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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Kaptur Leading Kucinich in Fund Raising; Accused Syrian Spy Admits Kucinich Fact-Finding Story Was BS

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:00 PM

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Update: The AP reports that when the accused Syrian spy said he was on a fact-finding mission organized by Dennis! Kucinich he simply misspoke. Prosecutors say he wasn't on the trip at all.

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When the Ohio GOP unleashed the new district map for the Buckeye State, Dennis! Kucinich had a renewed hope of winning his seat back in the next elections. Patching together Marcy Kaptur's Toledo claim with Kucinich's home in Northeast Ohio via a long, winding sliver of land running along Lake Erie, the stage was set for a Kaptur vs. Dennis!, incumbent vs. incumbent battle royale for all the marbles.

After flirting with the West Coast and Washington's newly created seat, Dennis! squared his sights back in Ohio. And Kucinich, who never really had to do anything more than throw up 2 or 3 yellow-and-black Dennis! billboards to win before, now faces an actual challenge.

The AP reports that battle is leaning toward Kaptur in the early fund-raising stages, but Dennis! says he can back up the money truck to the voters at any time and fill up.

New reports filed with federal regulators show that U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur has far more campaign cash in the bank than U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich , her expected Democratic primary opponent.

The filings with the Federal Elections Commission show that Kaptur had nearly $605,000 on hand as of Sept. 30, while Kucinich had around $90,000 in his account.

Kaptur agrees that Kucinich is a "proven money-raiser" and Dennis! says online donations will be there when he needs them.

In other Dennis! news, a bit that probably won't be making his campaign literature: An accused Syrian spy says he was in the U.S. not to spy but because he was on a fact-finding mission led by Kucinich. Dennis! says that is a load of bull. The PD reports:

"Whoever he is, it sounds like he has a serious problem with the truth," Kucinich said in a statement. "If in fact, he has spied upon U.S. citizens on behalf of the Syrian government that will have immediate consequences for the Assad regime."

And to think, all this fun is coming just from the Dem side. Just wait til Joe the Plumber, who filed paperwork to run for a congressional seat in the same district, brings the noise from the GOP side.

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