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  Medical Marijuana Ads Play Role in Defeat of Barr
Posted by CN Staff on August 21, 2002 at 14:47:32 PT
Press Release 
Source: Libertarian Party 

medical The “worst Drug Warrior in Congress” has lost his seat -- and the Libertarian Party appears to have played a small role in making it happen.

U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, an outspoken opponent of medical marijuana, was defeated by Rep. John Linder in a Republican primary election in Georgia on August 20. With 82% of precincts reporting, Linder had 67% of the vote to Barr’s 33%, prompting Barr’s concession.

Over the past two weeks, Barr had been the target of a barrage of television ads produced by the Libertarian Party. The ads were run by Carole Ann Rand, the LP candidate for U.S. House in Georgia’s 7th Congressional district.

“Barr’s defeat is a victory for every American who believes that doctors and patients -- rather than politicians -- should be making medical decisions,” said Rand. “Like Babe Ruth pointing to a spot in the bleachers and hitting a home run, we pointed at our target and helped knock him out of Congress.”

The campaign to bump Bob Barr was the first test of the Libertarian Party’s “Incumbent Killer Strategy,” which is targeting the worst drug warriors in Congress for defeat.

The Rand campaign purchased approximately $40,000 worth of television advertising spots to attack the four-term incumbent -- including spots on broadcast networks Fox and NBC.

The ad also aired about 4,000 times on cable systems in the district.

While the amount of money the LP spent on the ads was small compared to overall spending in the hard-fought campaign, LP Political Director Ron Crickenberger said the issue-based ad, which features a multiple sclerosis sufferer and medical marijuana patient, quickly became a “lightening rod for publicity.”

“Both Barr and Linder ran personality-based, feel-good ads -- leaving us a huge opportunity to inject our issue into the public debate,” he said.

The Libertarian ad campaign received heavy coverage from newspapers throughout the district, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the most widely circulated newspaper in the state.

The hard-hitting commercial was also a frequent topic on talk radio, and was touted by Neal Boortz, an Atlanta-based talk radio host and Libertarian Party member.

Barr’s “out-of-touch” position on medical marijuana may have alienated many of the Congressman’s supporters -- and cost him votes, said Crickenberger, who produced the ad.

“With polls showing 73% support for medical marijuana, we were able to dramatize how out of step Barr is with ordinary voters,” he said. “And while Barr’s loss was attributable to many factors, it’s clear that these ads put another nail into his political coffin.”

The LP’s “Incumbent Killer Strategy” is one component of the party’s comprehensive plan to end federal drug prohibition within the decade.

Future targets include U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchison (R-AR), U.S. Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA), U.S. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), and U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla (R-TX). All have been marked for defeat in the November 2002 general election.

“With this victory, we have fired a warning shot for every drug warrior in Congress to hear,” said Crickenberger. “And any member of Congress -- Democrat or Republican -- who introduces legislation to make federal drug laws even more oppressive could be next on our list.”

Complete Title: Medical Marijuana Ads Play Role in Defeat of U.S. Rep. Bob Barr

To view the ads, visit: http://www.randforcongress.com

Newshawk: Nicholas Thimmesch - http://www.norml.org/
Source: Libertarian Party
Published: August 21, 2002
Copyright: 1994-2001 The Libertarian Party
Website: http://www.lp.org/
Contact: http://www.lp.org/contact.html
DL: http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0210/barr.html

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Comment #21 posted by Dan B on August 22, 2002 at 07:40:37 PT
On Ad Campaigns
People often get upset at politicians who run "mud-slinging" ads against their opponents. Isay, if there's mud to sling, there is no better time to sling it than during a political campaign. The ad campaign against Bob Barr is a very good example.

This kind of "mud-slinging" is issues based, and I am happy to see it. Here in Texas, we have a governor's race between Bush's successor (Rick Perry) and a Texas oil man (Tony Sanchez). Not much of a decision, and a wonderful opportunity for third party candidates, save the fact that 68% of Texas voted Bush for president, which should tell you a thing or two about the politics in this state. I don't care for either candidate, but I love watching their ads because all they do is sling mud back and forth about the issues. I'd rather see them slinging mud about the issues than not addressing the issues at all.

So, when I hear that the Libertarian Party's ads had an impact on sending Bob Barr packing, I say "Thank You, Libertarians!" And I hope they have plenty of mud left in their arsenals for the next crooked politicians on their list.

