Fox News hires Dennis Kucinich


Dennis Kucinich will soon appear on Fox News. (Lisa DeJong - AP)

Dennis Kucinich, former congressman and icon of the anti-war left, has signed up as an analyst for Fox News. He will debut on "The O’Reilly Factor" Thursday night.

“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, FOX News has always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership," Kucinich (D-Ohio) said in a statement. "I look forward to a continuation of our relationship this time as a FOX News contributor.”

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was equally complimentary.

“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues," said Ailes. "His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”

Kucinich lost his Ohio House seat last year after being drawn into the same district as Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D) and losing to her in a member-vs.-member primary. Nationally famous after two presidential bids and a failed attempt to impeach former vice president Dick Cheney, he briefly considered running in Washington state but ultimately decided to retire from Congress.

While chairing a subcommittee examining the financial bailouts, Kucinich made allies of some of the chamber’s most conservative lawmakers. “Even though we were right and left, we were on the same page,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), who has served as the top Republican on that subcommittee. “I’ve always appreciated people on the left who genuinely believe in something. He’s a true believer.”

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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