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Dennis Kucinich staying put; top Republican ‘mourns’

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on Sep. 14, 2011 at 1:37 pm with No Comments »
September 14, 2011 1:44 pm
Kucinich speaks to a packed house at the Capitol Theater in Olympia Feb. 21. /STEVE BLOOM

It looks like U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich won’t be moving to Washington.

The Cleveland Democrat cheered his good fortune today after a Republican-drawn redistricting map of Ohio gave him a favorable district where he can run for re-election:

We have a district! The race is on! In a stunning development, the redistricting gave most of the Republican part of my old district to three incumbent Republican congressmen and left most of the Democratic part of my district intact.

As a result, about 57% of registered Democrats in the new district come from my old district. With your help I clearly have a good chance to be able to continue to serve the people of Ohio and to remain a strong and outspoken voice for jobs, peace, clean water and clean air, education and civil rights.

It’s a crying shame, says State GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur. He sent out a news release mocking Kucinich’s “general kookiness,” with a dig at Washington Democrats:

Kirby Wilbur Mourns the Loss of a Dennis Kucinich Spoiler

Bellevue, WA – After learning the unfortunate news that Representative Dennis Kucinich will not be running for a seat in Congress in Washington state, WSRP Chairman Kirby Wilbur released the following statement: “On behalf of the Republican Party here in Washington State, let me express our regrets and disappointment over Congressman Dennis Kucinich’s decision to stay in Ohio to run for re-election rather than move here. “We were so looking forward to him coming here. His radical left-wing beliefs and general kookiness fit in so well with the mainstream of the Washington State Democratic Party, it would have been a match made in heaven and an easy Republican victory. “We plan on winning a lot of races next year (especially after what happened in New York’s 9th Congressional District yesterday), but having Congressman Kucinich here and defeating him would have been the icing on the cake. We hope he reconsiders.”

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