Ohio congressman - once presidential candidate - sues over olive pit in sandwich

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) - Ohio

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio has sued a congressional cafeteria for dental damage he says he suffered after biting into an olive pit in an "unwholesome and unfit for human consumption" sandwich wrap he bought there.

Kucinich 's attorney, Andrew Young, declined to comment Wednesday on the lawsuit seeking $150,000 in damages from companies involved with the Longworth House Office Building cafeteria in Washington, DC.

The suit says the wrap "contained dangerous substances, namely an olive pit" that a consumer would not reasonably expect to find in the product served. The suit says that Kucinich suffered "serious and permanent" dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures.

As written in the lawsuit, Kucinich claims, "said 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."

Kucinich 's lawsuit says the Ohio Democrat bought the sandwich on or about April 17, 2008; however, the suit was filed in Jan. 2010.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)