Is Dennis Kucinich congressional district shopping?May 3rd, 2011 by Steven Gardner
Toward the end of Dennis Kucinich’s speech on Bainbridge Sunday, he told the audience, “I’m determined to continue my work in the U.S. Congress. I just don’t know what district I’ll be running in.”
At first it didn’t occur to me he might be thinking of moving from Ohio. Then I began to wonder, “Is he looking for a new district somewhere in the United States, anywhere in the United States? Then the wondering begins even further. Could Kucinich move to Washington and take over for U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee if he runs for governor?
No one shouted “Run here!” at least not loud enough for me to hear.
It’s nice to know I’m not the only one wondering, though, if Kucinich was out shopping for a congressional district. Joel Connelly at seattlep-i.com had the same thought. Connelly speculates more on Bellingham and Olympia, places that could be home to the next Washington congressional seat.
My thought is the odds would be long against Kucinich pulling it off in the First District, Inslee’s district. Inslee wins by big margins here, but I don’t think he is perceived as being as far to the left at Kucinich. I don’t know about Bellingham or Olympia, but Connelly expresses doubts about how those towns will fare in redistricting.
The one place I think Kucinich could have a good shot is in Seattle, but I haven’t heard any whispers of Jim McDermott’s retirement.