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By Morning Fizz April 16, 2012

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1.  Dennis Kucinich, the recently ousted Ohio Congressman and one-time dissident candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, is considering running for Congress in Washington State. Again.

Yesterday, he sent out the following email to local supporters:
Dear Friend,

I have just received this communication from Washington Citizens for Kucinich which asks that I consider running for Congress in Washington State.

This week, while I was speaking in Seattle, the question came up in two television interviews: KCPQ-TV and KING-TV. I cannot approach consideration of such an unprecedented step without seeking advice from you, my friends in Washington State, whose help and generosity have enabled me to serve in the US Congress from Ohio.

I would appreciate your participation in this survey of my Washington State supporters. Please click on this link, enter your email address and zip code, and then vote. I would be grateful for your comments too and shall be reading them on Wednesday.

Your participation and your guidance is critical to my decision.

Very sincerely,

Dennis Kucinich

One immediate response came from Washington State Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz, who shot off a press release titled "Pelz to Cleveland: Keep Kucinich, Send Us the Cavs" (a reference to the Seattle's current bid for an NBA team).

The chilly statement continued:

"It is clear that Cleveland and Washington State agree one thing: we just don't want Dennis Kucinich," Pelz said. "Kucinich was already rejected by Ohio voters after representing them for 15 years, and he isn't going to find meaning in Washington State. Voters in Washington won't be giving Kucinich a mulligan on yet another defeat in Cleveland."

Though Fizz thinks the quote Pelz gave the Seattle Times yesterday, predicting a Kucinich loss here in Washington state, no sports metaphors necessary, was much funnier:
"Dennis Kucinich has to decide what his legacy is going to be. Will he be remembered as a principled member of Congress or the narcissist who lost two Congressional races in two states the same year?"

2. More 1st Congressional District fundraising numbers are in. (We reported on Suzan DelBene's $340,000 and Laura Ruderman's $103,000 recent first quarter numbers here). Darcy Burner posted her numbers over the weekend: She raised $178,533 in the quarter bringing her overall haul to $306,383. Though her cash on hand is lagging behind, at $114,000.

DelBene has raised $360,000 total with  $317,000 cash on hand, for example and Ruderman has raised $362,000 with $220,000. Another candidate, longshot Darshan Rauniyar, who's raised $169,000 overall, has $123,000 cash on hand. State Rep. Roger Goodman (D-45, Kirkland), complaining about the difficulty of the cash race, dropped out last week.

The only Republican left in the race, John Koster, has raised $337,000 overall, with $103,000 cash on hand.

3. Speaking of the 1st Congressional District race: While all the Legislative Districts that make up the 1st CD—which stretches from the Microsoft suburbs north to Canada—were taking up the presidential race this weekend at their local caucuses, the 1st Legislative District also did a straw poll on the Congressional race. The 1st LD represents the Mountlake Terrace and Bothell area.

Ruderman won the straw poll:

Laura Ruderman: 58 votes
Darcy Burner: 19 votes
Darshan Rauniyar: 18 votes
Suzan DelBene: 6 votes
Steve Hobbs: 2 votes

4. Meanwhile, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced her sole endorsement of DelBene today, calling the ex-Microsoftie the candidate most qualified to get people back to work. “As someone whose family struggled through tough times when she was growing up, Suzan personally understands the struggles far too many of our families are facing in the current tough economy," Gregoire said in a statement. "Suzan will roll up her sleeves to do something about it."

5. Speaking of endorsements, three Seattle City Council members, Nick Licata, Bruce Harrell, and Mike O'Brien, have endorsed 36th District (Ballard, Queen Anne) state rep candidate Sahar Fathi. (Incumbent Rep. Mary Lou Dickerson is retiring.) Fathi is O'Brien's aide.

Fathi, the daughter of Iranian immigrants, is running as the social justice candidate; Licata is the council's longtime social justice champion and Harrell is the council's only non-white member.

Licata said: “She is not afraid to promote a progressive solution when others shy away. She will be a great asset to the 36th and all of us in Seattle.”

Harrell added: "Sahar’s commitment to social justice isn’t just in words, but in actions. Her work founding [the Middle Eastern Legal Association of Washington] is just one example of how she has already made a difference. Sahar is a genuine person and strong leader who works well with others while honoring her convictions and integrity.”

The endorsement comes on the day of a 36th District candidate forum hosted by the Stranger, which is a fan of Fathi. They published an upbeat profile on Fathi that coincided with her campaign announcement.

The forum is at 6:30 tonight in Belltown at Spitfire.

The crowded field also includes: State Sen. Paull Shin's legislative aide Evan Clifthorne, Progressive Majority leader Noel Frame, little-known Brian Holler, longtime lefty activist Linde Knighton, KC Council Member Larry Phillips' son Brett Phillips, and Seattle Port Commissioner Gael Tarleton.
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