Mississippi Republican Is No Stalin
The filing deadline to run for governor in Mississippi came and went without fanfare earlier this week, as four Democrats and five Republicans filed the requisite paperwork by the Tuesday deadline.
Blink, and you might have missed Republican activist James Broadwater's name on the list. You may remember him as a candidate for Congress in 2004 and 2008.
You may also remember him from somewhere else.
An astute reader points out that Broadwater once appeared on an episode of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's "Da Ali G Show." In the popular HBO satirical show -- which ended its run in 2006 -- Baron Cohen played various characters and interviewed unwitting politicians, policymakers and regular people.
In one segment, Baron Cohen interviews Broadwater as "Borat" -- a television personality from Kazakhstan -- and accompanies him on a neighborhood canvass.
"He is a strong man. He will crush his opponents and he will be powerful like Stalin, and not tolerate people who are bad," Baron Cohen, in character, says of Broadwater to one woman.
"Well, actually, I wouldn't compare myself to Stalin," Broadwater responds, quietly.
In one scene, Baron Cohen asks if followers of Judaism will go to heaven or hell, to which Broadwater responds, "well, I would have to say that they would go to hell."
"I have been made aware that an interview that was done with me was played on HBO last night, and that it has been used to make Christians look bad and to make me look like a person who hates Jews," Broadwater reportedly later said in a statement after the episode aired. "I don't watch HBO, but I definitely got duped by them back before the March Primary."
You can watch the full video of the segment after the jump.