Dennis Kucinich’s flirtation with a congressional seat three time zones away has Democrats in Washington wondering whether the Ohio congressman is serious or just dangling another publicity stunt.
Campaigning for a seat in the Evergreen State next year while continuing to serve his constituents in Cleveland would be a stretch for any sitting member of Congress.
But the cable news-friendly, two-time presidential candidate has made a career out of unconventional moves. And his office’s statement touting “20 states, including Washington state” that have encouraged him to move and run has only heightened speculation about Kucinich’s next play. The Ohio district Kucinich has represented for eight terms is vulnerable to elimination under this year’s round of redistricting.
“As he has repeatedly said, he fully intends to remain in Congress; he just doesn’t know in what district he will run,” said Kucinich spokesman Nathan White.
Kucinich would not knock the possibility down to his hometown newspaper, telling the Cleveland Plain Dealer, I’m not going to discuss anything that’s speculative.”
But if Kucinich is laying the groundwork for a bid 2,400 miles away from his district, top Washington state Democrats are unaware of it.
State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz said he hasn’t heard directly from Kucinich or his allies, but noted the liberal hero’s penchant to seek headlines.
“This is the guy you all see at the State of the Union addresses. He’s always at the same spot, waiting for the president. Dennis Kucinich has a big ego, and he likes the spotlight. He’s been in the state twice and now he’s looking for a place to run for Congress? I would say it’s tremendously unusual,” Pelz said.
This past weekend, Kucinich held a fundraiser in Tacoma, made a stop in Bainbridge Island and led an immigration rally in Seattle, fueling reports he could be testing his appeal.
But Todd Iverson, a local progressive activist (READ: SOCIALIST) who has known Kucinich for almost a decade, told POLITICO that Kucinich only asked for help in putting together a fundraiser and never mentioned the prospect of running for a seat.
I apologize to any sane people in Washington State, but oh gawd, I hope he does. As a native Northeast Ohio resident, I am sick to death of this mealy-mouthed little leftwing troll, his treasonous activity and his bat-shit crazy behavior. He also wants to grant Constitutional rights to foreign Islamic terrorists, and he’s a Vice Chair of the Socialist Party Caucus.
Not every one in Washington is pleased with the prospect of Dennis the Menace taking up residence there. But with Seattle’s reputation as a bastion of leftwing politics, he’d fit right in. Rep. Jim McDermott, (D-WA) one of the infamous Baghdad Democrats, is on par with Dennis.
As mayor of Cleveland he was an embarrassment. As a Senator, he’s worse. I really hope he decides to become someone else’s problem child.
Kucinich Moving On Out from Ohio? (hotair.com)