Washington D.C: What's next for Dennis Kucinich?

10:59 AM, Nov 22, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON D.C. -- Congressman Dennis Kucinich will only be in office until Jan. 2.

What will he do? He is considering many options after 16 years in Congress representing the West Side of Cleveland and western and southern suburbs.

Kucinich was defeated by Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in the Democratic primary in March. He's been through multiple defeats in his long political career.

"If losing an election puts a void in your life, there's something wrong with your life," he said.

He's preparing for a less hectic routine, not focused on the next election.

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That will permit him to spend more time with his strikingly beautiful wife.

"Elizabeth and I will have a chance to spend more time together...If you think I'll be pining away for Congress get real," he said, chuckling.

He calls meeting her the best benefit of his 16 years in office.

Elizabeth Kucinich works in public affairs for a non-profit physicians' group. She's been active campaigning against doing medical research on chimpanzees. She also promotes sustainable food and a vegan diet.

Kucinich will continue to split time between homes in Washington and Cleveland.

Many Congress members leaving office seek opportunities to make more money.

Kucinich downplays that possibility.

"I expect I'll do some writing, some public speaking. I'll be around," he said.

Some think Kucinich could have a future in the media, perhaps a liberal voice someplace like MSNBC. Election night, he offered political commentary on WKYC-TV.

Might he be a candidate for office again anytime soon?

"The last thing I want to talk about is running for another office. I would not want to encourage speculation...I am not a candidate for public office right now. Do I think it's possible I might be? Yes, but it's not like I'm hungering for it...My book is still open. There's a chapter. The page turned. The book is still open," he told WKYC's Tom Beres.

He is concerned about the futures of his 19 staff members who lose jobs when he steps aside.

Many have been with him for years, forming dedicated personal as well as professional relationships.

Some suggest it would make sense for Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur to  hire some of them to provide continuity as she opens her office in Cleveland.

A spokesman for Kaptur says she would not be adverse to that possibility, but no decisions have been made.


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