Kucinich: My Life's The Pits
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) would like his supporters to know that he has settled his lawsuit against the House cafeteria over an olive pit he bit into nearly three years ago - and he'd like them to know in excruciating detail the effects that wayward pit had on him.
Kucinich had been seeking $150,000 in damages from Restaurant Associates, which operated the Longworth Cafeteria where he bit into a sandwich wrap and cracked a tooth on an olive pit. In the original court filing, Kucinich's attorneys argued that the ""sandwich wrap was unwholesome and unfit for human consumption, in that it was represented to contain pitted olives."
In a Friday afternoon email to supporters, which was also posted to his campaign website, Kucinich mocks the media attention paid to his suit this week. The Cleveland congressman writes that he would "prefer to focus your attention on my work dealing with the profoundly importing issues of the nation, such as job creation, getting the economy back on track, and ending the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq - it seems that some are more interested in discussing my personal dental issues. Given the degree of public interest you should know some detail."
And detail them he does. Kucinich writes of how the pit caused his tooth to "split in half, vertically through the crown and the tooth, below the level of the bone." But, he adds, although the "pain was excruciating," he went back to work nonetheless. However, the tooth anchored his upper bridgework, forcing the bone above the tooth to become infected. As a result of that infection, he was prescribed antibiotics, but an "adverse reaction to the antibiotics caused him "to have an intestinal obstruction and emergency medical intervention."