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Thursday, October 18, 2012

State House hopeful tries to paint incumbent as Tommy Chong, fails

The battle to represent House District 81 between state Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Chamblee, and Republican attorney Chris Boedeker is a testy one. And it's produced one arguably the most hilarious ads of the election season.

In the spot, a man speaking into what sounds like a 1980s pay phone says Holcomb, who served in the U.S. Army as a lawyer and was deployed overseas three times to Bosnia and Iraq, "talks about using illegal drugs" while in military. And that's why he doesn't think people receiving welfare benefits should be tested for drugs. Stick with us for a second. The spot then cuts to video of Holcomb speaking from the well of the state House of Representatives during debate over House Bill 861, a controversial piece of legislation which would have required welfare recipients to submit to random drug tests.

Holcomb was one of the proposal's biggest opponents. He even introduced a bill that would have required state lawmakers to take drug tests, a proposal which earned him media attention and an Arnie Award from CL — not to mention some scorn from fellow lawmakers. Standing at the lectern, Holcomb recalled how, while in the Army, "he'd always get the call [to take a random drug test] after I had... you know." Cue the ominous dun and slow-motion footage of Holcomb making a hand gesture that's eerily similar to someone puffing on a joint. The idea being that the lawmaker was always asked to pee in a cup shortly after smoking weed. And notice the nose rubbing! Here's the hilarious ad:

But when you watch Holcomb's unedited speech, you realize that he's talking about being asked to submit a sample shortly after emptying his bladder, forcing him to drink bottles of water to produce enough urine for a test. Not smoking weed. State Rep. Matt Dollar, R-Marietta, even fetches Holcomb a bottle of water, which he places on the lectern, as a joke. Holcomb starts mentioning his concerns with the legislation's "random testing" component and his military experience around 4:53. The nose rubbing and talk of water bottles follows. Here it is:

Holcomb blasted Boedker's ad, calling it the "shameless act of a desperate coward."

"Chris Boedeker has no record of service, so his campaign is bult on saying lies about my actual record," Holcomb told CL. "I have an impeccable service record of 12 years in the military, I'm proud that i served and i think about those with whom I've served every day. They were honorable people. Chris Boedeker is a liar and a coward. He wasn't tough enough to serve so all he can do is lie about my record. He and his Republican colleagues know this ad is untrue. Republican money is paying for this ad. Republicans should be ashamed and denounce Chris Boedeker for what he is."

We've sent Boedeker a line and will update when we hear word.

UPDATE, 2:56 p.m.: As one commenter pointed out, Boedeker's ad has since been removed from YouTube.

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