Despite Pay Wall, Washington Biz Journal Was Hot on Kucinich Olive Pit Story

Those pesky pay walls can make it difficult to see who did what and when.

Washington Business Journal reported the story of Rep. Dennis Kucinich and the apparently giant enough to hurt his tooth olive pit on Jan. 21, a full five days before Gawker on Jan. 26, which cited a pdf from Courthouse News Service. The story was written by their InnerLoop columnist Melissa Castro.

They sent me a link that links to an entirely different story, but blissfully there was also a cut and paste. Read an excerpt of her story after the jump. Kucinich doesn’t comment for hers, either. But she does get an Ohioan in the newsroom to brave a comment (anonymously…).

.. As Democratic members of Congress scramble to extend olive branches to Republicans bent on repealing health care reform, one Democrat is busy suing over an olive-induced dental disaster.

One-time presidential hopeful Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is suing four foodservice vendors that supply food to the Longworth House Office Building. At issue is a sandwich wrap Kucinich bought in the cafeteria on April 17, 2008. According to the $150,000 suit Kucinich filed, “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 claims the suspect olive inflicted “serious and permanent dental and oral injuries requiring multiple surgical and dental procedures.”

To quote one of our many Ohio natives in this newsroom, “Dennis! We thought you were cool-crazy, not crazy-crazy!”

Kucinich did not respond to a request for comment.