A new parody video out this week from one of John Boehner’s Republican primary opponents is accusing the House Speaker of “electile dysfunction.”
In a not-so subtle spin of Boehner’s last name, Tea Party candidate J.D. Winteregg recruited a team of actors to stage a Cialis-style commercial that takes jabs at everything from Boehner’s smoking habits to his skin color.
“Sometimes when a politician has been in DC too long, it goes to his head,” the narrator says in the video. “If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”
If the spot from Winteregg, an Ohio high school French teacher who launched a campaign against Boehner last October, seems purposefully suggestive — it is.
A statement from Winteregg’s campaign says the “provocative” new video “comes as Boehner himself is now advertising in the district – a sign that the once comfy Congressman is worried about his re-election. It is the first time Boehner has advertised in four years.”
Winteregg’s campaign didn’t say whether it was spending money to air the ad on television.
While history is certainly stacked against Winteregg – a sitting speaker has never been defeated in a primary election – he received a boost in February after winning the endorsement of the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC.
Winteregg’s video latches on to some of the criticisms of Boehner expressed by Tea Party critics in recent months. It accuses Boehner of being able to “maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition” while showing clips of the speaker golfing with President Barack Obama and giving a thumbs up during the president’s State of the Union address in January.
Boehner’s campaign didn’t immediately comment on the ad.