Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich isn't ready to rule out a run for a House seat in Washington state.
Asked by KING 5 News's Robert Mak about whether he will run in Washington this year, the Cleveland Democrat said, "I haven't really made up my mind what I'm going to be doing with my future. I'm looking at all my options, I haven't made a decision. If I made a decision, I'd tell you right now."
Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland who has served since 1997 in the U.S. House, lost his bid for a new term this year after his northern Ohio district was combined with another Democratic seat as part of that state's decennial redistricting. He has visited Washington several times in the past few years and has openly speculated about running for a seat in the Evergreen state.
Noting that he is in the state "on the invitation of a couple groups," Kucinich said of Washington: "I'm always glad to be here. I love coming out here, as far as a candidacy, I don't know about that. But I'm glad to be here."
Washington will be home to three open-seat congressional races this fall -- in the 1st, 6th and the newly created 10th districts. During his current trip to the state, Kucinich is scheduled to speak at an event in the 9th and is attending a meeting in the 10th.
Asked whether that means he's eyeing one of those two seats, Kucinich replied: "Oh yeah, sure, I get asked that question without having to come here. But I can tell you I haven't made up my mind about any of that."
In the 10th district, Denny Heck is making his second run for Congress as a Democrat. Kucinich said he considers 9th Congressional incumbent Rep. Adam Smith a friend. "I have a great deal of respect for Congressman Smith. I supported Congressman Smith to be the top Democrat on the Armed Forces Committee. Why did I support him? Because he was the only candidate who talked about peace."
For now, Kucinich said, he's not ready to make a decision. "Remember, I am a member of the United States Congress now, and I am a member of Congress right through to January 2, 2013," he said.
"I don't rule out anything. I think that in life, when a situation changes, the smart thing to do is to take a deep breath and look at all options," he said. "I love serving, that's been my life. Now, there are many ways to serve. You don't have to be in public office to serve."