Dennis Kucinich Plays Carpetbagger
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is heading back to Washington state next month, stoking speculation he might be considering a comeback bid on the West Coast.
But this may not be just any cross-country speaking trip. Last year, Kucinich flirted with running for a new House seat in the Evergreen State before seeking re-election in a redrawn Ohio district against his longtime colleague, Rep. Marcy Kaptur.
Kaptur walloped Kucinich by a 14-point margin in the Democratic primary earlier this month. But since his defeat, the 65-year-old hasn’t exactly ruled out another run somewhere, at some point in time.
“I have not made any plans, and I’m grateful to those who phoned in from Washington state or sent messages indicating an interest,” the former Cleveland mayor told the Progressive Radio Network. “I’ll find a way back in to public service, there’s no doubt about that. The only question is where and when.”
Washington state’s election rules would make it easy for Kucinich to run there if he’s so inspired. The state’s filing deadline is May 18, and a candidate must only register to vote in the state before that date, according to David Ammons, a spokesman for the Washington Secretary of State’s office.