Kucinich, Facing Loss of Congressional District, Rules Out Presidential Bid

by
Craig Brown

Washington's The Hill is reporting:

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) suggested Tuesday that he would fight to remain in Congress even if the 2010 census leads to the elimination of his district.

Dennis Kucinich"It really comes down to a pretty hard and fast political equation," Kucinich told Fox News. "My district could be absorbed into many other districts. It could literally disappear, or I could end up with a new district with a core of my district intact.

"When I see the map," he said, "I'll be able to tell you exactly what my next move is and where I'll be running."

Ohio is poised to lose two of its 18 congressional districts based on the census figures - part of a larger trend in which blue-ish states in the Northeast lost seats to redder states in the South and the West. Ohio's population grew by nearly 200,000 people over the last decade, but other states grew at a faster clip.

Republicans next year will control the Ohio House, the state Senate and the governor's mansion, meaning the redistricting lines will be drawn to favor GOP candidates.

Kucinich, just elected to his eighth term, said he has no problem with the process.

"The Republicans won control of the Ohio Legislature; they'll have the pen. They have the right to be able to draw the districts wherever they want," he said. "I don't have any control over it. ... You don't really worry about the things you don't control."

Ohio lost two congressional seats following the 1990 census, and another based on the 2000 figures.

Kucinich also ruled out the possibility that he would challenge President Obama from the left in the 2012 presidential race. Asked if he is weighing such a move, the Cleveland liberal said simply, "No."

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