Notoriously outspoken Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich may be forced to ditch Ohio and run elsewhere in order to secure a seat in the US House of Representatives.
After the 2010 Census, Ohio will be forced to eliminate two House seats after population shifts over the past decade. With Republicans in control of the State Legislature and the Governorship, Democrats like Kucinich fear they may be compelled to run against fellow Democratic members or in unfavorable territory in order to keep their jobs.
Kucinich has reportedly set his sights on Washington State, which has experienced a population increase over the last ten years and will pick up a new House seat. Washington’s political climate makes it prime real estate for Democrats like Kucinich. “As he has repeatedly said, he fully intends to remain in Congress; he just doesn’t know in what district he will run,” said Kucinich spokesman Nathan White.
Currently, Rep. Kucinich is widely known as one of the most far left congressmen in the House. However, until his failed bid for the Democratic nomination for president, Kucinich actually maintained a pro-life voting record. Kucinich supported key pro-life initiatives like the Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act, the Unborn Victims of Violence Act, the Mexico City Policy, banning abortion in military medical facilities and banning taxpayer funding for abortion in the District of Columbia.
By 2003, in anticipation of a run for the presidency, Kucinich changed his tune, voicing support for abortion-on-demand. “I support a woman’s right to freedom of choice. I do not believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned.”
Playing to the pro-abortion Democratic base, Kucinich pledged to primary state audiences, “as president, I would protect that right [to abortion], and I would also make sure that appointees to the Supreme Court protected that right.”
Betraying unborn children in hopes of advancing his political career, Kucinich disappointed pro-life advocates nationwide. His campaign for president failed to get off the ground and pro-abortion Senator John Kerry ultimately nabbed the Democratic nomination.
According to POLITICO, Washington State Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz has not heard directly from Kucinich regarding a run in the Evergreen State.
“This is the guy you all see at the State of the Union addresses. He’s always at the same spot, waiting for the president. Dennis Kucinich has a big ego, and he likes the spotlight. He’s been in the state twice and now he’s looking for a place to run for Congress? I would say it’s tremendously unusual,” Pelz said.