When I posted about the primary in Columbus, in which a veritable Who’s Who of local Democrats are going after a district designed as a liberal quarantine by the GOP, the immediate reaction of many was “Why aren’t you posting about Marcy Kaptur vs. Dennis Kucinich?”

Well… there are plenty of places to read about the “animated,” “increasingly tense,” “increasingly bitter” “war” between two candidates who have typically been allies. People have been vocal about whom they support. In short, I thought posting about the 3rd added more to the overall conversation. But, this should be more fun, right?

Some background: Like the 3rd district, the 9th was created to get Democrats out of districts where they might threaten GOP incumbents. It’s literally worse than gerrymandered – compare the 9th to the district that spawned the term 200 years ago:

Lake Erie Monster

I think it looks like the Lake Erie Monster.

Separated at Birth?
Regardless, until redistricting reform becomes reality, we are faced with an intra-district bout between two of the most prominent Democrats in the state: Kaptur and Kucinich. Kaptur’s highest profile achievement is the successful drive to erect a National WWII Memorial. Kucinich’s highest profile achievements have been two spectacularly unsuccessful presidential campaigns.

I kid.

To put it more fairly, Kucinich has often been a vocal champion of progressive ideals, Kaptur has been a more pragmatic legislator. Congress certainly has room for both, even if the 9th district doesn’t.

I know both candidates have strong and committed support. I’m expecting to hear from supporters from both.

It should be noted that there is a third choice in the campaign, Graham Veysey, who must be thrilled with the negatives being hurled at each other by the top tier candidates, but is certainly fighting an uphill battle. So, let’s hear it:

Who are you supporting in the OH-9 primary?

  • I do not live in the district but I want Kaptur to win (42%, 59 Votes)
  • I do not live in the district but I want Kucinich to win (21%, 30 Votes)
  • I live in the district and I'm voting for Kaptur (14%, 20 Votes)
  • I live in the district and I'm voting for Kucinich (9%, 13 Votes)
  • I do not live in the district and I'm okay with whoever wins (9%, 13 Votes)
  • I live in the district and am still undecided (4%, 5 Votes)
  • I do not live in the district but I want Veysey to win (1%, 2 Votes)
  • I live in the district and I'm voting for Veysey (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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  • I think you should talk about Betty Sutton’s district as that is the most important race in Ohio. Maybe Nan Baker because if Nan looks to do well that could spell doom for Betty, Brown, and Obama. Rubber stamp Nan is in the house district that has most of Betty Sutton’s Democratic voters. All politics are local.

  • CDR_Janny

    What the Goopers did in 2011 is no different than what they did in 2001 by mashing together Traficant’s district in Youngstown with a small pocket in northwest Akron (50 miles distant!) where incumbent Tom Sawyer lived.

    As a result of the latest redistricting, a) I don’t know which district I live in, and b) Akron will be represented in Congress by someone who doesn’t live in Summit County!

  • I love Dennis, have donated to him, like how he defends principled positions and voices things others won’t say. But … maybe given his name recognition he could still have a political future if he loses, whereas Marcy, who is also a great liberal champion, might not. “Can’t we all just get along?”

  • I will be voting for DK, but it’s a choice that I hate to have to make. We need to change this law NOW. We can’t suffer through this district for another ten years. 

  • Capt. 01%

    Marcy’s name was thrown around for governor in 06.
    What about Portmans’ senate seat?
    if she loses, she isn’t done.

  • Anastasjoy

    Both Marcy and Dennis are a little old to be looking at a political future once out of office, especially a senate seat. I imagine when Dennis loses, he’ll start a nonprofit or a think tank to advocate for one of his pet issues, like the Department of Peace.

  • Anastasjoy

    I doubt Nan doing well would doom anyone else. All it might mean is she had weak opposition, and I really am having a hard time assessing either of her potential opponents as a candidate. Maybe you meant that if Obama, Brown and Sutton do well, it might spell doom for Nan? That makes more sense.

  • Guest

    I don’t live in Marcy’s district but as a local official, have worked with her and she has helped many way beyond her district.  The thing that impresses me most is she does what is right and works hard for anyone in Ohio, way beyond the excellence constituent service she gives to her district.  Ohio would be crazy to throw out the tremendous advantages her seniority brings.  As for Veysey, who said seniority is overrated, he is a nice guy but should come back later when he is not wet behind his ears, and after he has learned how our Congress and government actually works.  As for Dennis, do you really want someone who spent most of last year flirting with the West Coast.  Marcy will build coalitions and get things done and is one damn smart lady.  For Marcy, it is not about her, it’s about the people she represents – unlike Dennis, who is all about Dennis.

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