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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:06 PM

A note from Dennis Kucinich

I think this is quite touching, and reveals just what kind of person he is.

Dear Friend,

Thank you. Thank you for support throughout the primary election and the redistricting period which preceded it. Thanks to each and every one of you for your assistance in the campaign, your contributions, your endorsements, your volunteer work, your sacrifices, your advice, for strengthening not just our campaign, but for encouraging me personally. I would particularly like to thank those of you who contributed even though you are yourself experiencing hard times.

I went back to work in Congress the day after the primary, completed voting in Washington, DC and then Elizabeth and I took a week to rest, to reflect and to renew. I returned to Congress this week to continue my duties and to plan my work for the remainder of the term.

I could not let another day to go by without sharing with you my deep gratitude and my awareness of your role throughout my public service. I am especially grateful to the people of the greater Cleveland area who have been exceptionally supportive of me through the years. In this past primary election I achieved close to three out of every four votes from that part of my old district which was included in the new district. I am sure this was a resounding note of appreciation for the constituent service performed by my staff over the past sixteen years. I am also aware that I have I connected with the hearts of millions whose concerns transcend district lines.

It is important to put a political defeat into perspective, so may I share some thoughts? Since the March 6 Primary Election results, I have thought about others who have suffered real loss, people who have lost their homes, lost their jobs, lost their investments, lost their health care coverage, lost their educational opportunities, lost their retirement security, lost a loved one to the violence of war abroad or conflict domestically. Put alongside the struggle of so many people just to survive, the loss I experienced is much less consequential.

Redistricting? Political defeat? Indeed, but it is OK. I have not a shred of regret for the campaign we ran, a campaign of integrity standing up for progressive values and truth. I accept the outcome with equanimity but have concern for the direction of our Congress and our country. As for the methods used to win the election? Well, Spring has just begun. Life is bursting forth and cherry blossoms crown Washington, DC. Truth telling will have its season. Tomorrow's victories will be built from the embers of defeat. Of this I have no doubt.

How do I know this? I started my career in 1967 and since then, I have lost a total of eight times. Indeed, when I was elected to Congress in 1996, it was on my FIFTH try. When I was first sworn in January 3, 1997, it was the culmination of a campaign for Congress which started in December of 1971. Today I have had the honor of sixteen years of service in the United States House of Representatives. I tell you that our victory is inevitable. As it is for anyone who ceaselessly strives to make this a better world. This is not simply about elections. This is about how we stand up for humanity and our world by speaking and acting for the truth.

My education in losing and then winning has empowered me never to fear defeat, instead to cast votes and to take strong positions without regard as to how I may be affected politically. For me, truth is the highest consequence and I am committed to defend the cause of peace, economic and social justice. So, today I feel lighter, joyful, liberated by a familiar sense of onrushing possibilities as embodied in these lines from one of Elizabeth's and my favorite films, lines that Elizabeth spoke as vows to me when we married almost seven years ago:
"Knowing love, I will allow all things to come and go. To be as supple as the wind, and take everything that comes with great courage. My heart is as open as the sky. Life is right in any case."
With love and appreciation,


Dennis

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RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 OP
sabrina 1 Mar 2012 #1
ellisonz Mar 2012 #2
JNelson6563 Mar 2012 #3
Ikonoklast Mar 2012 #4
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #10
Ikonoklast Mar 2012 #12
roody Mar 2012 #17
Ikonoklast Mar 2012 #18
Hawkowl Mar 2012 #5
Ikonoklast Mar 2012 #6
RZM Mar 2012 #7
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #11
Ikonoklast Mar 2012 #13
Hawkowl Mar 2012 #20
politicasista Mar 2012 #22
WI_DEM Mar 2012 #8
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #9
great white snark Mar 2012 #14
RoccoR5955 Mar 2012 #16
SidDithers Mar 2012 #15
mvd Mar 2012 #19
irisblue Mar 2012 #21

Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 03:34 PM

1. A beautiful note from Dennis Kucinich.

I know he will be back. Meantime he deserves some time to spend with his family.

