Kucinich Congratulates, Slams Kaptur After Loss in 9th District Race

Posted on: 9:01 pm, March 6, 2012, by , updated on: 01:49am, March 7, 2012

CLEVELAND, Ohio –

Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich has conceded to Toledo Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

Addressing supporters gathered at Rubin’s Family Restaurant in Cleveland, the longtime Cleveland politician both congratulated and slammed his competitor by saying, “I would like to be able to congratulate Congresswoman Kaptur, but I do have to say that she ran a campaign in the Cleveland media market that was utterly lacking in integrity. With false statements, half truths, misrepresentations,” said Kucinich. “I hope that that is not the kind of representation that she would provide to the community.”

Meanwhile, Kaptur’s staffers said she had no response to Kucinich’s jab.

The congresswoman did, however, say the following to Fox 8 News, “I believe he ran a very spirited race; one that he should be very proud of–he and his wife Elizabeth and their families. I think that we in this region have a lot of work to do, and I think that Congressman Kucinich can make an even greater contribution. I will seek his counsel on the regions that he is represented, and I will work with him, I will work with Mr. Veysey, I will work with all people of good will to piece together the assets of Ohio’s North Coast and turn it into an economic powerhouse.”

Kaptur’s campaign released the following statement after the race was called late Tuesday night:

“First I’d like to thank the voters of the Ninth District for their confidence and allowing us to use our seniority to help our region.  I also want to thank our supporters and volunteers whose hard work helped make this win possible. I would like to thank Graham Vesey for his energy and enthusiasm and Congressman Dennis Kucinich for his spirited debate. We will need them, and their supporters help to work for the betterment of all of northern Ohio. I look forward to bringing jobs to the region and strengthening the economy of northern Ohio, from Cleveland to Lorain, Sandusky, Port Clinton, and Toledo.”

Both veteran lawmakers saw their districts merged when Ohio reapportioned its House seats after 2010.

Kaptur has held the 9th Congressional District seat since 1983. Now in her 15th term, she is the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives

Redistricting eliminated the 10th Congressional District, held by Rep. Kucinich since 1996, and 40-percent of it was merged into the new 9th Congressional District.

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(Fox 8 reporter Emily Valdez and Kevin Freeman contributed to this report.)