Dan B

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Comment #20 posted by 2Spooky on August 22, 2002 at 07:29:51 PT
Great numbers, FoM!
You are doing a good job. =) Always nice to know one is making a difference. Thanks =)

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Comment #19 posted by monvor on August 22, 2002 at 07:23:28 PT
Personal victory
I feel proud that I invested in the campaign to defeat BB. I hope this SOB never so much as gets a seat at the City Council! Long live the LP!

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Comment #18 posted by john wayne on August 21, 2002 at 23:36:18 PT
one small detail
how is Linder on med pot/drug war issues?

In the story, the LP crows about how it brought Barr down, but nothing is said about Linder's position.

Another small detail. Barr was one of the few voices in congress questioning GW Bush and the war on terrorism.



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Comment #17 posted by FoM on August 21, 2002 at 22:07:47 PT
bbbb
I sure think they are good too. Without you and everyone they wouldn't be what they are. Hope you are doing ok.

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Comment #16 posted by karkulus on August 21, 2002 at 22:01:55 PT
how Cynthia A. McKinney got "burnt"....
A bit off-topic but relevant to the elections ;here's a good story explaining what happened: though I voted Libertarian for past 10 yrs,I don't like lying campaigns...http://www.counterpunch.com/

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Comment #15 posted by bbbb on August 21, 2002 at 22:00:17 PT
....FoM....
. wow those numbers are amazing thanx for posting it .

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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 21, 2002 at 20:34:10 PT
For Those Who Are Interested
I know we are growing and making a difference and here is one reason why I know.

Here are a few stats the way I keep track of them. I see such variation in stats on the Net that I don't know what is right or how you tell but front page hits and accessed times on the articles I understand. This is the total on this month so far. This is about the average lately if anyone wants to know.

3,120 Front Page Hits Today ( I write them down everyday at the same time that's how I know.) - Today was in the top ten for page hits ever.

1230376 Total Hits up until August 20th
391446 Total PAGE Hits

1028 /news/thread13635.shtml
961 /news/thread13700.shtml
870 /news/thread13755.shtml
775 /news/thread13658.shtml
718 /news/thread13721.shtml
706 /news/thread13718.shtml
702 /news/thread13652.shtml
701 /news/thread13614.shtml
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686 /news/thread13675.shtml
684 /news/thread13610.shtml
679 /news/thread13661.shtml


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Comment #13 posted by Patrick on August 21, 2002 at 20:20:45 PT
Land of Oz?
Ding Dong the witch is dead~~~! For a term anyway. Damn good news! yes indeed yes indeed

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Comment #12 posted by p4me on August 21, 2002 at 19:44:44 PT
MPP.org press release on Barr's defeat
A few weeks ago Cannabisnews.com had a ranking in the 90,000 to 91,000 at Alexa.com. Today the ranking is 87,083. Oprah is 2133 by the way.

----So here is the MPP press release:-------------------

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 20, 2002

Medical Marijuana Patients Celebrate: Georgia Rep. Bob Barr Defeated in GOP Primary

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Rep. Bob Barr (R-GA), perhaps the most rabid enemy medical marijuana patients faced in the U.S. House of Representatives, was defeated in Georgia's 7th District Republican primary today.

"This is glorious news for people who need medical marijuana to help them battle the symptoms of cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and other terrible illnesses," said Robert Kampia, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project (MPP). "This will re-energize our campaign to protect medical marijuana patients here in the District of Columbia." MPP is sponsoring Initiative 63, the Medical Marijuana Initiative of 2002, which is expected to be on this November's ballot in Washington, D.C.

D.C. voters passed a medical marijuana measure, Initiative 59, by a two-to-one margin in 1998, but a series of amendments sponsored by Barr have prevented the initiative from taking effect. "Barr showed his contempt for democracy by trying to stop the votes from being counted," Kampia recalled. "When that got shot down in court, he still succeeded in thwarting the will of the District's voters by attaching a rider to the D.C. appropriations bill barring the measure from taking effect."

When Cheryl Miller, who uses marijuana to relieve the disabling pain and spasms of multiple sclerosis, joined two other medical marijuana patients at an October 1999 protest at Barr's Capitol office, the congressman scornfully referred to her as a "prop."

But Miller appears to have had the last laugh. She appeared in an emotional television commercial on behalf of Carol Ann Rand, the Libertarian Party's 7th district candidate. In the ad, shown over 3,000 times on local cable and broadcast TV, Miller -- bedridden and obviously very ill -- says, "Bob Barr thinks I should be in jail for using my medicine. Why would you do that to me, Bob?"

