Meet Dennis Kucinich

A UFO and Shirley MacLaine Changed his Life
Dennis Kucinich was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1946. He has a Bachelor and a Master of Arts degree in speech and communication from Cleveland State University.

He started his political career in 1967 at the age of 23 when he ran, unsuccessfully, for a seat on the Cleveland City Council. From 1977 to 1979 he was the mayor of Cleveland. At thirty-one years of age, he was the youngest mayor of a major city in the United States.

During the 2 years he was Mayor, Dennis had some wild ups and downs. When he refused to sell the publicly owned electric utility, Muni Light, the Cleveland mafia put out a hit on him. A hit man from Maryland planned to shoot him in the head during the Columbus Day Parade, but the plot fell apart when Kucinich was hospitalized and missed the event. When the city fell into default shortly thereafter, the mafia leaders called off the contract killer.

In 1979, after losing his re-election bid for Mayor, he struggled to find employment and moved to Los Angeles, where he lived for 3 years with his friend, actress Shirley MacLaine.

In Shirley MacLaine’s 2007 book, Sage-ing While Age-ing, the actress makes an interesting claim: During a visit to her home in Washington state, Kucinich said he saw a UFO and heard messages from it.

“Dennis found his encounter extremely moving,” MacLaine writes. “The smell of roses drew him out to my balcony where, when he looked up, he saw a gigantic triangular craft, silent, and observing him.
“It hovered, soundless, for 10 minutes or so, and sped away with a speed he couldn’t comprehend. He said he felt a connection in his heart and heard directions in his mind.”

Without a steady paycheck, Kucinich fell behind in his mortgage payments, nearly lost his house in Cleveland, and ended up borrowing money from friends, including MacLaine, to keep it.

In 1982 Dennis moved back to Cleveland to run for Secretary of State – and lost. When a city councilman died he won the seat in a special election. He gave up the city council seat to run for governor, but lost.

From 1985 to 1994 he moved to New Mexico to live with a spiritual healer at the urging of his friend, Shirley MacLaine. Christine Griscom, a self-described spiritual teacher and healer whose Light Institute in Galisteo, N.M., promises ”multi-incarnational exploration” and ”access to your higher self.”

In 1994 went back to Ohio and won election to the Ohio Senate in 1994, and the United States House in 1996.

Kucinich is a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus – the largest caucus within the Democratic Party. Also a member of Progressive Democrats of America, which is a political action committee operating inside the Democratic Party. It was founded during the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Massachusetts.

Currently PDA consists of a large group of progressive grassroots activists and politicians including Dean and Kucinich, U.S. Representatives John Conyers, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Barbara Lee, Jesse Jackson, James Zogby, Tom Hayden, Medea Benjamin, and Tim Carpenter.

In 1998 and 2004 he was a US delegate to the United Nations convention on climate change.

In 2007, Kucinich began an initiative to create a Department of Peace and Nonviolence.

He is a vegetarian who won’t consume any animal products at all, including milk and honey. After his recent flight on Air Force One, to discuss the healthcare bill with the president, Kucinich’s wife was given a job with Michelle Obama to help convince Americans that a vegan life will keep them healthy.

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