by Michael Collins
Jan. 19, 2008
Dennis Kucinich may not win the Democratic nomination for president, but he’s leaving a pro-democracy legacy across the country. To begin with, this candidate actually discusses critical issues demonstrating his respect for voters. With regard to the voters’ right to know, he just asked for the first recount in memory for a presidential primary simply because it makes perfect sense. The New Hampshire results need a serious second look.
Kucinich struck another blow for democracy by challenging the restrictive loyalty oath required by the Texas Democratic Party to get on the primary ballot. He actually reads the contracts he signs. When presented with the loyalty oath required to run as a Democrat in the Texas primary, Kucinich prudently edited the document to reflect the requirements of free citizens living in a democracy:
Updated: Jan. 19, 2008 10:34 PM CT
U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear Kucinich’s appeal
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court declined Friday to intervene in a dispute between Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and Texas’ Democratic Party, which means that Kucinich’s name will not appear on the March 4 primary ballot.
Kucinich fulfilled all the requirements to run in Texas except that he wouldn’t sign an oath to “fully support” the party’s eventual nominee. Kucinich, a U.S. representative from Ohio, crossed out the oath when he submitted his paperwork.