It’s not exactly unusual for a candidate to release a commercial ahead of a campaign, but House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, isn’t your typical candidate.
Boehner, who has served in Congress since 1990, hasn’t released a campaign commercial in four years.
The ad is running for the next 10 days ahead of a May 6 primary, where Boehner is facing three opponents.
While early election forecasts and history in general show Boehner has nothing to worry about, he has drawn some heat recently from conservatives for his sometimes critical views toward the Tea Party.
The last time the Boehner campaign was on the air was 2010, the year Republicans took the House from Democrats and Boehner took the speaker’s gavel from Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Campaign spokesman Cory Fritz told ABC News in an email that the ad is a positive message seeking to mobilize supporters and not a response to any political pressure.
“In 2012, the presidential [election] was driving Republican voters,” Fritz said. “There wasn’t a need for us to jump in. This year, with no significant statewide primary, we’re doing our part to start getting folks engaged for November.”
Here’s the video: