Boehner Primary Challenger’s Ad Is a Joke About Boners

“If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years … ,” it says.

National Journal
Elahe Izadi
April 14, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

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.

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“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.

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