Saturday, February 4, 2012

Newcomer Graham Veysey touts youth in underdog bid against Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Dennis Kucinich has the Cuyahoga County Democratic Party and country music star Willie Nelson behind his campaign.

Marcy Kaptur has the Lorain mayor and much of the Toledo political establishment.

Graham Veysey has Dent and Lobo from the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. Maybe.

But when you're an upstart candidate and the third wheel in a congressional primary that features Kucinich and Kaptur, two long-entrenched incumbents thrown into battle against each other because of redistricting, "maybe" is not nothing. It's a sign of encouragement.

"Congress is broken," Veysey says, invariably, to Dent, to Lobo and to anyone else whose hand he can shake in his long-shot bid for the 9th District seat. He passes out literature with a bold logo -- "VZ" -- intended to help voters pronounce his unfamiliar name. He tells them about historically low approval numbers, about partisan gridlock and about the need for fresh faces.

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