Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tommy Sowers approves campaign message with shotgun blast

Posted by on Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 7:00 AM

click to enlarge Tommy Sowers: Lock and load.
  • Tommy Sowers: Lock and load.

Tommy Sowers, a Democrat hoping to represent southeast Missouri in Congress, has found a way to add pizazz to those "I'm Chauncey Haircut, and I approved this message" disclaimers at the end of campaign commercials.

With a little help from his friends Smith and Wesson, Sowers says he approved a TV spot criticizing his opponent, Jo Ann Emerson, after firing a shotgun at an unidentified object. The borders-on-parody commercial ends with a few bars of a country rock song and Sowers looking in the camera as the smoke of his freshly fired round commingles with the sweet Missouri air. 



A veteran of the War in Iraq, Sowers is pulling out all the stops in his effort to unseat Emerson, who is serving a seventh term. The spot opens with Sowers standing next to his Scott Brown-approved pickup truck, whose bed has been filled with manure. The dung represents the Emerson's mistruths against Sowers, who has not held elected office.


Sowers led a group of Green Berets while deployed in Iraq. In another commercial, he reveals the steel-encased "combat Bible" that he carried.

Sowers has received national attention for advocating for an abrupt end to the war in Afghanistan. He's raised $1 million for his race, but he's a big underdog.

H/T: The Missouri Record.

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