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Fox hires Kucinich: Former liberal congressman to be paid contributor

Dennis Kucinich (Photo: CNN)

Dennis Kucinich (Photo: CNN)

NEW YORK — Former Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, once a Democratic presidential candidate, has found a new home on the conservative media outlet Fox News.

No, that is not a misprint.

Following his exit from Congress this month, the former legislator has signed on with the network to be a contributor, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced Wednesday.

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

Kucinich seemed eager to start the next chapter as an analyst on a network that has always welcomed his viewpoint.

“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,” he said.

Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland, was first elected to Congress in 1996. He ran for president twice — one in 2004 and again in 2008 — and lost his bid for re-election to Congress in the 2012 primary to Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.