The Minneapolis mayor’s race is in full swing, and one candidate is going to some extremes to catch the attention of voters.
Jeffrey Alan Wagner, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party candidate, is one of 35 people running for the office. The political newcomer and relative unknown released this week what is probably the greatest — and strangest — political ad of the election cycle.
The ad starts out innocently enough: a young woman talks straight to camera, “You know what I want? A Minneapolis mayor that really represents the people.”
But what happens next is strange, to say the least.
Wagner — shirtless, underwear clad, dripping wet from a swim, and carrying a coffee mug — emerges from the water.
“Over a million dollars is going to be spent to become the mayor of Minneapolis, a $100,000-a-year job,” Wagner says. “I’m cool with making $100,000 a year. I will not take money from the developers, I will not take money from the political angle. I will not even go to the strip clubs anymore. Wake the f*** up!”
On his campaign’s Facebook page, Wagner says that he’s campaigning to stand up for “Minneapolis Renters.”
Rarely do candidates get nearly naked in political ads, confess to frequenting strip clubs, or carry a coffee mug into the water for a mid-day swim. But there’s a first time for everything.
The ad is reminiscent of the now classic commercial from former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s 2012 campaign, which featured his chief of staff Mark Block taking a swig from a cigarette just inches from the camera. It was, of course, endlessly spoofed on late night comedy shows.”
You can watch Wagner’s full video here.