U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich on Thursday announced he had the backing of Rep. Barney Frank (D., Massachusetts) in his 9th District primary contest.
Mr. Kucinich is up against U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo in the March 6 Democratic primary for the redrawn 9th Congressional District.
In a letter to contributors, Mr. Kucinich wrote:
"I have worked with Congressman Frank for fifteen years to challenge out-of-control military spending and to create an American economy which is focused on taking care of things here at home. Congressman Frank and I have worked side by side to endeavor to bring an end to discrimination of all kinds, including those which are based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
"His support is an affirmation of our work in Congress for social and economic justice everywhere. I am very grateful to receive Congressman Frank's powerful words of encouragement," Mr. Kucinich wrote.
Steve Fought, campaign manager for Miss Kaptur, said that Mr. Frank may still be ticked off by Miss Kaptur's vote against his financial regulation bill in December, 2009. She said at the time that it didn't do anything about banks that are "too big to fail."
Mr. Fought said Miss Kaptur has "a lot more support inside the Democratic caucus" than does Mr. Kucinich.
Here's Representative Franks' letter.