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Super PAC Aimed at Booting Incumbents Backs…Seven-Term Congressman Dennis Kucinich



As mentioned in today's morning links, there is a pleasingly quirky Super PAC making waves this election cycle. The goal: Throw the bums out:

The Campaign for Primary Accountability, founded by the son of a Houston construction magnate, is targeting longtime incumbents in House districts that are otherwise safe for their party. Group leaders say these long-term lawmakers who face scant competition have created a "permanent political class" that has poisoned politics.

But apparently there's some wiggle room on just who counts as a bum.

Some of the most aggressive spending so far has been to back seven-term Ohio Democrat Rep. Dennis Kucinich. The longtime congressman (who has been in politics since being elected to Cleveland City Council at the age of 23) doesn't qualify as part of the permanent political class because he was running in a new district this cycle—his previous sinecure having disappeared thanks to redistricting. 

The big attack on Kucinich's opponent? She owns a "fancy condo in the D.C. suburbs":

Kucinich also has D.C. digs, of course. And here's what the press was saying about his future plans after a loss this week:

Kucinich said his main goal for the remainder of his term is to try to get adequate funding to complete the Innerbelt bridge project.

Some speculate he could move to the State of Washington and run for run of three open seats there without an incumbent. He would have to decide by May 18th whether to do that. And he would have to move from Cleveland to Washington to do that.

"I have a commitment to this community. That's why I ran," he said, stopping short of ruling it out.

A spokesman for the bum-tossing group with $1.9 million to burn told The Washington Post that they like Kucinich because he is "independent" and not "beholden to party leadership." If the motto of the group was "Keep Washington Weird," Kucinich would make a lot of sense as a poster boy. But pols who buck their parties can still be Washington insiders (see: Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)), and Kucinich is no exception.

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  1. A spokesman for the bum-tossing group with $1.9 million to burn told The Washington Post that they like Kucinich because he is “independent” and not “beholden to party leadership.”

    Damn, he votes with the dems 90% of the time, and that’s not beholden to party leadership? What must one have, 95%?

    1. SuperPAC should’ve just said “We’re giving money to Kucinich because we want to fuck his wife. And by we, I mean everyone.”

      At least it would’ve been honest.

    2. Well, he used to more back when he was pro-life. Then he wanted to start making quixotic runs at the Presidency, and Mother Jones wrote a nasty article about him being pro-life, and well, he flipped to being more doctrinaire.

      1. Mother Jones wrote a nasty article about him being pro-life,

        Mother Jones!

        Abandon all principle! Mother Jones is after me!

  2. SUPER PACS!!!11!

  3. Kucinich’s voice deserves to be heard just like ron paul’s.

    1. Then he can clamber up the tree and join the other Keebler Elves in making cookie commercials.

      1. now that u mention it, ron paul does look like an elf

    2. Which ignores the hypocrisy of an outfit opposed to incumbents backing Kucinich.

      1. I think that kucinich is kind of an outlier for them. The other candidates they are supporting are solidly non-incumbents.

        Eg, supposedly they’re supporting sheriff mack.

        It’s worthwhile to point out that if their philosophical goal is to take action against redistricting shenanigans done by the folks in power, which 90% of the time goes to making incumbents super-secure and 10% of the time goes to fucking against-the-grainers like RP or Kucinich, supporting someone like him makes sense.

  4. Has Reason done anything on Americans Elect? I’m curious if they will have any measurable effect on the race. My gut feeling is no.

  5. I love the “fancy condo in the DC suburbs.” $450k probably sounds like a ton of money to the folks in Cleveland, but it will buy you a sucky one bedroom in DC.

    1. I think you can buy all of Toledo for about tree-fitty.

    2. It’s worth it to live in such a wonderful city, though.

      1. Nicely done sir.

  6. For no good reason, here’s a picture of Elizabeth Kucinich sans Dennis.

    1. Shh! Save it for AM links.

    2. I was just gonna say that if I were Kucinich my future plans would pretty much involve spending more time with my smokin’ hot wife. But maybe she’s not as interested in those kind of plans.

      1. If you can’t find the time to boink your hot, tall, ginger, English, 34-year-old wife, your priorities are incredibly fucked up.

  7. None of which takes away from the fact that Marcy Kaptur is a pork-barrel protectionist who used to appear regularly on proto-Glenn Beck radio personality Chuck Harder’s “For the People” show back during Harder’s raging conspiracy-theorizing period in the early 1990s.

    1. I prefer Mitzi to Marcy.

  8. While Kucinich is an incumbent, so is Kaptur, who has been in office longer (she has 14 years on him as a representative). So in a redistricted situation, it’s not inconsistent for this super PAC to support the less-entrenched option.

  9. Two words: TERM LIMITS

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