The PJ Tatler

Kucinich Defeat Means no Joe the Plumber Showdown

The House’s favorite liberal elf is no longer.

Redistricting has set up an unusual set of congressional primaries this year, pitting veteran Dem lawmakers against veteran Dem lawmakers and bringing out the nasty in the process.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) fell in the first such of the these contests Tuesday night to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio). Kucinich was first elected to the House in 1996, and Kaptur in 1982.

Kaptur is a more conservative Democrat than Kucinich. She ran as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, casting Kucinich as someone more inclined toward the spotlight than getting work done.

She’ll run against Joe the Plumber in November. The new district tilts Democratic.

“I would like to be able to congratulate Congresswoman Kaptur but I do have to say she ran a campaign in the Cleveland media market that was utterly lacking in integrity with false statements, half-truths, misrepresentations,” Kucinich, who accused Kaptur of stealing campaign signs, etc., said after losing. “I hope that is not the kind of representation she would provide to this community. And I don’t think the people of Toledo have any idea of the kind of campaign that was run in the Cleveland area. And my own integrity requires me to just say this: That’s not all right.”

Kaptur whupped Kucinich 56 percent to 40 percent.