Kucinich Runs for His (Political) Life
4:27 PM, May 23, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
Ohio's congressional delegation is shrinking; Washington state's is growing. So with the prospect of losing his congressional seat to redistricting, Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich is exploring a House run in Washington, far away from Cleveland, the city he was once the mayor of. “My district appears to be on the block, so I am looking at options, and I am not limiting those options to Ohio,” Kucinich told the New York Times.
The truth is, Kucinich, a Democrat, only won his district (Ohio's 10) with 52.8 percent of the vote last year. That's a victory, but for a veteran politician, it's a bit too close for comfort. (There was a time during the election when it looked like his lesser-known opponent Peter Corrigan could pull an upset.)
The Seattle area is a natural fit, Kucinich seems to think. "Mr. Kucinich figures his aggressive brand of antiwar, pro-working class politics could sell well in a solidly blue state where he has ideological allies and was popular during his unsuccessful White House bids in 2004 and 2008," the Times reports. "It is a somewhat novel idea that could be summed up as: Have seniority, will travel."
Politics, they say, is local. Which I guess would explain why Kucinich is 2,000 miles from his district, determining whether he'll try to be the next representative of some congressional district that might be inclined to elect him.