First-time candidate Chad Barefoot debuted his first television commercial in his state Senate race with a tried-and-true jab at the legislative body he wants to join.
Barefoot mocks his rival, Democratic incumbent Doug Berger, for sponsoring legislation to regulate the use of barber poles in an ad featuring a circus tent and the label "clowning around."
Barefoot, who is running in the Raleigh area, worked as an aide to House GOP leader Skip Stam, so he knows the legislature is often referred to as a circus and sometimes lawmakers consider random legislation -- which if elected, he will vote on too.
The ad labels his Democratic rival "silly liberal Doug Berger" and shoots him out of a cannon. It also dubiously hits Berger for "trying to ban grocery bags" -- referencing a vote to ban plastic bags at big retailers on the Outer Banks, a pet project of former Senate leader Marc Basnight, who grew tired of them polluting the beaches. (The bill is Senate Bill 1018, not House Bill 1018, as the ad originally stated.)
The ad is comical but unlike any other on the TV today -- and maybe that will actually cut through the muck. The spot is airing on broadcast stations in the Raleigh area.