Cleveland Congressman Dennis Kucinich, one of the most colorful members of the House of Representatives in the present generation, will be retiring from Congress at the end of 2012, as a result of his overwhelming defeat by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a fellow Democrat, longest serving woman in the House at present, who was forced into a race against Kucinich, due to the loss of two Ohio congressional seats as a result of redistricting.
Kucinich first came to notice as the boy mayor of Cleveland, and the push to recall him in 1979, which failed.
He re-emerged in Congress in the 1996 Congressional elections, and ran for President twice, in 2004 and 2008.
He became the leading critic of the Iraq War and pushed to impeach Vice President Dick Cheney.
Everything he ever tried or did ended in failure, but he fought the good fight, and was seen, even by critics, as a man of principle, dedicated to his nation, and beloved by many progressives, even though it was obvious he was the equivalent of Don Quixote.
While in theory he could move to the Seattle, Washington area in the next month, and still qualify for a new Congressional district created by population growth in that state, it might be seen as making him ineligible to keep his Ohio seat for the rest of this year, and being a “carpetbagger”, he might be rejected for that seat if he was to run on such short notice and residency.
Annoying to many, Dennis Kucinich will still go down in history as someone memorable, and not easily forgotten!