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   Will Travel for District: History's Notable Carpetbaggers

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5/25/2011 9:00 pm

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Entered 5/27/2011, Updated 5/27/2011

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Word is that Dennis Kucinich is on the hunt for a new political home. The Ohio Congressman’s losing his seat to redistricting, and rather than run head-to-head with a neighboring representative, he’s considering flexing his national celebrity across the country from Cleveland in a Congressional district in Washington State. There is also speculation that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may be the new owner of a home in Arizona, and that she's motivated by more than just the mild winters. The state is home to both her daughter Bristol, who recently bought a home there, and an open Senate seat being vacated Republican Senator John Kyl. This is just political chatter for now, but they would follow a long history of candidates relocating for better political fortunes, a phenomenon otherwise known as carpetbagging. Here are some of our favorites: Hillary Clinton – The then-First Lady launched her campaign as the Clinton administration prepared its exit from the White House. A native of Illinois, attended college in Massachusetts and law school in Connecticut before moving to Arkansas for husband Bill Clinton to launch his political career. The Clintons bought a house in Chappaqua in 1999, in anticipation of an election for the seat vacated by Daniel Patrick Moynihan in 1998. She won the race in 2000 and was reelected in 2006 before running for president in 2008.


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