October 14 - 2003: Cranberries help pols win elections

Had actor Gary Coleman hired those Cranberry PR folks, he'd been elected governor of California instead of Arnold Schwarzenegger
The late Gary Coleman (1968-2010).

2003: Could Cranberries help elect Gary Coleman governor?

This week in 2003 the Christian Science Monitor was advising politicians to eat more cranberries if they wanted to win in November.

Below is the start of that cautionary tale:

Cranberries kick the can

The fall fruit no longer appears only as jellied sauce in a can. It now stars in soups, cereals, and maybe elections.

To all politicians running for office in the next election, here's some free advice: Grab, hire, lure, shanghai whoever has been running the public-relations campaign for cranberries in the United States during the past few decades.

Had actor Gary Coleman* hired those cranberry PR folks, he'd be governor of California.

Why? Look around your supermarket. Cranberries are everywhere, in everything: breakfast cereals, ice cream, sparkling water, jams and jellies, candy bars, pies, cold soups, chutneys, granola, muffins. There's even a cranberry ketchup. And juice. Especially juice. And not just plain cranberry juice. It's getting more difficult to find a juice that doesn't have cranberries - Cranapple, Cranraspberry, Crangrape. In fact, today most cranberries go into juice production. Not surprising. It takes about 4,400 berries to produce every gallon of cranberry juice.

Read the rest of the story here.

*In 2003, the "Diff'rent Strokes" star ran for governor in California against Ariana Huffington, Gallagher and the eventual winner Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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