Dennis Kucinich for Congress!

My favorite Democratic presidential nominee, Dennis Kucinich, may not have time to run for president in 2012.  I’m very sad about this.  Even though he is rumored to be losing his congressional seat in Ohio (which, in my opinion, would give him plenty of time to run for president), he will likely be too busy to run for president.

Dennis Kucinich

The Problem
The state of Ohio grew at a slower pace than the rest of the country in the last 10 years.  Last December, the U.S. Census Bureau released its reapportionment data (which I covered in a post earlier here on Brevis), which caused Ohio to lose two of its congressional seats (the only other state to lose two congressional seats?  New York).  As Ohio has begun its redistricting process, Rep. Kucinich has found that he has very few friends.  The legislature is controlled by Republicans.  The other Democrats in his congressional delegation aren’t stepping up to bat for him (they’re concerned with their own jobs).  And everyone else in the country thinks he’s a clown.

The Solution
Everyone except for the great people of Washington!  There have been rumors for weeks now that Rep. Kucinich may move to the state of Washington to run for Congress.  Washington is gaining a seat in Congress, which is perfect for Rep. Kucinich.  There are positive examples of other people in the past that have changed states to run for office.  The most famous recent successful example is Hillary Clinton, who moved from Arkansas/Washington DC to New York after her husband was president in order to run for the U.S. Senate seat in New York.  She won.  However, the only person that I could find that actually held office in two different states was Sam Houston, who represented Tennessee in the U.S. House from 1823-1827, was the governor of Tennessee from 1827-1829, then moved to Texas and represented that state in the U.S. Senate from 1847-1859, and then was the governor of Texas from 1859-1861.

Challenges
There are some complications with a Rep. Kucinich move to Washington to preserve his distinguished career.  There are those that are opposed to Rep. Kucinich running in Washington State (I, for one, think he adds a lot of entertainment value in Washington DC, and should continue to be involved in Congress, whether as a member or as an entertainment consultant).  The Seattle Times ran an editorial recently entitled, “Thanks, Dennis, but no.”  The Olympian says, “Kucinich may be liberal, but in Washington, he’s too green.”

There is a small residency issue, though Washington State has one of the least stringent residency requirements in the U.S.  Brian Zylstra, of the Washington Secretary of State’s office, says that requirements to run do not preclude a Kucinich candidacy.  “There is no time period component to the residency requirement with respect to being eligible for the office,” he told The Daily Caller.

Run, Dennis, run!

Question: Do you think that Dennis Kucinich should remain in Congress, if only for his entertainment value?