Campaign strategists for Rep. Gary Miller, R-Calif., appear to have accidentally posted outtakes from the California Republican filming his campaign commercials that show the lawmaker awkwardly stumbling over his own words and wavering over whether to flash a thumbs up.
"I'm ready to keep fighting for Washington," Miller says at one point.
"Thumb like that better?" Miller asks the videographer at another moment.
"I'm Congressman Gary Miller and I'm running for Congress," he says, before laughing. "That doesn't work."
The clips were compiled from the YouTube channel of Revolvis Consulting, which works on Miller's campaign, by the campaign of his Democratic challenger, Pete Aguilar.
"We grabbed it from a publicly available YouTube channel," said Doug Herman, Aguilar's strategist, who offered a screenshoot of the YouTube channel as proof. The videos have since been removed from public viewing. A partner at Revolvis did not immediately return a call for comment.
So far the Aguilar campaign has only turned the clips - which offer a window into the filming of disclaimers that appear in every congressional campaign ad - into a YouTube video. For now, Herman said they don't plan to air the outtakes on television.
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