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Kucinich Says Cleveland 'Corporate Interests' Behind Primary Challenge

Supporters of Dennis Kucinich take on monied interests. (Bloomberg News).

By Jonathan Weisman
As if presidential dark horse Dennis Kucinich didn't have enough problems with his White House run, now he appears to be panicking over the spirited primary challengers seeking his seat in the House. Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman and North Olmstead Mayor Thomas O'Grady kicked off primary challenges last month, amid rising complaints that Kucinich's quest for higher office and his crusades to impeach Vice President Cheney have left the people of his district neglected. But in Kucinich land, the political landscape is never so simple.

In an "urgent personal appeal" Wednesday to his campaign supporters sent out by e-mail and released on YouTube, Kucinich laid the blame for his political travails a the feet "corporate interests" -- particularly local Cleveland ones -- and described an urgent need for funds so he could run television ads.

"I want to thank you for your support of our efforts to end the war, to create a not-for-profit healthcare system and take America in a new direction, so that we can have a government we can truly call our own. In connection with that, as you know, I'm running for re-election to the United States Congress and I need your help to make sure that I stay in Congress," he wrote. "Right now I'm under attack by corporate interests, most of them from the city of Cleveland, who have an agenda that has nothing to do with the people of my community, nor with most people in this country. And so what I'm asking you to do is to help me stay in Congress, so that I can continue to represent the people of my community, the state of Ohio and the United States of America."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 23, 2008; 6:00 PM ET
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Will the beauty stay with him after he loses his seat and turns back into a toad?

Posted by: rakehell03 | January 24, 2008 5:45 PM | Report abuse

He's been shaping up as a primary target since the fall. No news here and refelective of how little traction he's gotten from the national media. Clevelanders (I'm a native) don't appreciate a showboat and Dennis has been just that.

Posted by: thebuckguy | January 24, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't have happened to a nicer leprecon -- I guess his magic pot of gold ran out -- did he check in his pockets?


Posted by: JakeD | January 23, 2008 10:39 PM | Report abuse

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