Dennis Kucinich, former congressman and presidential candidate with a liberal record, will make his debut on "The O'Reilly Factor" this week
Fox News Channel's newest contributor might raise a few eyebrows — on both sides of the political spectrum.
Former congressman and presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has signed a multi-year deal with the network to serve as a contributor, the network said Wednesday.
Kucinich will make his debut on Thursday's edition of "The O'Reilly Factor," before branching out and appearing on other Fox News programs.
It's an attention-grabbing union; Kucinich, a former mayor of Cleveland who went on to serve as a congressman in Ohio, was regarded as one of the more liberal members of the Democratic party during his time in office.
During the George W. Bush Administration years, Kucinich voted against the USA PATRIOT Act and the invasion of Iraq, and pushed for the impeachment of Dick Cheney — making him an interesting choice, for an network that's regarded by some as having a conservative slant.
But in a statement announcing the hire, Kucinich characterized the network as a dependable venue for airing his viewpoint.
“Through 16 years in Congress and two presidential campaigns, Fox News always provided me with an opportunity to share my perspective with its enormous viewership,” he said.
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Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, meanwhile, championed Kucinich's convictions.
“I’ve always been impressed with Rep. Kucinich’s fearlessness and thoughtfulness about important issues,” Ailes added. “His willingness to take a stand from his point of view makes him a valuable voice in our country’s debate.”
Late last year, the network signed radio personality and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Adam Carolla as a contributor.