Alabama congressional candidate shoots up Obamacare bill in new ad

2:56 PM 03/26/2014
Alex Pappas

An Alabama congressional candidate uses a .40 Glock pistol, a .270 Cooper rifle and an AR-15 to destroy a copy of the Obamacare bill in a new video released by his campaign.

The message in candidate Will Brooke’s video, shared first with The Daily Caller on Wednesday, is clear: Republicans have been successful in taking shots at Obamacare, but it’s going to take “more extreme measures” to get rid of it.

“We’re down here to have a little fun today and talk about two serious subjects: the Second Amendment, and see how much damage we can do to this copy of Obamacare,” Brooke, sitting on the tailgate of a pick-up truck, says in the video.

Brooke, leaning on the thousands of pages of Obamacare, holds a copy of the Constitution in his hand while his rifle rests nearby.

The video shows him using a variety of firearms to shoot the copy of the bill. But when the bill is not completely destroyed, he turns to another piece of equipment.

“Well we had some fun and knocked some holes in it,” Brooke tells the camera, “but we didn’t quite get the job done. Looks like we’ll have to resort to more extreme measures to get rid of Obamacare and replace it with a market based solution.”

That’s when the Altec Whisper Chipper comes into play.

Brooke, a business executive, is running in a crowded Republican primary in Alabama’s 6th Congressional District race. The contest to fill the seat of retiring GOP Rep. Spencer Bachus.

“We need to get rid of ObamaCare,” he said in a statement. “Then we need to replace it with a conservative, market-based solution. This ad shows that we can have fun with a serious subject, but for those who have already been hurt by the law here in Alabama, it’s anything but funny. I will fight everyday to right the wrongs of ObamaCare.”

Other candidates have released similar videos: West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin used his rifle to shoot a Cap and Trade bill in a 2010 ad, for example.


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2. Alabama's 6th Congressional Free-for-all

With state Sen. Scott Beason entering the Republican primary late Friday, there are now seven candidates running for the 6th Congressional District.In the end, there can be only one.

Of the seven, Beason will probably have the best name recognition, but not necessarily for the best reasons. He was the biggest proponent of Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation immigration bill, HB 56. And he shot himself in the foot, politically, while working as an informant for federal authorities in a Montgomery corruption investigation. During that investigation, he recorded himself joking with a colleague and referring to African-Americans in Greene County as "aborigines."

But Beason defends himself by saying that investigation did help put people in jail, including gambling developer Ron Gilley and lobbyist Jarrod Massey.

His campaign slogan: "I'm running to be the best Congressman money can't buy."

Of the other six candidates, four have raised significant campaign funds and have been hard at work, already. They include:

- Harbert Management vice president Will Brooke, who, as former chairman of the Business Council of Alabama, could have business heavies to call on for financial support.

- State Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, who might have the best name recognition and established political base after Beason.

- Chad Mathis, an orthopedic surgeon from Indian Springs who leads the field in fundraising and was the first candidate in the race.

- Gary Palmer, who has strong ties throughout the Republican Party as the face of the conservative Alabama Policy Institute.

A race with seven candidates is almost impossible to predict, but a run-off between a more populist Tea Party type candidate and a business-friendly establishment conservative – much like last year's race for Alabama's 1st Congressional District – could be likely.