A self-described drug lawyer running for governor was overheard saying terrorists “need to blow up more things in this country,” police reported after his June 2008 arrest at the Oklahoma City airport.
Chad Moody, an Oklahoma City Republican, also is quoted in the police report as saying “the terrorists were winning the war and that more soldiers needed to die.” He is quoted further as saying “that all Americans need to leave this country and move to Canada or France.”
“I did not make those statements,” Moody, 46, said Friday morning at his law office. “That was not what was said.”
Moody faces Gov. Mary Fallin and another Republican, Dax Ewbank, in the primary election Tuesday.
His long-shot campaign has attracted state and national attention — somewhat because of his catchy slogan: “Vote God, Grass & Guns.” Moody wants Oklahoma to legalize marijuana and he said he began running for public office as sort of a joke and as a way to push that cause.
The Oklahoman learned of the arrest report from a tip.
Police arrested him on June 5, 2008. He was charged in Oklahoma City municipal court with public drunkenness but was acquitted.
Moody did acknowledge he was “railing” at the airport because he was upset over the hassles of going through airport security. He said he had missed his scheduled flight to Colorado for a legal conference.
He also said he was “railing” at the airport about the Iraq War.
“I was railing against the Transportation Security Administration and the corporate warfare that is going on where we send our kids off to be killed in large part because companies ... need to make money.
“There were a lot of things attributed to me — that were absolutely false — for offending people,” he said. “Some not highly intelligent police officers decided I needed to be arrested and shut up.”
He is quoted in the report as saying the war was a sham. Moody said he might have used that word.
“I was railing against the Iraqi war. I’ve railed against that war since it started. It was obviously a manufactured war,” he said. “We’ve had a lot of kids go over there and spill their blood for no good reason.”
Police reported that an Army lieutenant who was on his way to Fort Bliss told them about Moody’s comments.
Officers went to the airport’s Gate 4 to investigate a flight attendant’s complaint of a subject making inappropriate remarks, according to the police report.
Police reported the lieutenant said he was sitting with two Army captains waiting for their flight when Moody walked around them in circles making the statements.
The lieutenant told police the three got up and moved to a different area but Moody left his bags unattended, followed them and continued his “tirade,” according to the report.
Police reported that the whole time officers were talking with the witness, Moody was acting like he was on the phone and “was making loud statements about the war and that 90 percent of Americans believe it is false.”
Police reported Moody had an extreme odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath and his speech was slurred. Moody said he “had a couple of drinks at the bar” that day but was not drunk.
People at the gate began applauding officers after they handcuffed Moody and arrested him, according to the report.