Erstwhile Pot-Smoking Hippie Senate Candidate Whines About Being Compared With Pot-Smoking Hippies
Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO), who was pulled over and arrested for (and subsequently pled guilty to) marijuana possession in 1972, and who voted in favor of Dennis Kucinich's Department of Peace and Non-Violence (but against funding the troops), is a candidate for U.S. Senate this year. The aging hipster's campaign is so exciting, even Norman Hsu was inspired to contribute to it.
Now, Congressman Moonbeam is crying foul over an ostensibly buzz-harshing ad by Freedom's Watch that lampoons Udall's hard-earned reputation as a stoner and a peacenik.
Mark Udall is not a happy camper, and Freedom's Watch is taking all the credit. As Josh wrote yesterday, the conservative organization is up with a new ad slamming the Democratic Senate candidate for voting for a Department of Peace.
An attorney representing Udall's campaign fired off a letter to at least two television stations in Denver yesterday demanding that the ad, which shows an aging hippie bragging about the legislation, originally sponsored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich, near his beat up Volkswagen van, be yanked from the airwaves.
"The offensive representations and slanderous image directly tie Mark Udall to the use and promotion of marijuana. This is an outrageous portrayal that finds no credence whatsoever in fact" Friednash wrote to Cornetta. "Further, there is nothing in the Department of Peace legislation that authorizes the purchase of a van or that says one of the activities of the Department will be smoking marijuana in a smoke filled van."
True... but I'm not sure that was one of the ad's implications (nor is the legality of van purchasing a particularly controversial issue).
Watch the offending ad below.
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