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Don’t mess with this candidate!

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I’ll tell ya,’ it’s no holds barred and kickin’ butt time in Alabama political campaigns.  Tim James, the Republican candidate for governor, has a TV spot about making the state’s test for a driver’s license be written in only English that’s generated buzz, but it pales next the rifle-toting, tough-talking candidate for Agriculture Commissioner, one Dale Peterson.

 An opening shot of Peterson’s TV spot shows framing Marine dog tags and a scroll of the U.S. Constitution dissolves into Peterson riding a horse into the frame, wearing sunglasses and a cowboy hat. The camera jump-cuts every few seconds. Theme music, sounding like it might be from a new episode of “The Rifleman,” swells. Peterson doesn’t so much address the camera as he barks at it. “I want to run some crooks off and get this state turned around, big guy, “the candidate growls.  Is this the wave of future political ads?  Take a look and see one tough guy.

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