State Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, says his Republican challenger has taken his reluctance to use the word “pee” on the floor of the House and turned it into a “cowardly” accusation that the lawmaker engaged in illegal drug use while serving as an officer in the U.S. Army.
The incident arises from this year’s debate over a bill to require welfare recipients to submit to random drug tests. Holcomb, an opponent of the measure, took to the well and recounted his experience in the military.
“I’ll also tell you, as someone who went through that – my luck isn’t always the best, and I would always get the call after I had – you know. And so, then I would have to sit there, and drink bottles and bottles of water until I could finally do what I needed to do take the test. It can have a real impact on productivity.”
Said Holcomb in an interview this morning: “I was talking about going to the bathroom, but wasn’t I wasn’t going to say that on the floor of the House.” At the time, Republicans got the joke. In this video of Holcomb’s entire remarks, you can see state Rep. Matt Dollar,R-Marietta, playfully hand him a bottle of water.
But the TV ad put out by Holcomb’s GOP opponent, Chris Boedeker, cuts Holcomb’s remarks at “you know” — letting the viewer infer that the lawmaker was confessing to drug use. It then links the drug use accusation to Holcomb’s opposition to the drug-testing bill. The spot was first posted at PeachPundit.com, and can now be found at Huffington Post:
“Chris Boedeker is a liar and a coward. He and his colleagues know that this ad is untrue. Republicans should be ashamed that their money is being used for this,” Holcomb said.
Boedeker and his campaign declined to comment on the TV ad, or Holcomb’s characterizations. The spot was intended for weekend use on cable TV in the district, which stretches from northern Atlanta into DeKalb County.
Don’t be surprised if that never happens.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider