Kucinich vs. the olive
January 26th, 2011
02:59 PM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich vs. the olive

Washington (CNN) –Dennis Kucinich is no fan of pit-filled olives - and now he's doing something about it: Taking one of Congress' cafeterias to court.

In 2008, the Ohio Democrat purchased a sandwich wrap filled with those olives at the cafeteria inside the Longworth Office Building. After biting into the wrap, he cracked a tooth, according to the legal complaint.

Now he has come forward with a $150,000 lawsuit against the cafeteria - run by Restaurant Associates and other groups - for providing "dangerous" sandwiches.

According to the complaint, reported by Courthousenews.com, the sandwich wrap was "unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives, yet unknown to plaintiff contained an unpitted olive or olives which plaintiff did not reasonably expect to be present in the food prepared for him, and could not visually detect prior to consumption."

As a result, Kucinich received "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures, and has sustained other damages as well, including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment."

No word yet on what sort of enjoyment was lost.

A Kucinich spokesperson told Gawker that he has "no comment other than to say this is a private legal matter."

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. tct

    The dental procedures obviously worked, he still bites.

    January 26, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  2. John

    Hard to believe he was ever taken seriously as a Presidential candidate.

    January 26, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. TEXAN

    Wait a minute...don't Congressmen get free medical and dental care?

    January 26, 2011 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  4. Debbie

    I guess he is so poor that suing is his only way to get his bills paid. And he can rest easily knowing that the cafeteria that made the mistake will go probably go out of business, or at the least have to scale back on employees in order to pay him for his dental work that he can't afford.
    Win win for the congressman. It's the American way.

    January 26, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. danno

    And this is the guy that had a presidential bid in 2008 ? What a joke. Fix his tooth and send hm home to momma.

    January 26, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  6. Mike

    What a piece of work and we wonder why this country is going to hell. Anyone on this board that feels he is entitled to financial compensation is as big an idiot as he is. He cracked a tooth, thats it...what kind of permanent pain and suffering does he have. He should be locked up with the lawyer who took the case and be made to eat unpitted olives for the rest of his life....My god people...when are you all going to start taking personal responsibility??? And another thing, how hard was his bite that he cracked a tooth? I'm betting his old teether were already so rotten that it just fell apart...Next time dumb a$$ see a dentist more frequently.

    January 26, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |

    And this guy wants to be president. 🙁

    January 26, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Wil Stuart

    Now let's go vote on the bill limiting frivolous medical lawsuits.....

    January 26, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Hangar 13

    I give you Exhibit A for (1) What's wrong with Congress, (2) What's wrong with the Democratic Party in particular, and (3) Why we need to pass every law possible to minimize the influence of trial lawyers. It's hard to find a single problem in America that doesn't have its roots with that sleazy bunch.

    January 26, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. filovirus

    This is the kind of crap that drives Health Care costs so high. Frivolous lawsuits.

    January 26, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. zaitrancer

    Dennis posted at 3:10pm: "Typical Democrat. It's always someone else's fault. No personal responsibility." No Dennis – it's not a typical Democrat – it's typically American. Here in Canada we get a fair share of American television channels and if you don't know if you're watching a Canadian or American channel the quickest and most sure fire way to tell is to wait until the commercial break to see if you get one commercial after another for lawyers advertising all kinds of reasons why you maybe have been wronged so you can give them a call – then you know it's an American station. Canadian stations carry virtually none of these ads. I'm just saying.....

    January 26, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. JB

    Hey, hey, hey, this is not the typical Democrat. I'm a crazy, secular, liberal whatever, and even I don't think much of Kucinich. I'm not sure where the $ 150,000 came from but obviously the aliens told him to ask for that much.

    January 26, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  13. jeff, alabama

    These are the nuts who
    are our government.
    Du ya think this liberal idiot
    is in favor of reigning in
    frivolous law suits like
    Obama mentioned last night ?
    Let him pay more for his
    medical insurance than his mortgage
    payment is like I do every month !!!

    January 26, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  14. Lucky Louie

    Kucinich used to be one of the few congressmen that I admired and respected for his strong principles. - sigh - Now there are none. It's sad to see that he's just another money-grubbing, irresponsible politician.

    January 26, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    His coffers are running dry. His constiutents got tired of the Howdy Doody look and stopped sending in cash. He had to make up the shortage from someplace.

    Pathetically embarrassing.
    Get your tooth fixed, bring lunch from home (the nation's broke you know), and shut the hell up.

    January 26, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. A Dentist

    I agree that he shows exactly what is wrong with Congress, Democrats, and America. No personal responsibility at all! Always point the finger elsewhere. I think that he should be happy to have a wife far hotter than he should be able to have and be given a high paying job with fantastic benefits that the vast majority of Americans would die for.

    BTW, if he needed a root canal and crown that would be $5-6k, or $6-7k for an implant and crown. At triple damages for pain and suffering, that would be $20-25K basically. What a DB!

    a Dentist

    January 26, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. annie s

    Oh brother. I have always respected Rep. Kucinich for his Progressive views. But this reeks of " frivolous lawsuit" – and it's dumb to boot!

    January 26, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  18. T3chsupport

    I'd definitely try to seek compensation for the repair of the tooth, but $150,000?
    That's just ridiculous. What a tool.

    January 26, 2011 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  19. TALKing point

    greedy greedy greedy for the human mistake!!!

    January 26, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. deb0155

    And, we're no fans of Dennis Kucinich! What an idiot! This man has nerve! He's complaining about a cracked tooth! He should feel lucky that he has health and dental insurance paid by the taxpayers of this country so that he can get his tooth fixed! Millions of Americans around the country who have lost jobs and their insurance cannot receive any medical care at all! And, many of them have cancer and cannot get their chemotherapy! I swear I don't know how this man can look in the mirror at himself every morning! He's disgusting!

    And as far as Dennis Kucinich sustaining significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment – he can stick it where the sun doesn't shine! DENNIS KUCINICH: I DARE YOU TO ASK YOUR FELLOW COUNTRYMEN JUST HOW MUCH SIGNIFICANT PAIN, SUFFERING AND LOSS OF ENJOYMENT WE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, HAVE SUSTAINED BECAUSE OF YOU AND OTHERS LIKE YOU IN OUR GOVERNMENT!

    This is exactly what's wrong with our country!

    January 26, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  21. Monster Zero

    As I have always stated, the problem with our Nation is LAWYERS...who comprises 99% of Congress? They should not be allowed to serve as they simply initiate self serving legislation, conflict of interest. We would be far better off if we had tradesman as our representatives, they have a knack for common sense and have actually earned their money through hard work rather than fleecing it out of someone else. Why legislate new immigration law when we don't enforce the existing ones? How is that Blago trial coming along now, anyone heard?

    January 26, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  22. Aaron P

    I'm a Democrat. He is an idiot. This will definately be in his competitors commercials against him next election. Way to go meathead. You do a deservice to all Democrats.

    January 26, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  23. Mickey, NY

    @jeff, alabama:

    ["...Let him pay more for his medical insurance than his mortgage payment is like I do every month !!!.."]

    Hey, Jeff...guess what? This is your lucky day! If you don't like your health insurance plan, under the new Health Care Reform you can now shop around for a lower priced plan!

    Ain't that grand? And while you're at it, you can thank a "liberal idiot" for lowering your health care costs...

    ...just sayin, is all...

    January 26, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Dennis, please contact me for my dentist's info. Even with the travel to CT it should cost a lot less than 150 large!

    January 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Bedtime for Obonzo

    The poster child for tort reform. If anyone doubted that he was a complete loon, that doubt is now removed.

    January 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
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