Rep. Dennis Kucinich Suffers Primary Defeat In Ohio...

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    I disagreed with most of what Dennis Kucinich stood for politically, but i always respected and admired the man. He was absolutely tenacious in fighting for what he believed in. He had real integrity, and that's a very rare quality in Government these days. His exit is a substantial loss for Congress.


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    Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), the two-time presidential candidate and icon of the antiwar left, suffered a bruising primary defeat Tuesday as a new Republican-drawn congressional map threatened to end the career of one of the most colorful figures in Congress.

    With most attention focused on the state’s GOP presidential primary battle, and no Democratic primary for president, Kucinich was left in a low-turnout race in a newly drawn district against his once-close ally, Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).

    With about 90 percent of the vote in, Kaptur led 60 to 36 percent.

    From his stint as Cleveland’s “Boy Mayor” in the late 1970s, including two debt defaults and the forced sale of the city’s electric plant, to his unsuccessful effort to impeach Vice President Richard B. Cheney in 2007, Kucinich has repeatedly thrust himself into the national spotlight. Often coming up on the short end of his fights, Kucinich, 65, never stopped swing*ing but usually did so in a friendly spirit.

    His defeat, according to lawmakers, was the latest development in a process that is making Congress a more sanitized, less colorful place. Some of the institution’s most original characters are either retiring or losing reelection battles, in part because their positions or personalities are so easy to caricature. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), for example, have announced their retirements.

    “The one thing that’s being tamped down here is, we’re losing characters. When I got here, you had Jim Traficant, you had Barney, and then Dennis came,” said Rep. Steven C. LaTourette (R-Ohio), a nine-term veteran, referring to Frank and former congressman James Traficant, who ended up in prison on corruption charges.

    “The place needs character, and characters.”

    What’s next for Kucinich is unclear. He has spoken of possibly moving to Washington state to run in a Democratic-leaning district. He would need to establish residency there by mid-April, but it’s not certain he could do that while remaining in Congress representing an Ohio district.

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    Nice statement from Ron Paul.
     
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    Yeah, Kucinich was an honorable man.
     
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    I'm as big a Ron Paul supporter as the next Paulbot but Kucinich can go take off on the spaceship he flew in on imo
     
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    He worked HARD for what he believed in.
     
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    I didn't support much of his Politics, but i had to admire his integrity & tenacity.
     

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