Kucinich settles dispute over olive
January 28th, 2011
06:07 PM ET
12 years ago

Kucinich settles dispute over olive

Washington (CNN) – Democratic Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich has settled his $150,000 lawsuit against the House cafeteria responsible for serving him with a pitted olive, and along with it, a broken tooth.

Citing the "clamor for information," Kucinich released a detailed account of his dental ordeal complete with descriptions of the split tooth, excruciating pain and "numerous dental visits."

In a letter e-mailed to his campaign listserv and posted on his website, Kucinich explained balking at initial requests for such information stating, "Thought I would prefer to focus your attention on my work dealing with the profoundly important issues that face our nation … Given the degree of public interest you should know some details." He also recounts a reluctance to "trying the case in the media."

According to Kucinich, the pit sparked a chain of events that involved "three dental surgeries," "six replacement teeth" and "a substantial amount of money to rectify."

And he didn't have the help of insurance. "To clarify, no dental expenses were covered by any health plan, nor did I have dental insurance that covered the injury."

The Ohio Congressman expressed his satisfaction in the resolution of the matter with the cafeteria located inside the Longworth Office Building, saying, "The parties have exchanged information and after some investigation and discussion have resolved … for an amount all parties believe reflects the actual out-of-pocket expenses … I don't want to have to make another dental visit for a very long time, and will be making no further comment on this matter."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Rickster

    Typical democrat.....what a weasel.

    January 28, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  2. jobo

    He sues for something he put into his own mouth and he's too irresponsible (because we know he's got the money) to carry health insurance?
    What a child!
    I could easliy imagine a worse presidential candidate but why would I want to?

    January 28, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. Katie

    Hey at least you have the health and dental care to replace such a thing...some of us don't

    January 28, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. Econ Guy

    Read Dennis realized his idiotic attempt at extortion while people struggle to pay bills might screw him royally in 2012.

    January 28, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  5. Chiclet

    Wait, why doesn't he have dental insurance? And how did he break 6 teeth on one olive pit?

    January 28, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  6. Inmyopinion

    How come dental work is not covered by health insurance when the mouth is part of the human body???? Dental fees are extremely, ridiculously high and I don't see anyone doing something about it, maybe Kucinich can bring attention to this matter.

    January 28, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  7. Sgt Schultz

    Yeah Dennis is right. Who really cares about his personal issues or cracked teeth. Not sure why this has been reported 2 days in a row now.

    January 28, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  8. shane

    I guess he's bled the American taxpayer til we have nothing to give. At least he was able to shake down a restaurant. I bet Jessee Jackson sold him the play book to do it.

    January 28, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  9. cari

    What a pansy. Really....an Olive Pit? Some of us out here have cancer, heart disease and worse with NO health insurance. And he has the hutzpah to sue for 150k? That is not someone who should claim they are serving the public and making sacrifices. He should be ashamed of himself and go back to Keebler Cave he crawled out of.

    January 28, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  10. Floridian

    "To clarify, no dental expenses were covered by any health plan, nor did I have dental insurance that covered the injury." Really?! No dental insurance?! PUH LEEZE!!

    January 28, 2011 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Sir Craig

    And it only took him three years to file his lawsuit. (Thanks for leaving that part of the story out, CNN.) What took him so long?

    January 28, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Randy, San Francisco

    Kucinich's behavior makes the argument for tort reform.

    January 28, 2011 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  13. mfmg

    MFMG This is quite a good example of sue, sue, sue,!!! The guy is pathetic. When we get older we have teeth just waiting for something to cause a problem and he is acting like a big baby! How old is he??

    January 28, 2011 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. kimberly in Oregon

    I love Anderson Cooper, but didnt think he was right to mock this man over the suit. If he had thousands upon thousands in dental bills, he has a right to sue for the medical bills. I am not a fan, but give me a break AC, this man didnt belong on the ridiculist at all!!! I say YOU should apologize mr cooper!

    January 28, 2011 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  15. lynn

    Don't blame him, but watch the Republican's making it sound like a superfulous lawsuit. Companies and doctors would never be sued if they did the right thing, but if they don't, they need to be responsible and pay up.

    January 28, 2011 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. M S T

    Poor guy. I don't get why people are blasting him for this. It's a perfectly valid reason to sue.

    January 28, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |