Is Dennis Kucinich or Pete Corrigan a better candidate?

This Cleveland Plain Dealer article explains the differences between Ohio candidates Dennis Kucinich and Peter Corrigan.


Could the voters produce a Republican sweep thorough enough to whisk away Dennis Kucinich?

It’s hard to imagine. It’s harder yet to get one’s hopes up. But a very credible Republican candidate is running against Cleveland’s unrepresentative representative this year, and residents of the 10th Congressional District should be falling all over themselves to elect him.

His name is Peter J. Corrigan. He’s a businessman with expertise in the financial side of companies and — of all things — physics. In other words, he’s not stupid.

[…]A mere 17 years after Clevelanders banished him from office for sinking their city into default, Kucinich headed off to Congress. And there he has lingered — at least when not running for president — ever since.

[…]When he was first elected, the not entirely tongue-in-cheek assessment was that with 434 adults to supervise him in the House of Representatives, how much damage could Dennis do?

[…]Since arriving at the House 13 years ago, Kucinich has sponsored 104 bills — some of them containing some pretty wacky stuff.

Fortunately, only four have become law. Their effects:

  • The Ukrainian Museum and Archives has a copy of “Window on America,” a TV program the U.S. Information Agency beamed at Ukraine in 1998.
  • Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski is now an honorary citizen of the United States.
  • A Cleveland post office has a new name.
  • Another Cleveland post office has a new name.

His bills to yank U.S. troops out of active war zones right this very minute, and impeach this, that and the other member of the George W. Bush administration didn’t make the cut. Embarrassed fellow Democrats hunched their shoulders, averted their eyes and voted down those crazy ideas.

[…]When he popped in to shake a few hands at a suburban Catholic church’s clambake a couple of weeks ago, one wag in attendance said he was tempted to grab a microphone and introduce “Congressman Dennis Kucinich, who used to be pro-life.”

[…]And then there’s that lonely battle Kucinich fought for single-payer health care, right up until President Barack Obama gave him a ride on Air Force One.

People who didn’t want to see the nation’s health care system wrecked by the federal government were praying that Kucinich would stick to his guns — relax, Congressman, it’s just a metaphor — and provide a crucial “no” vote on Obamacare.

People who bought years and years of his rhetoric about profiteering insurance companies just knew he’d show Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi how a person of real integrity behaves.

Instead, he caved. He voted for a bill he had vilified as an eternal guarantor of insurance company profits.

Read the whole thing and if you are in Ohio, vote for Pete Corrigan. Kucinich is the least sane person in Washington.

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