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Alabama GOP candidate removes forged Obama photo from ad

After I posted this ad from black Republican congressional candidate Les Phillip, his campaign contacted me to explain why it used a forged image of President Obama smoking a cigarette. It was a joke, said staffers -- no harm intended.

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But the pushback was apparently great enough for the campaign to alter the ad and remove the Obama picture:

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The irony, of course, is that Phillip is saying he'll be unbowed in his attacks on Obama. But what does it say about the candidate's ad-makers that they think the picture of a 40-something Obama smoking in public, looking sleazy, was real?

The new ad:

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 12:28 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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