Dennis Kucinich, currently a Democratic Representative from Ohio, is getting ready for his next congressional race — which may be in Washington state. In Ohio, as in other states, redistricting is occurring on the basis of the 2010 Census population figures. Ohio is going to lose two seats, and apparently one of the seats on the chopping blocks is Kucinich’s district. As a result, he’s looking for a new place to get elected, and liberal Washington, which is adding a seat, caught his eye.
Kucinich has always been unconventional, from his disastrous days as Cleveland’s “Boy Mayor” in the 1970s to his recent, ill-advised decision to sue the House cafeteria when he purportedly suffered dental damage biting into a veggie wrap at a House cafeteria and then to reach a hasty settlement when he was inundated by bad publicity. I suppose looking to run in another state is unusual, but in my view if Kucinich runs in Washington it actually exposes him as just another politician. He’s not really looking to fight for the people of Cleveland, which has been his pitch to date; instead, he just desperately wants to get elected again, even if it is in some faraway state to which he has no meaningful connection. Like many politicians, he’s convinced that it is crucial that his views are heard on the big stage in Washington, D.C.
It’s pathetic to see former crusaders like Kucinich exposed as office-hungry political hacks, but it is a familiar story. If Kucinich does seek election in Washington, it will be interesting to see how his tired act is received by voters in the Pacific Northwest.