Dennis Menaced

Posted January 25, 2008 at 6:31pm

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) ended his second bid for the presidency late last week during a Congressional endorsement meeting with his hometown paper, The Plain Dealer. He also told the paper he had no plans to endorse any other candidates in the Democratic race for the White House.

[IMGCAP(1)]“There’s a point at which you just realize that you, look, you accept it, that it isn’t going to happen and you move on,” Kucinich told the newspaper.

The former mayor made his official withdrawal announcement Friday in downtown Cleveland.

For the first time in his Congressional career, Kucinich is facing four Democratic opponents, the most prominent of whom is longtime Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman, in the March 4 primary. Former state Rep. Jim Trakas is the only Republican in the race.

Kucinich sent out a Web video plea to supporters earlier last week asking for donations for his re-election campaign.

“Already television commercials are flooding the Cleveland airwaves with a message that is designed to try to knock me out of office,” he says in the video. “… So please give at least $100 if you’re able to, help me raise at least $1,000, if you’re able to.”

— Shira Toeplitz