Revelations that candidate Dennis Kucinich was paid $20,000 for a speech in London brings an unusual twist to the gubernatorial race

Most Democratic primaries in 2018 have focused on bread and butter progressive issues like healthcare, education and gun control. In Ohio’s gubernatorial primary, however, domestic policy has increasingly been overshadowed by an unexpected figure: Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

Syria took center stage last week, after the two-time presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich revealed in an amended filing with the state ethics board that he had received $20,000 for a paid speech to a pro-Assad group in London.

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