Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) will attend a fundraiser in Shoreline, Wash., on Sunday, a move that will bolster the idea he is seriously thinking about switching congressional districts.
The event, titled "Pancakes, Coffee and Congressman Kucinich," describes Kucinich as a "special guest." Proceeds from the breakfast, which costs $25 per head, will benefit the 32nd Legislative District Democrats organization.
Ohio is losing two congressional seats in the redistricting process, and Kucinich's is likely on the chopping block. If that happens he could end up drawn into a district with Rep. Betty Sutton (D-Ohio) or find himself having to run against Rep. Marcia FudgeMarcia FudgeIf Democrats want to take back the White House start now A guide to the committees: House Dems claim unity, but are still in search of a message MORE (D-Ohio) to remain an Ohio lawmaker.
"If I don't have anywhere I can run in Ohio, I have to start thinking about what my options are," Kucinich in an interview with a television station in Lakewood, Ohio. "I prefer to continue serving the district I've served for as long as I have. But that's not my choice to make in terms of the map."
Washington state is a possible new home for Kucinich because it is adding a congressional seat from redistricting. The new seat is likely to be centered in an area close to where Kucinich held a fundraiser late last week. Kucinich detailed his redistricting woes during the event.
But Democrats there may not welcome the liberal congressman's presence.
Washington state Democratic Party Chairman Dwight Pelz called the Kucinich rumor "far-fetched" and said he didn't think Democrats would welcome it.