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Ohio to Trade Kucinich to Washington for Draft Picks


Carpetbagging gets more and more fascinating as time goes by. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) worried early and loudly that he might be the loser in his home state’s redistricting as they eliminate one district. Looks like liberals in another state are . . . well, looking to recruit him!

As noted by Eli Sanders at the Stranger, there is talk among high-level political sources about why Kucinich, the fiery liberal-vegan-sometimes-presidential-candidate has been spending time recently in Washington state.

I thought this was nuts when I first heard about it today, but have since talked to a reputable source who says there may be something to the chatter.

A call to Kucinich’s office this afternoon did not put the rumor to rest.

Kucinich’s press secretary, Nathan White, sent along this statement:

“After people found out that Congressman Kucinich’s district could be eliminated or substantially altered in congressional redistricting by the Ohio Legislature’s Republican majority, Congressman Kucinich received requests from people in twenty states, including Washington State, encouraging him to move and run in their area. The Daily Show interview is instructive of this sentiment.

“Congressman Kucinich appreciates the interest expressed in his public service. As he has repeatedly said, he fully intends to remain in Congress; he just doesn’t know in what district he will run. In the meantime, he is devoted to serving Ohio’s 10th district as it currently stands.”

I understand all of that Pacific Northwest rain and cool temperatures are bad for olives, so Kucinich can feel safe.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich


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