| Pizza Hut recently launched an
capitalizing on the current Presidential primary campaign, and the ad has upset
supporters of Dennis Kucinich's candidacy for President, the
Plain Dealer reported.
At issue is a Pizza Hut ad
that combines quotes from several presidential candidates, and specifically a
debate comment by Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) where he said he saw an actual
UFO. After the comment
was made in a debate, the Kucinich team quickly tried to minimize it, and now
Kucinich supporters have called for a boycott of Pizza hut for using the
Kucinich, while Mayor of Cleveland,
brought shame to the city by putting Cleveland in financial default. Critics at
the time called him the "boy Mayor" and Kucinich barely escaped a 1978 recall
election only to finish his term in disgrace. The battle at hand was if
Cleveland should retain ownership of Muni-Power, a small electric power
utility, or sell it to the areas much larger regional electric utility company.
Kucinich and his supporters claim that retaining ownership of Muni-Power has
proven to be a good choice for Cleveland in the long run.
A few years later, Mary Rose OaKar (D-OH) left
Congress in disgrace after being caught up in the Dan Rostenkowski (D-IL)
Congressional post-office scandal, and hand picked Kucinich to replace her.
Kucinich ran for office and won the primary in the strongly Democrat district,
assuring him an easy run in the general election. Despite his colorful career,
Kucinich has remained in Congress mainly because there has been no significant
Democrat challenger in the primaries for the seat he holds. After making even
more colorful comments than even recently, qualified candidates, both
Republican and Democrat have announced they will challenge Kucinich in the 2008
In the mean time, despite only receiving 1%
support in the last presidential election cycle, Kucinich is running for the
presidency again. Some of his supports have taken exception to the Pizza Hut ad
because it reminds people of one of Kucinich's most colorful statements ever
when he said he saw a UFO. The boycott calls in
this case have brought more attention to the Pizza Hut ad and Kucinich's UFO
sighting than to Kucinich as a potentially viable candidate. As such, this
boycott call against Pizza Hut is backfiring by bringing more attention to the
"Pizza Mia" ad.