Journalist plans bid for House seat in 2008
The mother of a fallen soldier with ties to Lorain County plans to run against U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Cleveland, in the May 2008 primary.
Rosemary Palmer, 59, a former copy editor for The Chronicle-Telegram, said Kucinich “is so busy running for president, he doesn’t have time to concentrate on the issues facing this region.
“We live in the poorest city in the country, and we’ve had that distinction for two of the past three years,” Palmer said of Cleveland.
If elected, she said she would seek to fill empty factories with businesses that produce energy-saving “green” items to improve the environment.
While they both oppose the war in Iraq, Palmer said she is far more pragmatic in finding a way out than Kucinich, who deserted fellow Democrats and voted against an appropriations bill that set benchmarks for ending the war, Palmer said.
Palmer, whose son Lance Cpl. Edward “Augie” Schroeder, 23, was killed along with
13 other Marines inside a troop carrier in 2005, said she would have voted for the bill.
“If you say ‘my way or no way,’ you don’t reach your goal,” she said.
Palmer said she “applauds the fact” that Kucinich is for peace but she said his inflexibility makes it difficult to get things done.
“When he has a position, he’s so adamant that it must be his solution that he’s not willing to go toward intermediate solutions that go toward his goal,” she said.
Kucinich voted against going to war in Iraq and every subsequent appropriations bill. He calls for the U.S. to withdraw, close its military bases and seek the help of international peacekeepers to maintain order in Iraq.
Palmer declined to render a judgment on President Bush’s troop surge, but she said it’s a positive sign that diplomatic solutions are now being sought.
She said she and her husband, Paul Schroeder, have spent a lot of time studying the progress of the war.
“My heart was in my throat when I saw (U.S. forces) arming the Sunnis in the Al Ambar province so they can fight Al-Qaeda,” Palmer said.
She said she fears the Sunnis could take the weapons to Baghdad to attack the Shiite Muslims.
“I hope the military knows what it’s doing,” she said.
Palmer said it would take at least a million dollars to fund a campaign to bring down Kucinich in the primary. She said she has a plan to raise that money, but she declined to elaborate on it at this time.
Kucinich, 60, was first elected to Congress in 1996. He was Cleveland’s mayor from 1977 to 1979.
After both working at The Chronicle in the 1970s, Palmer and her husband moved to Columbus and operated Capital News, which covered the statehouse for The Chronicle and other newspapers.
She served as assistant news editor of the now-defunct Columbus Citizen Journal in the 1980s. After moving to New Jersey, she served on the South Orange/Maplewood school board and later was an administrator at Bloomfield College in New Jersey. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees and now is studying at the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron.
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