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Originally posted by Hugues de Payens
I'm not from Ohio.....I guess the first time I heard the man speak was when he first ran for the presidency. Not sure how long ago, but it's been a while now. At that time I thought he was a nutjob due to how I perscieved his stance on some issues. He seemed to me to an extreme left wing wacko. I could not understand, similar to Pelosi and Feinstein, how in the hell the good people of their respective districts could continuously re-elect him.
I must say, however, in the recent past I have listened to him more, and have grown to repsect him for his consistantt message, and have actually found myself agreeing with him onsome issues. This being one.
Kucinich was elected Mayor of Cleveland in 1977 and served in that position until 1979. At thirty-one years of age, he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the United States, earning him the nickname "the boy mayor of Cleveland". Kucinich's tenure as mayor is often regarded as one of the most tumultuous in Cleveland's history. After Kucinich refused to sell Muni Light, Cleveland's publicly owned electric utility, the Cleveland mafia put out a hit on Kucinich. A hit man from Maryland planned to shoot him in the head during the Columbus Day Parade, but the plot fell apart when Kucinich was hospitalized and missed the event. When the city fell into default shortly thereafter, the mafia leaders called off the contract killer.
Specifically, it was the Cleveland Trust Company that suddenly required all of the city's debts be paid in full, which forced the city into default, after news of Kucinich's refusal to sell the city utility. For years, these debts were routinely rolled over, pending future payment, until Kucinich's announcement was made public. In 1998 the Cleveland City Council honored him for having had the "courage and foresight" to stand up to the banks, which saved the city an estimated $195 million between 1985 and 1995.
Originally posted by JacKatMtn
This was Ohio's Representative Dennis Kucinich speaking up for the folks this afternoon..
I thought it was the most spirited moment during the debate..