Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced Wednesday that he has decided not to run for Congress in Washington state.
Kucinich was defeated in his Democratic primary in March, after he and fellow Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur were drawn into the same district. Both before and after that primary, he had publicly considered a run for the new House seat in Washington state. But most observers have believed such a run would have little chance of success, and Democratic Party officials in the Evergreen State openly discouraged the move.
In a new e-mail to his supporters, Kucinich writes in part:
Because of my love of public service, I have given a great deal of time and much thought to the advice and encouragement I have received from so many people of good will in Washington State. I certainly want to continue to be of service to our country and to the working men and women who have built it.
After careful consideration and discussions with Elizabeth and my closest friends, I have decided that, at this time, I can best serve from outside the Congress. My commitments to peace, to workers' rights and to social and economic justice are constant and are not dependent upon holding an office. They are dependent upon my continuing to stand up, to speak out, to organize, to motivate and to inspire our nation as to its deeper potential. This I promise I will do with great energy and heart.