I am not nor have I ever been an apologist for anyone. In a lifetime as a public servant I have never carried water for any interest, foreign or domestic. A look at the interview I conducted on Fox News with President Assad should dispel that notion.
The speech I did give in London was not in support of the regime, but rather a measured statement on the imperative of a peace process to end the violence in Syria. I appreciate the Ohio Ethics Commission's assistance in bringing my filing regarding that speech into compliance with financial reporting requirements. The omission was unintentional and immediately rectified upon notification.
The politics of our state, our nation and the world are more polarized than ever. In my desire to change that, have learned a valuable lesson on the necessity of ever more carefully regarding the appearance of entanglement.
I shall take this lesson to heart and proceed in my work for peace and justice better equipped for the experience.
Dennis J. Kucinich