Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dennis Kucinich vs Marcy Kaptur


Ohio's radical right Republican state legislature just gerrymandered that state's congressional districts. One of the effects was to push Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur into one district. Both are basically progressives-- and both are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. But there are differences. The election is in 12 days. Last night Kucinich sent out a list of reasons why he's the better choice:

Marcy Kaptur voted to fund Bush’s wars. Dennis did not.

Marcy Kaptur voted for the Patriot Act. Dennis did not.

Marcy Kaptur supports the Keystone pipeline. Dennis does not.

Dennis has worked relentlessly for nuclear safety at Davis-Besse. Marcy Kaptur has not.

Dennis supported the Dream Act. Marcy Kaptur opposed it.

Dennis supports Marriage Equality. Marcy Kaptur opposes it.

Dennis fully supports Choice. Marcy Kaptur opposes it.

Democrats are loathe to get involved in this kind of a fratricidal fight. Blue America doesn't endorse in primaries unless there is one really bad Democrat-- like, say Tim Holden (Blue Dog-PA)-- running against one really good Democrat-- like Matt Cartwright. This northeast Ohio race was one we were never going to jump in as a PAC. I will say, however, that for all her economic populism, Kaptur doesn't measure up to Kucinich, one of Congress' most outstanding Members. Alan Grayson has been campaigning for him-- and raised $50,000 for his race. [UPDATE: A Kucinich supporter informed me that Grayson has raised another $100,000 for Dennis since that original push!] “Congress is full of replaceable parts," Grayson explained. "But Dennis Kucinich is not one of them. Dennis is unique.” And on his Facebook page Tuesday Grayson explained why he had maxed out personally to the Kucinich reelection campaign:
Two weeks from today, the remarkable 43-year political career of Congressman Dennis Kucinich will either continue, or it will end. I want it to continue. So I’m maxing out to Dennis Kucinich’s campaign.
The Federal Election Campaign Act permits me to contribute $2,500 toward Dennis’s March 6 primary. That’s what I’m doing. Today.
I’m doing it for all of us – everyone with a head, a heart and a spine. Every good progressive who will benefit if Dennis Kucinich remains in Congress.
I’m doing it for Dennis, because he’s my friend.
And I’m doing it for myself. Because:
(1) If I’m elected to Congress again this year, all of us will get more good things done – myself included – if Dennis is there to energize and galvanize the Democrats in the House. And . . .
(2) When I wake up on the morning of March 7, the day after Dennis’s primary, I don’t want any regrets. No “if only I had . . . .”s. Whether Dennis wins or he loses, I want to feel that I did everything that I could to help him.
Maybe you do, too.

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At 1:30 AM, Blogger John said...

So one is forced to ask the obvious: How, exactly, did Ms Kaptur get her "progressive" reputation?

At 8:25 AM, Blogger kestrel9000 said...

Actually, the obvious question is, is every assertion in this post the truth?
I rather doubt it.

At 8:32 AM, Blogger kestrel9000 said...

Marcy Kaptur's voting record on choice shows this to be at best, a half truth:

Against same sex marriage? A less than half truth:
Other than voting for DOMA, since that time we see from this her record has been fairly solid on marriage equality.

From this link:

we see that Kaptur voted in favor of the DREAM Act. The assertion that she did otherwise is an out and out lie.

This post is dishonest smear tactics.

And it should be remembered that Kucinich supported the Republican redistricting that put him in the position he is in now.

At 12:49 PM, Anonymous Bil said...

Thanks Howie, I WENT to actblue and they didn't HAVE a link for Dennis, just Marcy. SHOCKING.

I've met Kucinich and seen him talk, he's the real deal.
I wish all politicians had been half as right as he's been. It's STILL time for his Department of Peace cabinet level office.

Follow this to donate.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

As a former strong supporter and campaign worker for Congressman Dennis Kucinich I must state why I am no longer supporting him and why I am supporting Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

I worked on the 1994 Kucinich State Senate campaign against Anthony Sinagra and the 1996 Kucinich Congressional campaign against Martin Hoke. During
those campaigns I came to know Dennis quite well. I had just completed a run for Cleveland City council in Slavic Village and wanted to continue in politics. In fact, I still hold the record for most yard signs placed
during a State Senate campaign.

What concerned me then and concerns me now is why Kucinich failed as Mayor of Cleveland and still fails to succeed as a Congressman. The only common
denominator is his lack of people skills. He does not now {nor did he then} have the critical ability to communicate properly with constituents, fellow
lawmakers and the media in general. Some politicians are able to "re-make" themselves. Sadly, Kucinich has chosen not to and look what this has
resulted in for the previous 10th Congressional District.

On the other hand, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur reminds me of the type of congressperson we desperately need during these troubling economic times.
She truly cares about her constituents. From the moment you meet her you can't help but be struck by her well-honed people skills. She has utilized these skills very effectively and look at the difference it has made in Toledo and the surrounding area. On Tuesday, March 6, please
support Marcy Kaptur for Congress and help give the new 9th Congressional
district a start on the right track.

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Bil said...

Unknown, you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but I can't weight it with any credibility personally since you remain anonymous.

My experience with Dennis Kucinich is the OPPOSITE of yours. I have seen him jump off a stage to come into an audience and comfort and talk with a questioner who broke down in the middle of his question, Oakland 2004, right after Bush won his "first" election after the selection.

At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unknown: Kucinich didn't fail as Cleveland's mayor; he saved Cleveland Public Power from the banks, and that's why Cleveland area voters have his back to this day. (Read up on the history of Cleveland's default; it was engineered by the banks, to force Kucinich to sell them Cleveland Public Power. It was a bastardly move on their part and Kucinich didn't back down.)

On the other side of the coin, I'm not about to judge Democrats for having acquiesced to the post-9/11 jingoism that gripped this country. Standing up proudly and denouncing Bush would have made for an awesome moment, in a movie; but in real life it was an easy way to lose your seat to some Republican lunatic. Take a look at Max Cleland (D) in Georgia: a Vietnam vet who lost three limbs in service to this country, and he lost his seat in 2002 to Saxby Chambliss (R) for not being "patriotic" enough. Chambliss is still in Congress, ruining everything he can touch.


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