Making fun of House Speaker John Boehner’s last name may get you some laughs — but it could also cost you your job.
J.D. Winteregg, the high school French teacher turned tea party challenger who is looking to oust Boehner in the primary for Ohio’s 8th Congressional District has been let go from his position as adjunct professor at Cedarville University, school officials said today.
Winteregg taught one online class at the Christian university but stopped teaching last week, according to a statement from university spokesman Mark Weinstein.
“When faculty or staff members participate in political conversations, interviews, advertisements, or endorsements, they are doing so as individual citizens,” Weinstein said in the statement. “Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University.”
The video Weinstein is referring to was released more than two weeks ago on YouTube by Winteregg’s campaign and is titled “When the Moment Is Right.”
The Cialis-style parody takes jabs at everything from Boehner’s relationship with President Obama to Speaker Boehner’s smoking habits, with several sexually suggestive comments, such as “If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”
It seems jokes were a little too risqué for the Baptist university, which said Winteregg “is not schedule to teach any future classes” at the school.
“Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community,” Weinstein said.
The school is an “accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution enrolling 3,400 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 100 areas of study,” according to the university’s website.
While a sitting House Speaker has never before been defeated in a primary election, Winteregg won the endorsement and a fundraising boost from the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC. Boehner’s campaign recently started running its first campaign ads in four years in the Speaker’s district.
Winteregg and two other opponents are set to challenge the Speaker in the state’s primary a week from Tuesday.
Boehner’s office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment.