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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

C'mon Russell, who's REALLY a mouse?

From Henry Adaso
Russell Simmons Backs Kucinich, Calls Obama a "Mouse"

Russell Simmons, Def Jam co-founder and long-time Democratic supporter, has thrown his weight behind Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich in the 2008 Presidential Election, according to the Cleveland Leader. In an interview with Adam Bernard, Simmons offered an explanation for his endorsement:
"I like Dennis Kucinich, how bout that? If you were black you’d have to like him and if you were interested in preserving mother earth you would like him, and if you were interested in fighting poverty you would like him. If you were interested in practicing a different relationship with not only mother earth but all of the species on it, as a vegan, like him, you’d like him. If you’re interested in lifting the planet up and having a higher consciousness you’d like him. No one else knows about him, but I’m just making a point."

Simmons, whose latest book Do You! 12 Laws to Access the Power in You to Achieve Happiness and Success recently landed on the New York Times' Bestsellers List, has long expressed his disinterest in both of the Democratic party front-runners. In an April interview with Deborah Solomon of the New York Times, he referred to Sen. Barack Obama as a "mouse" who is "controlled, just like everyone else."

In that same interview, Simmons disclosed that he's talked to Democratic candidate Sen. John Edwards "more than anyone." One explanation for the tension between Simmons and Obama is the latter's criticism of derogatory rap lyrics.

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