CLEVELAND – Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich has claimed he saw a UFO, according to Shirley MacLaine in her new book, “Sage-Ing While Age-Ing.”

Kucinich “had a close sighting over my home in Graham, Washington, when I lived there,” wrote the actress, a close Kucinich friend. “Dennis found his encounter extremely moving. 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.”

Kucinich’s campaign and congressional representatives did not return calls and e-mail asking whether the Cleveland Democrat, now in his sixth congressional term, in fact saw a UFO or if there was some other explanation for MacLaine’s recollection.

MacLaine is a well-known believer in UFOs and reincarnation. And she’s been close to Kucinich for decades. MacLaine is the godmother of Kucinich’s daughter and attended Kucinich’s 2005 Cleveland wedding to his third wife, Elizabeth, who’s often campaigning by his side.

MacLaine also recommended in the 1980s that Kucinich visit New Mexico spiritual adviser Chris Griscom, whom MacLaine featured in her then-best-selling book, “Dancing in the Light,” describing how Griscom helped her communicate with trees. Kucinich has insisted that Griscom was not his spiritual adviser but a “teacher and a very good friend.”

MacLaine, who shares Kucinich’s opposition to using weapons in space, doesn’t shed any more light in her book on Kucinich’s close encounter, including when it happened. Her book goes on sale next month.

PH END NAYMIK

(Mark Naymik is politics writer for The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. He can be contacted at mnaymik(at)plaind.com. Plain Dealer Washington bureau chief Stephen Koff contributed to this report.)

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