January 29, 2008
Granted, Cimperman is an alum of my high school and university, I've seen him give a few speeches, and he even scored me tickets to see John Kerry in 2004, but his case against Kucinich is weak and his endorsements are misguided. Currently, Cimperman is running on a "Dennis misses votes" campaign, similar to the one launched against John Kerry in 2004.
The truth is that Cimperman's advertisements are just plain wrong. According to Callahan's Cleveland Diary, who did some digging around in the Washington Post votes database, Kucinich has missed 139 votes in this congress, hardly the 300+ Cimperman claims.
Additionally, Kucinich is a political gem. He was arguable the only Democrat running for president on a platform which he supports wholeheartedly. Kucinich's voting record backs up his convictions. Unlike the typical politician who flip flops constantly, accepts bribes from corporate titans, and represents the interest of their "investors", Kucinich ran on a platform that he truly believed was best for the American people, and no one else. He had little chance of getting the nomination because he refused to play the game the way big media, big business, and egotistical politicians want it to be played. Did he miss some congressional votes along the way? Sure. But anyone who has taken Political Science 101 should know how the congress works. If Kucinich was the swing vote on key votes, its more than likely you could find him in Washington. Sometimes there are more pressing issues than locking in a landslide victory for some bill, taking the country back from 8 years of Bush/Cheney domination qualifies in my book. The Cimperman advertisements overlooks these seemingly important details into account while blasting Kucinich (of course, thats the name of the game when it comes to political advertising).
Finally, Kucinich has single-handedly come the closest to bringing impeachment charges against both George Bush and Dick Cheney, can anyone imagine Joe Cimperman (or even other veteran congress members) getting up in front of the congress and trying to pull that off? Kucinich isn't just important to the people of Cleveland, he is important to the entire country, which is why any readers of this blog need to help the voters of Ohio's 10th congressional district understand why the PD, Frank Jackson, and the Cimperman campaign are misguided. Cleveland has fallen on hard times, but to think Joe Cimperman alone can save the city from its distress, and that Kucinich can do nothing right, is ill-minded. Kucinich deserves so much more credit and respect than he's given; keeping him in office is a good way to say thank you for standing up for our country.