Powell injects a little humor in political advertising

Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 5:48 PM
Last updated 5:59 PM

ATLANTA -- After weeks of increasingly gloomy political ads, a candidate is using a little cornball humor to make his point.

Democratic nominee JB Powell released a television ad Thursday in his race for agriculture commissioner that uses a familiar tune and a silly cartoon to poke fun at Republican Gary Black. The 60-second ad features a man singing to the tune to the 1960s sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies with the accompaniment of a banjo.

The lyrics, though, are a little different than the ballad of Jed Clampett. Powell's version begins, "Well, come and listen to my story about a man named Black, and the big-food companies that got him in their sack. He's been their lobbyist for 20 years, you see. Now they want him regulating our food safety."

Besides the strained rhymes, the ad includes a smiling Black sitting on the Capitol, and wearing a fox tail and ears as he hops through a henhouse.

Black has been a lobbyist for the last 20 years for the Georgia Agribuisiness Council, whose members include seed and fertilizer companies as well as food-processing corporations. He resigned as president of the council to run.
Powell says the council is the tool of corporate interests at odds with small, independent farmers.

The ad may be an attempt to draw more attention to his race than traditional political spots. A poll released the same day shows him trailing Black 48-32 while Libertarian Kevin Cherry takes 3 percent and 17 percent remain undecided.

In the email to supporters announcing the ad, Powell asked them for a $25 contribution to pay for airing the ad as well as asking them to forward the message to friends.

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Batman 10/21/10 - 06:53 pm
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Cute... but everything a

Cute... but everything a democrat has ever touch is screwed up. So, no Powell vote here.

happychimer
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happychimer 10/21/10 - 09:28 pm
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He has my vote.

He has my vote.

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sgachief 10/22/10 - 07:20 am
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jb is a nothing. i hope we

jb is a nothing. i hope we can send him and barnes back to their holes and never give them a permit to come out and play ever again!!!
jbpowell = 0

Indigo
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Indigo 10/22/10 - 08:07 am
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Thats an insulting

Thats an insulting commercial. FAIL

dashiel
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dashiel 10/22/10 - 10:04 am
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There will never be a better

There will never be a better AG Commissioner than Tommy Irvin, but J. B. Powell would come closer to upholding his standards. Bumpkins-R-Us Season has arrived. The silk stocking crowd probably hates this ad, but I doubt many of them have been farming long. Actually, I think it's a very sophisticated spot. Underneath its raw and refreshing levity, it targets consumers--and we are the bullseye who will elect Powell. We might be dumb as bricks, but we can still identify Shinola. It's the smell stupid.

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Little Lamb 10/22/10 - 10:10 am
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Maybe the ad is a little

Maybe the ad is a little humorous, but agriculture is serious business. I would rather have a professional person for Agriculture Commissioner. I'm voting for Black.

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rabbitsass 10/22/10 - 10:45 am
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Let me tell you something, JB

Let me tell you something, JB Powell has done plenty for the people in his district. I have known him for most of my adult life and you people need to step back and think about what your saying. This man has good family values, a good businessman, cares about the people he's serving and is one of the few that when you need him, he's a phone call away. Not once have I called and left a message that he didn't return it, in a reasonable time limit. He loves the people in his community and the state of georgia. JB Powell will do a good job for the people in any office that he serves. If you ever get the chance to meet JB Powell and talk with him, you'll make a friend for life !!!
D. Bridges

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dashiel 10/22/10 - 11:14 am
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D. Bridges what you say backs

D. Bridges what you say backs up everything I have ever heard about Mr. Powell. Obviously Georgia voters are not the sharpest knives in the drawer but when forced to choose between a farmer and a lobbyist for Agriculture Commissioner, I believe even a lost flock will come to Powell. Big Business already has enough lackeys in Atlanta. If people people really want change, Powell is a good place to start.

Carol Porter for Lt. Governor is another opportunity to replace a malignant official rather than giving him back his catbird seat so we can have another rotten choice for Governor four years from now.

Vote for Powell and Porter!

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