WASHINGTON – Democratic Rep. Norm Dicks received plenty of national attention on Friday when he announced that he will call it quits at the end of the year, ending a 36-year career in the U.S. House, but his retirement is particularly big news in Ohio.
On Tuesday, when GOP voters in Ohio will decide who to back for president in 2012, Democratic voters will decide a hotly-contested race in the state’s Ninth Congressional District, where two veterans of Congress are locked in a primary battle caused by redistricting.
Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo is facing Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Cleveland, thanks to newly drawn congressional districts.
With Dicks leaving, Kaptur, a member of Congress since 1983, is reminding voters that she could take his job as the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee. And she says that would only increase her influence and help constituents in her district.
Kucinich has fired back, saying she has used her position on the spending committee to support “war contractors.”
Here’s a full report in the Toledo Blade.