PCRM - Elizabeth Kucinich
Let me introduce you to PCRM's new director of public affairs, Elizabeth Kucinich. A longtime human rights advocate and animal-protection champion, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge about campaign strategy and the legislative process to our dedicated team and is already working to open doors and help raise the profile of PCRM's efforts. Her experience navigating the public spotlight also allows her to contribute a fresh perspective to our media outreach, marketing, and fundraising strategies.
Elizabeth Kucinich, pictured on Wednesday at the Rayburn Hpouse Office Building, is PCRM's new director of public affairs. (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post)photo
The last time we saw Elizabeth Kucinich, the gorgeous redhead was on her husband's arm as he campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination. That didn't pan out, so Rep. Dennis Kucinich went back to Congress and she went back to her work as a monetary policy wonk.
Now she's back in the spotlight, this time as the new director of public affairs for the nonprofit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Kucinich was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday to drum up support for the Great Ape Protection Act, which would phase out invasive medical research on chimpanzees.
"For me, it's a moral issue, about practicing good science and moving with the times," she told our colleague Marissa Newhall. The longtime animal-rights advocate wants to end federal funding involving chimps -- which gets into the tricky business of, well, lobbying her husband and his colleagues.
So the couple met with ethics officials Wednesday morning. "We want to make sure everything we do is absolutely by the book, and it's a thick book," she said. Most of her work will be off the Hill, so she's not required to register as a lobbyist. But she'll make a few personal appeals in Washington -- not lobbying, mind you, but "educational awareness around a particular bill."
Even as a teenager in England, she played hooky to lobby for her favorite
organizations. And she shared this: "I was quite a heavy child." Really?
"Yes," said Kucinich. "I was quite picked on by children at school. Tall,