Dennis Kucinich falls in Ohio
The Congressional career of Dennis Kucinich came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night as he became one of the first victims of redistricting in 2012. With his district eliminated, he was forced to run against 15-term incumbent Representative Marcy Kaptur. Kucinich never had much of a chance, losing handily.
Kucinich has long been one of the most interesting members of the House, if only because he was someone who actually seemed to have principles. He was known for taking positions that often raised the ire of not only Republicans, but his fellow Democrats. And from a libertarian perspective, he was someone that could be both an fierce adversary, and a surprising ally.
Among the many issues that he and libertarians could find common ground on were the Iraq War, the War on Drugs, abolishing the death penalty, legalizing same-sex marriage, and repeal of the PATRIOT Act. But there were plenty of issues where he could not be further apart - single-payer healthcare, strengthening gun control, many environmental issues, and opposing reform of Social Security. On all these topics, though, he had defined positions and largely stuck to them.
So, I’ll miss Dennis Kucinich. I will especially miss his support for ending the War on Drugs and his work on civil liberties. It’s not often to find someone in Congress who seems to care more about principles that going along with his party. Even when I strongly disagreed with him, I respected him. Best of luck in future endeavors, Dennis.