Jim Trakas is hoping West Side voters may actually support a Republican
The battle for Dennis Kucinich’s congressional seat in 2008 is so hot it could toast a Pop-Tart. Since the West Side congressman decided three years ago that it would be way more fun to represent Hawaii and California – “Bill it to that old lady on East 55th Street!” -- there’s been an upsurge of resentment against the little guy. Four Democrats have already hopped into the race, led by downtown Councilman Joe Cimperman.
Now the GOP has announced its long-shot pony, former state Rep. Jim Trakas. He may be one of the brighter minds in local politics, but to West Side voters, supporting a Republican is like French-kissing your elderly aunt. A Plain Dealer
scribe referred to Trakas as his party’s “sacrificial lamb.”
C-Notes was intrigued, so we decided to get the scoop straight from the ewe’s mouth: Was Trakas in the race just so the GOP could say it tried, or did he really think he had a chance? And how many times did he watch Rocky III
the night before his announcement?
We reached Trakas on the side of a road, where his car had run out of gas. If we were clever, we’d snootily note that it was an apt metaphor for his campaign. But we’re not – I mean, that’s gotta be obvious, isn’t it? -- so we’ll just transcribe the interview:
Are you the GOP’s sacrificial lamb?
(chuckling) I’m Greek, so people call me a lamb a lot. What brought me into the race was people telling me, ‘We like you and we just don’t think Kucinich is getting the job done.’
So you’re not, you know, taking one for the team on this one?
If I didn’t think it was doable, I wouldn’t be in the race.
What would you say are your odds of winning this?
I’m not a gambling man, so I won’t make odds on myself. I understand the needs of the people, and I hope that 50 percent plus one of the voters agree with me.
Seriously, you’re jumping in front of a speeding bullet on this one, right?
Sticking out your shoulder as the pitch comes in?
Pushing the baby carriage off the tracks, but then your pant leg gets stuck as the train approaches?
-- Gus Garcia-Roberts