(press release from the
Libertarian Party's Drug War Task Force)
The Libertarian candidate
running against Georgia Rep. Bob Barr has kicked off a television ad campaign
featuring a multiple sclerosis victim who lashes out against the Congressman
for his crusade against medical marijuana.
"The ads are designed to
put a human face on the cruel and destructive war on medical marijuana
victims," says Carole Ann Rand. "Bob Barr has staked out a fanatical,
extreme position on this issue, and I'm going to make sure that voters
The ads started running in
Barr's district on Tuesday night on Fox News, CNN, TNT, Comedy Central
and MSNBC. The initial purchase of 1,000 30-second spots will run
in Forsyth and Cherokee counties, and a second buy is scheduled for the
rest of the district later this week, Rand says.
The 30-second ad opens with
a shot of multiple sclerosis sufferer Cheryl Miller lying on a stretcher
as an announcer asks: "Why does Bob Barr want this woman in jail?"
Miller introduces herself as a medical marijuana user and says, "Bob Barr
thinks I should be in jail for using my medicine. Why would you do
that to me, Bob?"
The ad concludes: "When
the Drug War turns on our own sick and dying, it's just gone too far --
and so has Bob Barr."
Rand is running the ads,
which were produced by the national Libertarian Party, in an attempt to
cause Barr to lose in the August 20 primary election against fellow Republican
"We've targeted Barr for
defeat because he is the most rabid drug warrior in Congress," Rand said.
"While terrorists plot more attacks on our country, Barr is urging federal
agents to spend their time -- and your money -- arresting medical marijuana
patients in California.
"Barr's cruel war on the
sick and dying isn't just immoral, it also makes Americans more vulnerable
to real, violent criminals and terrorists because police can't be in two
places at once."
A recent Gallup poll shows
that 73 percent of Americans support medical marijuana, Rand pointed out
-- indicating that Barr is far out of the mainstream on the issue.
The TV ads are part of the
Libertarian Party's "Incumbent Killer Strategy," which targets for defeat
the worst drug warriors in Congress, whether Republican or Democrat.
The ad can be viewed at http://www.randforcongress.com
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Issue #249, 8/9/02
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