Kucinich worries his district will be eliminated
December 29th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich worries his district will be eliminated

(CNN) – The state of Ohio will lose two congressional seats thanks to the latest U.S. Census figures, and liberal stalwart Dennis Kucinich is worried his seat is on the chopping block.

In an e-mail to supporters Wednesday, the seven-term Democratic congressman and two-time presidential candidate says the Republican-controlled Ohio legislature is likely to eliminate his heavily Democratic Cleveland-area district.

But Kucinich says he’s not just going to stand by while that happens.

“I will not wait until a new Ohio map is produced to begin this crucial discussion of the consequences of congressional redistricting,” writes Kucinich. “I will not wait until the Ohio Legislature produces a new map to start thinking of the options. The question will not be: Who is my opponent? The question will be: Where is my district? Seriously.”

He’s also calling on supporters for ideas on how to proceed:

“We are going to have to prepare for a different kind of election, possibly in a different place because my district may be eliminated. We are going to have to organize in a different way, now. The question will remain: Where? This discussion is consequential. Please participate by providing your insight and advice.”

- CNN's Cody Combs contributed to this report

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    OH DARN!!! I thought he represented his mothership very well!!

    One of the greatest leftist looney tunes out there not being relected??!! There may just be hope for his state and this country if we keep this trend up...

    December 29, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  2. Craig Shearer

    He is worried because only liberal dummies vote for him. Their districts and population are shrinking, and he is soon to be gone. It is about time. This guy is a nitwit.

    December 29, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  3. aneanderthal

    He would be right up there on my list to eliminate. Right behind Pelosi, Frank, Waters and Hoyer.

    December 29, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  4. Rickster

    If there's a God in heaven, Kucinich's district will be eliminated and that lunatic will be returned to the asylum from which he escaped.

    December 29, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Look at what DeLay did in Texas, so look out Dennis.

    December 29, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. I voted for neither

    Census figures are based off of population trends. If people are moving out of his district/state, maybe it's a sign that his policies failed.

    There's liberal, and then there's just plain insane. Dude is nuts.

    December 29, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  7. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    In my sort of humble opinion, if the southwestern states were not allowed to count the undocumented immigrants (oops, sorry, I meant illegal aliens) residing in their states, they would not have achieved the growth to gain the seats that Ohio and others lost. In my way of thinking, those states should give back the seats that they illegally gained by allowing undocumented illegal aliens to reside there! That being said, bye-bye Dennis. You are the left wing version of Ron Paul. Frankly, I think the House would be better off if both of you were gone!

    December 29, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |

    The rust bucket democrats are slowly going the way of the dinosaurs.

    December 29, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  9. Marcus

    The 'Hahahahaha' comments from the GOPers are not funny (even for them) but they keep on coming...
    Fact – It's most likely that, due to a 'curious coinscidence', the members of the party that controls any State legislature will target a heavily pro-the-other-party district as the one that has to go (in the cases in which the State will lose one or more seats) or a heavily -pro-their-party district as the one that has to be fractioned in order to create another district (with the obvious intent of giving to them more chances to grab this new seat).
    It's been happening since forever, so Kucinich's worries are correct.
    So here's my question CNN:
    How many times in the past such a situation happened and the representative of the district that was supposed to disappear (thanks to his/her political adversaries desires) fought back and managed to keep his/her district (or seat) still afloat?

    December 29, 2010 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  10. D. Bunker

    Wow, you teatards are pretty bent. Kucinich was one of the few sane politicians from either party, much like Ron Paul on t he other side. Just because Kucinich was one of the few with the courage to point out the wealthy have declared a class war on the poor and middle class, and that Bush committed numerous impeachable offenses, hardly makes him a "nut." It's a sad commentary on today's politics that stating the obvious is all one has to do to be mocked and ostracized.

    December 29, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. Pat

    All the haters here who are glad Kucinich will lose his seat are cold-hearted jerks.

    Liberal or conservative, Dennis Kucinich is one of the few principled statesmen we have in congress. Same goes for Ron Paul who I don't agree with on everything but he's darn sure principled.

    I'll take a principled fighter like Kucinich or Paul over a partisan democrat or republican dittohead who only cares about their political future, money and pleasing their respective interest groups any day of the week.

    December 29, 2010 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Laura Leydes

    I really like Dennis Kucinich. I hope he isn't forced out.

    December 29, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  13. xactomundo

    I am one of the Dennis! constituents (Independent but vote more Democratic than anything else), and I have never voted for him. I want a representative that will serve our local interests and keep the national stage grandstanding to a minimum. It is disingenuous to suggest that his district will be "eliminated". If there is gerrymandering that splits our current district, it will still likely stay democratic, as most of the Cleveland metro area swings to the left. It may, however, leave his brand of politics too extreme for a more center-left electorate. I would like to see what the Republicans in Columbus propose before throwing my hands in the air...

    December 29, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  14. Rob

    To Joe from Connecticutt who felt that southern and southwestern states shouldn't be able to count illegal aliens in their census totals, it's a great point that democrats should've thought about in their caucuses when they were planning their 2010 Census strategies. It's still OK though. As soon as democrats decide to make securing the borders and deporting all illegals a top priority, those southern and southwestern state census counts will decline significantly when we next do the Census in 2021.

    December 29, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  15. vic nashville tn

    New Gov. John Kasich guest host in Fox news , MD of investment bank when its collapse he walk with $ 600,000 but state lost $ 480 Million pension fund with Lehman Brothers so what you expect from him

    Dennis Kucinich really sorry your state voted for John Kasich

    December 29, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Monster Zero

    Bye bye Dennis, and more importantly bye bye Nancy Pelosi. The Tea Party learned a very important lesson in November regarding presenting more properly vetted candidates, to those that think it is done...it has just started my friends. Two more years of a failing economy with 10 plus percent unemployment, 20 million unemployed, entitlement cuts, State and Federal job cuts, inflation....well, you do the math.

    December 29, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  17. srsnell

    While I think that we've recently seen that governing from the middle can really help get things accomplished, there is only a middle if there are ends or wings – both right and left. We need that dialogue in Congress in order to FIND the middle. Dennis has played a meaningful role and represents his district – whether the right wants to disenfranchise them or not.

    December 29, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Chabuka

    It's time for Dennis to run for the U.S. Senate any way....I believe there are enough progressives who would support that idea and him

    December 29, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |