CINCINNATI (TDB) -- A Kucinich for President presser says the candidate's wife, Elizabeth, will be in Germany this week for an important session of Democrats Abroad, where she will be campaigning for her husband. The group plans to consider anti-war resolutions at the EVENT that runs through this weekend in Heidelberg.
With microscopic levels of support showing in any U.S. polls, it is probably not entirely meaningless for Clevelander Kucinich to look for votes among the ex-pats in Europe. There will be a DA discussion about sending delegates to the 2008 convention. But pressing the flesh in Germany doesn't seem a strategy aimed at nailing down the nomination. The first caucus is in Iowa next January, and the earliest primary takes place soon afterward in New Hampshire -- both on the other side of the Atlantic. And there are numerous St. Patrick's Day parades and events March 17 in the USA -- wouldn't it have been better for Elizabeth to stroll, wave at the crowds and try to shake every hand in sight?
Kucinich is even pulling his senior New England coordinator, Christina Kraich-Rogers, and sending her to Heidelberg with his wife. Kraich-Rogers is a native of Bavaria and worked for a time as a union organizer in Germany. She may be able to work the Heidelberg gathering successfully with Kucinich's British-born spouse.
This is what appears on the Kucinich 2008 presidential Web about Elizabeth's German excursion:
"CLEVELAND (OH) – Elizabeth Kucinich, the British-born wife of Ohio Congressman and Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich, has accepted an invitation to participate in the spring meeting of Democrats Abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, March 15-17.
"The organization, officially known as the Democratic Party Committee Abroad (DPCA), represents the interests of millions of U.S. citizens in more than 70 countries throughout Europe, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the Antipodes."
"It is recognized as a 'state' Party by the Democratic National Committee (DNC). Mrs. Kucinich will be meeting with leaders of the group, including International Chairman Michael A. Ceurvorst, and attending several delegate sessions to present her husband’s campaign platform on issues ranging from the war in Iraq to national health care, foreign trade policies, and international treaties."