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Today marks 6th anniversary of “Why would you do that to me, Bob (Barr)?” ad

In Libertarian on July 25, 2008 at 7:39 pm

Cheryl Miller, the woman around whom the LP’s award-winning medical marijuana television ad was situated,  has since passed away.  Ron Crickenberger, then the LP’s Political Director, has also died of cancer.  Neither of them lived to see medical marijuana legalized across the country, but hopefully some of us will live to see the day when patients suffering from life threatening diseases will be able to treat their symptoms with a simple plant.  From Madison NORML:

July 25 marks 6th anniversary of filming of Cheryl Miller’s “Why would you do that to me, Bob (Barr)” medical marijuana tv ad

Posted by Gary Storck
Friday, July 25, 2008

On July 24, 2002, Jim & Cheryl Miller and I participated in a press conference in the US Capitol arranged by NORML, supporting Rep. Barney Frank’s States’ Rights medical marijuana bill, along with Reps. Frank, Dana Rohrabacher, Ron Paul, and Jan Schakowsky, NORML Founder Keith Stroup, Former Reagan aide Lyn Nofziger, Libertarian Party Political Director Ron Crickenberger and others. In the interim, Cheryl Miller, Ron Crickenberger and Lyn Nofziger have all passed on. Here are some photos from that day from NORML: click here

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Gary, Jim and Cheryl prepare to head over to the Capitol.

It was an exciting and emotional day, speaking at a medical marijuana press conference inside the U.S. Capitol. NORML took excellent care of us, putting us up in suites near their office.

The next day, before we headed home, Ron Crickenberger came to the hotel and filmed footage for Libertarian TV ads. Ron shot footage of me as part of an ad that included other patients like Angel Raich and Steve Kubby, then moved on to filming an ad he’d written for Cheryl. The ad, titled “Why Would You Do That To Me, Bob (Barr)?”, spotlighting Barr’s opposition to medical marijuana, was for use on behalf of Libertarian Carole Ann Rand running in the race for U.S House in Georgia against Republican Bob Barr, who also faced a Republican primary opponent, John Linder, due to redistricting..

The LP’s Film News Archive for 2003 noted the ad was later named “Most Dramatic Political Ad of 2002” by the influential National Journal magazine.

— Congratulations to the Libertarian Party for creating a political advertisement just named “Most Dramatic Political Ad of 2002” by the influential National Journal magazine. Per the LP News, the 30-second spot, entitled “Why Bob,” was broadcast by Libertarian Carole Ann Rand against Republican Bob Barr in the race for U.S House (District 7) in Georgia. The ad–written, directed, and filmed by LP Political Director Ron Crickenberger–was selected from among 1,868 political ads by the National Journal for this top honor. It featured medical marijuana patient Cheryl Miller, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. In the ad, a wan Miller addresses the camera from a hospital bed and says “Bob Barr thinks I should be in jail for using my medicine. Why would you do that to me, Bob?'” The Libertarian Party broadcast the ad about 4,000 times on CNN, TNT, Comedy Central, MSNBC, and other cable networks in the Georgia district. Bob Barr was soundly defeated. The LP took aim at Barr as part of its “Incumbent Killer” strategy, which targeted the worst drug warriors in Congress for defeat. (Source: click here).

Even today as a proclaimed supporter of medical cannabis, Barr has yet to acknowledge it was the power of Cheryl Miller that made him a former Republican congressman and a Libertarian Party candidate for president.

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The late Ron Crickenberger films Cheryl as Jim looks on.(Photo by Gary Storck)
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The ad that ended Bob Barr’s congressional career and set him on the road to being a Libertarian.
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VIDEO: WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO ME, BOB (BARR)? ” This commercial is a scathing indictment of the most rabid Drug Warrior in Congress,” — former Libertarian Party Political Director Ron Crickenberger. Crickenberger produced this devastating ad for the LP’s Carol Ann Rand, who ran against the Georgia Republican in an election in which the newly redistricted Barr lost the GOP primary to John Linder, sending him back to the private sector. (2002, Running Time: 1 minute).

Many thanks to  libertarian activist and renowned medical marijuana proponent Steve Kubby for sending this to LFV.

  1. Even today as a proclaimed supporter of medical cannabis,

    States rights to medical cannabis, at any rate


    Barr has yet to acknowledge it was the power of Cheryl Miller that made him a former Republican congressman and a Libertarian Party candidate for president.

    I’m pretty sure I did hear him say something like that, although it’s not true – being in Linder’s district had a lot more to do with that.

  2. Even today as a proclaimed supporter of medical cannabis, Barr has yet to acknowledge it was the power of Cheryl Miller that made him a former Republican congressman and a Libertarian Party candidate for president.

    Bob Barr HAS acknowledged that Cheryl Miller and Ron Crickenberger DID play a big role in converting him to Libertarianism. It takes a big man to admit he was wrong and that is exactly what Barr has done. Cheryl and Ron would be proud to know how their work affected Barr and our party.

  3. That ad was an incredible piece of work … but it probably had little ifanything to do with Barr losing his seat.

    Barr was redistricted into competition with another incumbent Republican (John Linder). The bulk of the new district was from Linder’s old district. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the numbers, but my recollection is that Linder won handily in the parts that Linder had previously represented, and that Barr won handily in the parts that Barr had previously represented.

    Damn good ad, though. I really, really, really wanted to pull the “why would you do that to me, Bob?” audio and try to find a way to patch it into the national convention PA system for triggering at opportune moments.

  4. That would have been nice🙂

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