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Kucinich Prepared To Battle For Seat

Friday, February 25, 2011 at 1:13 PM

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he is preparing to fight to maintain his position in Congress, but is remaining coy as to how he might do that. Ideastream's Rick Jackson reports.

Dennis Kucinich’s seat is widely considered a target for elimination in 2012 by state republicans, after census figures determined that Ohio will lose two congressional districts.

As the party in power, Republicans will redraw district boundaries in the next year. The current 10th district represented by Kucinich stretches across Cuyahoga County from Bay Village, through Cleveland and southeast to Oakwood.

That area could be carved up, and the resulting parts combined with adjacent districts. In that case, logic might suggest Kucinich, who has represented the 10th since 1997, would be pitted against Marcia Fudge in the 11th District; or Betty Sutton in the 13th.... with one of the three Democrats not returning to Washington.

But speaking with ideastream’s Dick Feagler, Kucinich says he won’t discuss running against another Democratic incumbent, and lashed out against state GOP leadership that he says wants him out.

REP. DENNIS KUCINICH:”I intend to stay in Congress. Obviously I’d rather represent the area I have right now, but it doesn’t appear that I’m gonna be given that choice. Then I’m gonna do everything I can to continue to remain in Congress, and I’m sure not gonna let a small number of interest groups in Columbus, Ohio, be able to take a pen and say; ‘Well, this is the end of Kucinich’s career‘.”

Kucinich pointed out that a candidate for congress need only live in Ohio, and NOT necessarily the district he represents.... but did not detail further strategies.
Rick Jackson, 90.3.

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