Speaker John Boehner may be used to people mispronouncing his last name — and making immature jokes in the process. But his primary opponent took it one step further in a new ad that asks voters if they suffer from “electile dysfunction.”
J.D. Winteregg, a tea-party-backed candidate challenging Boehner in next month’s Ohio congressional primary, has clearly seen his fair share of Cialis and Viagra commercials.
“If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention,” says the narrator in a new Web ad from Winteregg.
Strange political ads crop up every campaign season. We’ve seen candidates shooting bills with guns and likening budget slashing to castrating pigs. Add erectile-dysfunction comparisons to the list of the bizarre political advertising. Democracy can take us to weird places.
“Your electile dysfunction, it could be a question of blood flow. Sometimes when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head, and they just can’t seem to get the job done,” the narrator continues. “Used on a daily basis, Winteregg in Congress will help you every time the moment is right to have your voice heard on the federal level.”
Now, Boehner has been known to have a sense of humor about his name; in February after a reporter mistakenly addressed him as House Ways and Means chairman “Mr. Camp,” Boehner responded, “It’s boner.”
But is this ad just a desperate attempt to get some attention? The Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC has backed Winteregg in his bid to unseat the speaker in the May Ohio primary, and Winteregg told Daily Caller that this new ad is meant to nationalize his campaign. “He’s everyone’s speaker. He’s my representative, yeah, but he’s America’s speaker. We want to get my name out there and tell people there’s an alternative,” he said.
Well, consider your name out, Mr. Winteregg.
As for his chances, they don’t look great. Boehner is a prolific fundraiser, whose campaign committee has raised more than $11 million this cycle. Winteregg has raised shy of $3,000. Tea Party Leadership Fund has also been spending money in the race.
Meanwhile, Boehner is dropping $125,000 on television ads back in Ohio, the first time he’s done so since 2010. But don’t expect any boner jokes from his campaign.