise. It is critical that we have a strong fund-raising report.

That is why I need your help.

My campaign must raise an additional $25,000 before the December 31st deadline so that we can respond to the attacks whenever they arise.

There is too much at stake in this election not to fight. Ohio’s working families deserve nothing less.

We need immediate change and we aren’t going to get it from the Republicans and special interests that control Washington. They must be confronted with our positive message of change.

If elected, I will be the only veteran of the Iraq war seated in the Senate bringing with me a voice that’s as unique as it is unwavering. We can finally have the debate that has been missing in Washington for far too long.

While Sen. DeWine and the Republicans in Washington have been working hard on behalf of the special interests, spending more time talking about Terri Schiavo, right-wing Supreme Court appointments and tax cuts for billionaires, we can force them to talk about what really matters to the people of Ohio and the nation as a whole.

Fiscal responsibility. Quality, affordable healthcare. Fair trade that keeps our jobs from being sent overseas. Secure pensions and Social Security. Limited government intervention into our personal lives. A strong national defense coupled with a forward looking foreign policy.

These are the issues the Senate should be tackling. These are the issues I’ll fight for as a United States Senator from Ohio.

Please consider making a generous contribution to my campaign for U.S. Senate today. Your donation of $25, $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can afford, will go a long way towards making sure our voice is heard.

Together we can defeat Sen. DeWine and the Republican attack machine.

I hope I can count on your support.


Paul Hackett

P.S. I need your help to show the strength of my campaign before the December 31st fundraising deadline.

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