Kucinich announces retirement from Congress
May 16th, 2012
04:59 PM ET
11 years ago

Kucinich announces retirement from Congress

(CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich, the anti-war Ohio congressman, announced Wednesday that he will retire from the House at the end of his term, opting not to launch a bid for a house seat in Washington state after losing a primary for his own seat.

Kucinich's primary loss came in March, when he was defeated by fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur after the Republican-led state legislature combined their districts. He then explored a run in Washington.

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"At the end of this term I will have served sixteen years in the House of Representatives, leading the way for peace, to bring an end to the wars, for workers' rights, for health care for all, for monetary policy reform and to end the corrupting influence which money has on our political decision-making process," he said.

The Washington Democratic Party chairman, Dwight Pelz, told the Seattle Times that if Kucinich ran in his state, his legacy would be one of a "narcissist who lost two Congressional races in two states the same year."

Kucinich unsuccessfully sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008.

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Filed under: 2012 • Dennis Kucinich • Ohio • Washington State
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Well,we got rid of that DINO,who railed against the president on everything.It's about time for that senile acting extremist,send him home,he's not needed,we've got enough obstructionists in this years politics already..Let's start weedin them out,all of them,with us or against,its your choice!!!

    May 16, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. JerseyBill

    Will he go back to Mars?

    May 16, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. jerseylou

    Put a little hair under that nose,an bingo you got that fool from nazi germany.BTW thanks for leaving an enjoy your new gig at faux news.

    May 16, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I hate this idiot, a back-stabber of democratic party.

    May 16, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. chelsea

    Dennis K, honest, sincere, strong moral backbone, truthseeker, peacemaker, spiritually based values, a courageous man, insightful, fearless in the face of opposition, ... we will miss you. We only wish our efforts to have you serve at the highest levels of service for America and the people had been more successful. This would have been a different American and the people better served with you at the helm...

    May 16, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Steve

    Are you commentators trolling or just that stupid? Kucinich is one of the only true liberals in Congress and it will be quite a loss for progress when he retires.

    May 16, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Interesting fact that contradicts the GOBP cult's propaganda about "America is a center-right nation": Before the 2008 elections a random sample of voters were given a summary of each candidates policy positions without identifying the candidate. More people favored Kucinich's policies over anyone else's. More proof the 1% are running our corrupt system.

    May 16, 2012 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  8. Ken

    And a good riddance

    May 16, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  9. Ron in Ca.

    Yay! No more Dennis the Menance.

    May 16, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |