One of the most outspoken and quirky Democratic members of Congress will step aside at the end of his term in January, according to reports.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) will leave the House for greener pastures. After serving for 16 years and representing part of the Cleveland area, he became a “victim” of redistricting from state legislators. The process cut him out of his district in the March primary when he was forced to run against Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and lost.
The two incumbents’ districts were merged by state Republicans (probably on purpose) and the race found them pitted against each other. Kaptur’s district covers some of the Toledo area and parts of northern Ohio heading east to Cleveland.
After his primary loss, Kucinich had considered running from Washington state. But, that never materialized. Running for Congress from Washington made little sense to me anyway. But, who am I?
Kucinich has been mayor of Cleveland in addition to a Congressman. He also ran as a Democratic candidate for president in 2004 and 2008.
No word yet on Kucinich’s post-Congressional plans.