Dennis Kucinich, the diminutive left-wing Congressman from Ohio, went down to defeat tonight in the Democratic primary in Ohio. Redistricting had brought him into conflict with Marcy Kaptur, a popular Congresswoman.
Paul Kane from The Washington Post has the report:
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 colourful 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).
Kucinich has had a colourful career. He was one of the youngest metropolitan mayors in the country when he governed Cleveland in the 1970s. He also came to Congress not only as a peacenik, but as a pro-lifer. But gradually his politics on abortion went left, to match his other politics. In his two runs for president, he was the most thorough-going anti-war candidate on the left, and he even proposed creating a federal “Department of Peace.”
But Kaptur hammered him for being disconnected from the needs of his district, while he pursued his more Utopian visions.
Kucinich is reportedly considering a move to the Pacific northwest, to revive his political career.
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