As you probably know, dwindling population in the last decade means that Ohio will lose two congressional seats. Redistricting rumors have the GOP eliminating Dennis! Kucinich's district. It's important to note that almost all of those rumors come from... yeah, Dennis! Kucinich.
But Dennis! isn't going down without a fight. He will find a district to lead, be it here, or perhaps in Washington state, or at your niece's tea table with her stuffed animals. Really. "I intend to stay in Congress. I just don't know where my district will be," he likes to say.
Washington will be earning an extra district later this year, and rumors have Dennis! possibly coveting the job, something he's done nothing to deny.
Let's head out west, where Dennis! visited Olympia and St. Martin's College last week.
First, the lede, via SeattlePI:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is a vegan, two-time Presidential candidate, and once saw a UFO at actress Shirley Maclaine’s place in Graham, and is spending lots of time out here.
Ah yes, you can imagine how those souls in Washington state feel about Dennis! All they know is that he ran for President, digs wheatgerm, sees aliens, and every once in awhile pops up on MSNBC waving a pint-sized copy of the Constitution threatening to have someone's head. They go on to recount his various lawsuits, his entreaties to impeach everyone, and his current wife. Washington must be begging for Dennis! by now. Anyway, we digress.
More important are two quotes that offer a glimpse into how other politicians view Dennis!' quest:
“I’ve heard he was shopping for a seat in Congress, but I assumed it was in Ohio,” Democratic State Chairman Dwight Pelz said on Monday.
“We assume he’s looking around, but it’s unusual for a guy to be camping out more than 1,000 miles away from the place he represents now,” said a senior aide in the Washington congressional delegation.
The PD reported today that Dennis! isn't really denying that he's actively searching high and low, east and west, for a home.
Kucinich's office won't deny those rumors. [snip] His spokesman says he "received requests from people in 20 states, including Washington state, encouraging him to move and run in their area."
"Congressman Kucinich appreciates the interest expressed in his public service," Kucinich spokesman Nathan White said in an email. "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."
That is, if he's not in California, or Hawaii, or Guam, or Oregon, or Colorado, or...