What I learned in the process is that, even though I’m a big Bruce Springsteen fan, I was not born to run. Serve yes, run for office no.
It’s too bad, too. The job of the DSCC and Schumer is to bring guys like Hackett into the process in such a way that they don’t come away with this feeling. Confirms what some staff have said about fundraising and what some Hackett detractors have argued about not being ready for prime time. I still put much of the blame on the Dem leadership and what Paul calls the Culture of Careerism:
In the end it wasn’t meant to be, and I was confronted with the clash between my culture of service, commitment and leadership, and the politicians’ culture of careerism.