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04/16/2012 10:50 am ET Updated Apr 16, 2012

Dennis Kucinich Not Welcome To Run In Washington, Says State Democratic Party Chair

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is still open to running for Congress in Washington state after he lost his home state primary in March, but the head of the Democratic Party there is "horrified" by the prospect.

The eight-term congressman lost his primary to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) last month, after a congressional redistricting process combined their seats.

For months, Kucinich has tossed around the possibility of moving to Washington state and running for Congress there. On Sunday, he sent his supporters an email, asking them to take a survey on whether he should run. He cited the support of a group called Washington Citizens For Kucinich.

According to the Seattle Times, this email drew a "horrified" reaction from Washington Democratic Party Chair Dwight Pelz.

"Dennis Kucinich has to decide what his legacy is going to be. Will he be remembered as a principled member of Congress or the narcissist who lost two Congressional races in two states the same year?" Pelz said on Sunday, according to the paper.

The filing deadline in Washington state is May 18.

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