Kucinich dropping out?

This just in, moments ago:

Kucinich calls news conference for noon Friday
to discuss status of Presidential campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Thursday, January 24, 2008

CLEVELAND, OH – Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has called a news conference for noon on Friday, January 25, at the International Laborers’ Union (Local 310) hall at 3520 Euclid Avenue, to announce plans for “transitioning out of the Democratic Presidential primary race.”

No further comments will be forthcoming from Kucinich or his Presidential campaign until tomorrow’s news conference.

Jeez, he’s not even waiting for all these Bay Area votes before he starts packing it in. Anybody think he’ll make an endorsement?

UPDATE @ 2:35 P.M. THURSDAY: The Cleveland Plain Dealer has the scoop:

Kucinich said he will not endorse another Democrat in the primary.

Kucinich is seeking a seventh term in Congress, but his long-shot bid for the White House has drawn four Democratic opponents.

In the interview, during which he was seeking the paper’s endorsement of his re-election bid, Kucinich said he is dropping out of the presidential race for practical reasons.

“When I didn’t get into that debate in Nevada, it really made it difficult,” he said.

But Kucinich said he’s proud of his performance in the earlier debates and believes he’s had a positive influence on the race.

“If anyone has watched the debates, they have been able to see that I’ve been able to do more than hold my own,” he said. “I’ve been able to represent the aspirations of people in this community, and communities like it across the country on health care, peace, for jobs.
There is a point at which you just realize that you, look, you accept it, that it isn’t going to happen and you move on.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.