If you think the national Democratic Party’s dysfunctional…

You should take a gander at the Ohio Democratic Party…

Paul Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and popular Democratic candidate in Ohio’s closely watched Senate contest, said Monday that he was dropping out of the race and leaving politics altogether as a result of pressure from party leaders.

“This is an extremely disappointing decision that I feel has been forced on me,” said Hackett, whose announcement comes two days before the state’s filing deadline for candidates. He said he was outraged to learn that party leaders were calling his donors and asking them to stop giving and said he would not enter the 2nd District congressional race.
“For me, this is a second betrayal,” Hackett, 43, said. “First, my government misused and mismanaged the military in Iraq, and now my own party is afraid to support candidates like me.”

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