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Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate denies quotes praising terrorism in 2008 police report

Police arrested Chad Moody on June 5, 2008. He was charged in Oklahoma City municipal court with public drunkenness but was acquitted. Moody denies making comments praising terrorism.
by Nolan Clay Modified: June 20, 2014 at 10:01 pm •  Published: June 21, 2014

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.”

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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