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Kucinich Loses, ‘Joe The Plumber’ Wins

From a heart-broken Reuters:

Liberal Congressman Kucinich defeated in Ohio

March 7, 2012

CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Dennis Kucinich, a liberal gadfly in Congress who tried to have former President George W. Bush impeached over the Iraq war, was defeated by a fellow Democratic incumbent on Tuesday in the first of 11 primary races this year pitting members of the House against each other.

Kucinich, 65, lost to Marcy Kaptur, the longest serving woman in Congress, who touted her influence as a senior member of the powerful committee that decides on government spending…

Kaptur and Kucinich, once friends representing neighboring northern Ohio districts, found themselves competing for the same job when Ohio lost two Congressional seats after the 2010 U.S. Census.

The reshuffling of Ohio voting boundaries by the Republican-dominated state legislature created an oddly-shaped district that stretches along the Lake Erie shore from Toledo to just east of Cleveland, forcing a primary race between the two

Oh, those gerrymandering Republicans.

Facing Kaptur in November could be Republican Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as "Joe the Plumber", who gained national attention in the 2008 presidential race by pressing then-candidate Barack Obama on tax policy. He was in a tight race with Steven Kraus for the Republican nomination late on Tuesday

According to the Toledo Blade, Mr. Wurzelbacher has won. Maybe Reuters just could not bring themselves to admit it.

Kucinich is considered one of the most liberal members of the House. At 23, he was elected to the Cleveland City Council and was the city’s "boy mayor" from 1977 to 1979. He has served in Congress since 1997, and ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2004 and 2008.

Kucinich opposed the Iraq war — so much so that in 2008 he introduced articles of impeachment against Bush alleging misconduct and forced an impeachment vote on the House floor. The measure failed.

Kucinich also advocated ending the war on drugs, and faced criticism when he said he considered running for Congress in Washington state if redistricting left him without a district…

Well, Kucinich could still be the next Ron Paul. Except Ron Paul still has that job.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 7th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Kucinich Loses, ‘Joe The Plumber’ Wins”

  1. BannedbytheTaliban says:

    You have to feel kind of bad for Dennis. Those space aliens have been out to get him for a long time.

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