Alabama: Gubernatorial Candidate Flashes for Cash

FiftyDollarsThe following is a campaign press release:

Thanks to political columnist Bob Ingram, Loretta Nall is best known lately for two things — both of them on her chest. “In 55 years of political writing,” Ingram noted in a recent column about a photo of Nall, “that was a first for me — a picture in my column of a woman displaying cleavage … [my mother] wouldn’t have approved of that picture.”

Nall, a well-known medical marijuana activist and the Libertarian Party’s 2006 candidate for governor of Alabama, isn’t one to pass on an opportunity. “When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade,” she says. “When God gives you melons … well, let’s not go there.” But going there she is, with a new fundraising campaign designed to capitalize on Ingram’s touting of her attributes. To raise money for ballot access, Nall is using Flash animations on her campaign web site. Contributors get a glimpse of the buxom beauty’s cleavage or waistline — and big donors are promised an uncensored view of “the biggest boobs in Alabama politics.”

All’s fair in love, war and politics, says Nall. “I had to go one of two ways — don a burqa so that maybe people like Bob Ingram will be willing to talk about my actual platform instead of my anatomy, or go with the flow and use dismissive attacks to my advantage. I don’t back down easily. This is, if you’ll pardon the expression, tit for tat.”

Nall faces Alabama’s draconian ballot access restrictions — “the Republicans and Democrats are scared to death of a fair fight,” she says — and must submit 42,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by June 6th in order to appear on the ballot with the Democrat and GOP candidates (who face no such hurdle). Her “Flash for Cash” campaign is intended to raise the money required to gather those signatures.

The animations mentioned in this story may be viewed HERE.

[disclaimer: Stephen Gordon is an avid supporter and ally of the Nall for Governor campaign and has received payment in association with his work for them. This post is not paid for or endorsed by the candidate]

UPDATE: MeFi just picked this up and the comments there are somewhat interesting.

  1. It’s about damn time an LP candidate embraced sex as an issue. Prudes be damned.

  2. It’s about damn time an LP candidate embraced sex as an issue.

    I don’t think this idea would work for the Phillies campaign, but I am sure will generate some press in this race for governor.

  3. Nigel,

    Actually, the FCC doesn’t get to censor political speech — I believe that was settled with the case of Barry Commoner’s use of the word “bullshit” in radio commercials for his 1980 presidential campaign.

  4. This whole thing is the brain-child of Steve Gordon. Knapp is the wonderful word smith on the news release.

    I also think it is a brilliant idea and just hope it pays off by raising enough money for ballot access.

    It will have been a great deal of fun either way.

    Please spread this EVERYWHERE.

  5. BTW — I’ve already been accused by one LP campaign manager of taking it too far. This doesn’t actually show any nudity (but for $50 you can see some boobs). Anyone with $2 can see for themselves.

  6. Pretty damn distasteful, but creative, fun and bound to get publicity. The hell with conventional wisdom and playing patty-cake with the D’s & R’s. When you are virtually outlawed in the democratic “land of the free”, just what the hell ARE you supposed to do? Bad publicity is better than none at all! … and I am not sure that this is necessarily bad – to all people anyway.

    Please keep us abreast (no pun intended) of the ballot access status. How bout a liberty meter to track the donations or signatures, maybe?

  7. DD — “Distasteful?” Did you spend two bucks and actually look a it?

    I was trying to think of some gimmick to show progress — and ballots may be the way to go, as we are also using other means to collect signatures, too.

  8. Seeing as anybody can see some boobs for free with this wonderful Intarweb thangy, I don’t think this can be construed as morally degrading.

  9. No, I didn’t look at it. I don’t care about the show. I already gave $200.00 last week.

  10. Methinks this Bob guy is a sexually-repressed whackjob in need of a shrink. Mother clearly put some weird thoughts in his head if he’s so distracted from his column by the cleavage of a CANDIDATE that he feels the need to apologize.

  11. The flash animation was a great idea and great work by all concerned! And kudos to the generous Devious David. I can’t wait to see how Stephen and company will reward him and Nall’s other committed supporters, but I’m sure they’ll come up with something.

  12. Stephen,

    I think you are exactly right in showing the number of signatures you receive to get on the ballot. It will help lend some credibility to what you are doing and energize the activists if you keep moving towards your goal.

    Great idea and I hope Loretta puts all those other candidates in their place. In a weird way this may actually get people to focus on her other ideas if she plays her cards right.

  13. Quoth Steve:

    BTW ”” I’ve already been accused by one LP campaign manager of taking it too far.

    How many winning LP campaigns for governor, US House, US Senator or the presidency has this LP campaign manager managed? I’m not real good with math, see.

    Loretta Nall has an uphill fight even by LP standards — 42,000 signatures to collect just to get on the ballot — and she has to play every card that’s dealt her. The media decided to make her boobs an issue. Her only choice was whether to make that issue an asset, or to let it be a liability or just an unplayed card.

    Her best shot in the general election is to be the candidate of people who DON’T think boobs are a bad thing, DON’T think that Jesus wants a tax hike, DON’T want to outlaw vibrators, DON’T want to put pot smokers in jail, DON’T want to execute homosexuals, and DON’T check under their beds for furriners and communists every night before going to sleep. That may be a minority, but it’s a bloc at any rate.