- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2013

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska has taken offense to a Domino’s Pizza ad that claims “no one has ever come up with a world-changing idea over halibut.”

So the Democrat decided to send a lighthearted letter and a fillet to Domino’s CEO J. Patrick Doyle at the pizza chain’s corporate headquarters in Michigan.

“It occurs to me that your pizza preference may be the result of an uninformed palate, so I’ve sent you a delicious Alaska halibut filet for your edible edification,” Mr. Begich wrote. “I know you’ll enjoy this tasty treat and hope it will become the first of many fresh Alaska fillets you will feast on in the future.”

Mr. Begich took issue with ad because halibut, as he describes it in the letter, is a “staple” of Alaskans’ diet and important to the state’s coastal economies.

“Why are you hatin’ on our halibut?” he asked Mr. Doyle.

The senator also said Alaskans tend to engage in rigorous labor, such as logging and mining, and partake in winter sports like snowboarding — all of which require “healthy energy” from omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins found in the fish.

“And though we occasionally consume food delivered in a flat cardboard box, we prefer heartier fare knowing that a trip to the mailbox may require extra energy to confront an ornery moose or a hungry bear,” Mr. Begich wrote.

• Tom Howell Jr. can be reached at thowell@washingtontimes.com.

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