Thank you Dennis for all you have done for us.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 04:53 PM

2. K & R

Thank you for your service DK. Losing is no fun, but it can be as educational as winning

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 06:03 AM

3. A nice letter.

Is he supporting the Dem he lost the primary to yet?

Julie

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Response to JNelson6563 (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 11:23 PM

4. Haven't heard a peep out of him about asking his supporters to vote for Marcy Kaptur.

Not surprised, however.

When asked point-blank if he would endorse Kaptur in her race over Sam The Fake Plumber, Kucinich declined to do so.

What a guy.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:46 AM

10. Give it a rest already, will ya? n/t

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 11:00 AM

12. What part of that is not factual?

If the truth hurts, there isn't much I can do to help you on that score.

Dennis is now, and always has been since his day as a Cleveland city councilman, a political opportunist.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #4)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:23 PM

17. Who else are they going to vote for?

Duh.

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Response to roody (Reply #17)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:26 PM

18. Dennis could have done the classy thing and endorse Kaptur, but refused to do so.

Not surprising, he has a history of being petulant after a loss, he's just staying true to form.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 12:35 AM

5. If only Obama

 

If only Obama could demonstrate such character.

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Response to Hawkowl (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 03:00 AM

6. There's still time for Mr. Obama to ditch his wife and get married two more times, I guess.

If you want to talk about character, let's go there.

Dennis has a shitty side to him that those who aren't from around these parts never got to see, or steadfastly refuse to acknowledge.

He is not the person that you think he is, not by a long shot.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 03:55 AM

7. I have no strong feelings about Dennis Kucinich

 

But I have said before that the attacks on Republicans for multiple marriages and 'Stepford Wives' aren't about the marriages or the women. They are about the Republican men. Dissing Callista Gingrich is simply a rather callous way of saying 'I don't like Newt.' Because nobody really cares about Callista Gingrich. Yes, she has interesting hair and a rather odd smile. But Elizabeth Kucinich could also play Boudicca in a British miniseries about the Celts. And when she stands next to Dennis, it does look kind of funny.

I'm not saying the two men are the same either. As far as I know, Dennis has never cheated or left a wife with cancer, but he and Newt are only 3 years apart. Their current wives are 11 years apart. Newt was 22 when Callista was born. Dennis was 31 when Elizabeth was born. Dennis and Elizabeth are about two generations apart (he's a boomer, she's Generation Y). Newt and Callista are about one generation apart (almost-boomer and Generation X).

There's nothing wrong with inter-generational marriages. But if you're going to criticize one man for going for the younger, prettier woman, well, you know . . .

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #6)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:48 AM

11. I guess you should know.

When someone shows his or her bad side a lot of the time, he or she can more readily see it in others.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 11:03 AM

13. Ad hominems cannot change reality.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 01:36 PM

20. I don't care about his sex life

 

I didn't care about Clinton's or Poppy Bush's either. Professional ethics, and character in government is what I care about. I could care less if Obama screws everything that moves, as long as he drops his corporatist, anti-progressive bent.

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Response to Ikonoklast (Reply #6)

Thu Mar 29, 2012, 07:22 PM

22. Ouch! n/t

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Response to Hawkowl (Reply #5)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:44 AM

8. Obama has a lot of character--just as much as DK

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Response to WI_DEM (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 10:45 AM

9. I wish that was true. N/T

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Reply #9)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 12:42 PM

14. It is true. If DK had character he could win an election outside of Ohio.

Regardless I wish him well.

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Response to great white snark (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 04:17 PM

16. says you. n/t

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 09:30 PM

19. That is a heartfelt, beautiful letter. K&R

I hope he runs again in Washington State or somewhere else if that is what he decides. He'll always have my support.

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Response to RoccoR5955 (Original post)

Tue Mar 27, 2012, 03:23 PM

21. downstate ohio

i have admired rep kucinich from afar for several years. i am not in his district. i was very suprised when i heard him say on the bill press show in early march that he would not support marcy kaptur over joe-the-plumber. he was very very aware that the local ohio rep party districted him out, and he didn't out work rep kaptur, he did not impress his constituents enough to get them to chose him over her. i do now think less of him for not supporting a very qualified democratic over an under prepped republican.

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