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Cleveland 'Plain Dealer': Kucinich Ignoring Us

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Cleveland 'Plain Dealer': Kucinich Ignoring Us

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Could underdog presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich be avoiding publicity from his hometown newspaper?

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland, in a recent item on its political blog, claims the former Cleveland mayor and current Democratic congressman has been giving the paper the cold shoulder.

"Heretofore a champion of a free press, congressman (and former Plain Dealer copy boy) Dennis Kucinich has cut off nearly all communication to Plain Dealer political reporters," Stephen Koff wrote Friday on the paper's political blog. "Kucinich has not returned calls for several weeks to the newspaper's Washington bureau, which covers his actions in Congress and his presidential campaign. As noted in Monday's newspaper, he uttered a string of non-sequiturs -- albeit pleasant ones -- when a Plain Dealer reporter attempted to interview him outside the House of Representatives chamber."

The item adds, "his presidential campaign staff for weeks has not returned Plain Dealer calls and e-mail" and targets Kucinich spokeswoman Natalie Laber with leading the non-responses. "Laber ... also has not returned phone calls and e-mail during this timeframe," Koff wrote. "That includes multiple inquiries from reporters asking about Kucinich's votes in the House, his positions on congressional issues and matters unrelated to his presidential campaign. …

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