Boehner Challenger J.D. Winteregg Fired Over 'Electile Dysfunction' Ad, Which His Baptist Employer Didn't Find Quite So Funny
We all know John Boehner has a funny last name, but making a mockery of the House Speaker is sure to have some consequences. Just ask Tea Party activist J.D. Winteregg, who was fired from his teaching position after releasing a Boehner-themed campaign ad that attacked the Speaker. The conservative challenger's commercial, titled "When the Moment is Right," parodies those Cialis ads on erectile dysfunction and plays up an alternate pronunciation of "Boehner."
Winteregg was in the running for the Speaker's House seat, and was previously an adjunct professor at Cedarville University in Ohio. After three years on the job, he was told last week that his contract wouldn't be renewed — coincidentally following claims in the political ad that said Boehner had "electile dysfunction."
The private Baptist college didn't agree with Winteregg's views, with a school representative saying "Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community." And let's face it, boner jokes aren't very Christian.
You've got to admit though, the spoof was pretty clever. What exactly is electile dysfunction? As the video's narrator explains, "... 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."
Sexual innuendos abound in the ad, with random couples engaging in outdoor activities that have nothing to do with sex — much like those Viagra and STD commercials. Winteregg's jabs at Boehner aren't just limited to his last name. He references his views on the politician's inability to "maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition."
"If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention," the ad continues.
As for Winteregg's ties with Cedarville University, that bridge has burned.
"They said because of the ad that my relationship with them will be done. It's over," Winteregg told the Washington Post "The ad obviously touched a nerve."
Winteregg's not giving up in the candidacy for the House of Representatives, though, maintaining hope that he'll make headway in the upcoming primary election.