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Thursday
Jan272011

Kucinich Suing Congressional Cafeteria for Unsavory Olive

Photo Courtesy - Kucinich[dot]house[dot[gov(WASHINGTON) -- It's not necessarily because the food is no good there, but Rep. Dennis Kucinich is suing four venders that supply the congressional cafeteria because he bit into a sandwich wrap containing an unpitted olive, resulting in a cracked tooth for the Ohio Democrat.

When asked whether he could confirm or comment on the suit, a spokesman with Kucinich, D-Ohio, told ABC News "no comment, sorry" and abruptly ended the phone call.

A complaint filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia says Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent dental and oral injuries" in the incident and asserts that the tainted 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.”

The complaint further states that Kucinich “could not visually detect” the unpitted olive prior to consumption.

Kucinich, who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, bought the sandwich from the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria on April 17, 2008, according to the complaint.

The complaint also says that Kucinich “sustained serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgery and oral procedures”  and claims Kucinich has sustained other damages, “including significant pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment.”

Kucinich is seeking $150,000 in damages, plus interest and costs, from Restaurant Associates, which manages the cafeteria, and three other businesses that stock and help run the operation.

Andrew Young, Kucinich's lawyer who filed the suit, said that the firm -- Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy in Cleveland, Ohio -- is not releasing any immediate comment except to say that this is a personal matter and that the firm does not want to have the case litigated in the press.

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