Marijuana: Comic looking for politico to smoke with after Tom Tancredo welches on pot bet


Original post, 4:20 p.m. January 29: Last week, news broke that Tom Tancredo had promised to smoke pot with Adam Hartle, a comedian-filmmaker assembling a documentary about Amendment 64; the two had bet on A64's passage, and Tancredo lost.

Although the ex-Congressman put some conditions on firing up, he stressed that he didn't want to welch. But now he's done so anyhow -- and Hartle isn't happy.

As we've noted, Tancredo was virtually the only high-profile Republican politician to speak out in favor of Amendment 64, not due to his fondness for marijuana (he's never tried it), but because he sees the government telling people what they should and shouldn't ingest as antithetical to his conservative values.

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Adam Hartle.
During the course of the campaign, Tancredo granted an interview to Hartle, and at the end of their chat, he told us last week, "We made a bet -- and even though I was supporting 64, I bet that it was going to go down. He said, 'I don't think it is.' And then he said, 'If it passes, will you smoke a joint with me?' And I said, 'Sure,' not thinking it was going to pass. But it did."

As such, Tancredo said he would pay off the bet" next time Florida-based Hartle is in Colorado -- but only under specific circumstances. In his words, "I will not promote it, because I don't think people should smoke. So I'll only take one puff, and I'm going to say, 'I don't think this is something you should do.' If you want to do it and you're an adult, you should have every right to do it. But it's not a benign substance; it's not something you can say, 'There's no possible harmful effect.' So I'm not going to be pushing it."

Despite these caveats, Tancredo's toking pledge continued to make news and provoke laughs. In the opening monologue to his most recent episode of HBO's Real Time, for example, Bill Maher joked that Tancredo -- whose name he mispronounced as "Tan-creed-oh" -- had better not make any bets about gay marriage. Meanwhile, Tancredo was pressured to retract the pledge by his wife, who was "pissed" about the promise, he told ABC News.

When Mrs. Tancredo talks, Tom listens. And because he said he was also concerned about the message he would send to his grandchildren by smoking, he reneged on the wager.

How is Hartle reacting? With great displeasure.

Continue for more about Adam Hartle's reaction to Tom Tancredo withdrawing his promise to smoke, including a video.

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velvetcyberpunk
velvetcyberpunk

Tom Tancredo is a douche. Seriously, man up and fulfill your part of the bet. He's just worried that he'll like it a little too much. 

roadhomeconcerts
roadhomeconcerts

unbelievable 

i'm moderate with 4 grandkids

come on tom. man up!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Hey Michael, did he "jew" anyone down on price, or "gyp" them entirely, or perhaps "nigger rigged" the entire deal?

At least the professional journalists who initially broke the story were intelligent enough to put Tommy Tancretin's offensive -- and misspelled --  pejorative into the appropriate quotation marks thus "welch".


Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

Mason Tvert he should come back to colorado with pounds and pounds of cannabis just to prove how legal it is in Colorado after A64

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Tancredo has Chris Parente from Channel 2 News,  fuming over Tom reneging out of blowing him following the recent Gay/Rights vote . He's probably concerned he'd  he's apt to become 'Addicted' to both penis & pot ...

Ian Williams
Ian Williams

He did something similar to me when I was 18 and enthusiastic about politics and still believed in the game. I totally called this one. Scorpion and the Frog. Pay no attention to the man in front of the curtain.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Ken...you're laughable. I take it you do not smoke but your comment is a perfect example of a dope. Maybe lay off the alcohol? It is affecting your brain in a bad way. Judging by most of the posts on your profile...your intellectual status is confirmed.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

The kids, the kids, if you're worried about them how about showing them the truth that mj is not harmful and certainly less problematic than alcohol. But no, that would upset his wife...grow some balls Tom.

Samuel Walter
Samuel Walter

Personally, I don't care whether or not the man smokes pot or not. He did a great service to our state by standing up for what he believes is right.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Journalism Tip #1 -- the word/verb is Welsh, not Welch

HipTip #2 -- it's a pejorative against the Welsh people, as is the use of Gyp[ped] for cheated a pejorative against Gypsies, or Jew[ed] for hard bargaining.

Your unquoted repetition of Tom Tancreepo's bigoted racist slang labels you no better than him.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Tommy James ... and a cowardly draft dodger.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Samuel Walter ... the only thing sociopath Tom Tancretin stands for is Tom Tancretin.

ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul
ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Ummm ... 'welch' is a variation of 'welsh' and both have the meaning of not paying off on a bet or an obligation.


What is your source that this is a perjorative against people from Wales?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@ThePosterFormerlyKnownasPaul

How about the OXFORD English Dictionary, numbnuts ... you know, the ENGLISH LANGUAGE standard maintained by the same Limeys who initiated the slander against the "untrustworthy" Welsh in the first place.


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