While victorious Rep. John Linder has not been a supporter of medical marijuana, he has not been a leader of the opposition like Barr. "This is a huge boost for our new Washington, D.C., medical marijuana initiative," Kampia said. "With our most vicious opponent out of the way, we now have a real chance to protect patients here in the nation's capital."

The Marijuana Policy Project works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana -- both the consumption of marijuana and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. In association with Students for Sensible Drug Policy, MPP will hold its first national conference -- featuring a special appearance by comedian Bill Maher -- on November 8-10 in Anaheim, California.

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Comment #11 posted by st1r_dude on August 21, 2002 at 18:30:58 PT
This is going to get the pols attention -
While the amount of money the LP spent on the ads was small compared to overall spending in the hard-fought campaign, LP Political Director Ron Crickenberger said the issue-based ad, which features a multiple sclerosis sufferer and medical marijuana patient, quickly became a “lightening rod for publicity.”

“Both Barr and Linder ran personality-based, feel-good ads -- leaving us a huge opportunity to inject our issue into the public debate,” he said.

I love seeing intelligence like this working so well - may this be a benchmark example of how strong grass root campaigning can make a BIG difference in the outcome...

I hope to see results like this all over the states until each of the prohibitionists are out of office and in the unemployment line....YES !!!

st1d and smiling, smiling, smiling.......hee hee

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Comment #10 posted by FoM on August 21, 2002 at 18:06:25 PT
I'm So Proud of Mike
Mike Plylar - Colorado

State Representative District 57

Candidate Web Site
http://www.plylar.org/


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Comment #9 posted by FoM on August 21, 2002 at 18:03:19 PT
Libertarian Candidates Running In Different States
I went to look for Libertarians running in Ohio and thought you might want to check out your state.

http://www.lp.org/campaigns/candidates.php?year=2002

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Comment #8 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on August 21, 2002 at 17:46:17 PT
You're Souder-here!
When is the Ohio primary? Is Souder up for re-election this time?

And does anyone know if the other incumbent who soundly defeated "Bob" Barr is much better on the drug war issue?

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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on August 21, 2002 at 16:32:34 PT
I'd like them to think
We are a serious force to be reckoned with.

They should come to consider Our Ire their quick and certain demise.

To even look at them, should make the prohibitionists shudder.

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Comment #6 posted by The GCW on August 21, 2002 at 16:26:27 PT
This should not be a warning shot.
Who's next?

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Comment #5 posted by Industrial Strength on August 21, 2002 at 15:47:07 PT
How
on Earth do these people get elected in the first place? Money and blood?

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Comment #4 posted by VitaminT on August 21, 2002 at 15:28:50 PT
Souder yes!
But don't forget the inane droning strains of Rep. John Mica (R - Florida) Never have I seen a more mindless wind bag!

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Comment #3 posted by Industrial Strength on August 21, 2002 at 15:24:27 PT
this is great
I really love this story! Run high, gun high, LP style... Keep on driving home those nails!

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Comment #2 posted by FoM on August 21, 2002 at 15:20:43 PT
Check This Out! Strange Days Indeed!
Clinton Mulls Talk Show Options

Wed Aug 21, 5:21 PM ET

By Steve Gorman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Coming up next -- Politicians who don't inhale and the people who love them! Which is better, boxers or briefs? And, when is sex NOT sex? All this and more on ... "Today with Bill."

Network executives aren't talking, but informed sources said Wednesday that representatives of former President Bill Clinton are in discussions with CBS about developing a syndicated talk show to be hosted by the 56-year-old former commander-in-chief.

http://dailynews.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=638&ncid=762&e=1&u=/nm/20020821/en_nm/television_clinton_dc_4

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Comment #1 posted by karkulus on August 21, 2002 at 15:08:08 PT
Souder Sucks,too!
Congressman Mark Souder (R-Indiana),makes Barr look like "King of the Rocket scientists" when it comes to Drug policy,..I've seen him on C-SPAN during "free speech hour" or whatever they call it where they can give up to an hour speech on any topic ,Blather on in such an un-intelligent way that he sounds like a third-grader giving a book report (and poorly,at that) He's the one responsable for the infamous "Smoke a joint-lose your student loan" law.If he had the I.Q. ,he would fill Barr's shoes in a second!..I hope the Libertarians work against him next..

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