Questionable Campaign Video Costs Tea Party Candidate His Job

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J.D. Winteregg’s crude campaign advertisement cost him his job, UPI reported on April 28. Cedarville University, where the Tea Party challenger to Speaker of the House John Boehner taught French, stated the recent video ad’s parody of Viagra and Cialis commercials ?did not represent the views or values? of the school.

Released on April 13, the ?When The Moment Is Right? video says the incumbent from Ohio’s 8th Congressional District has ?electile dysfunction.?

The ad also plays on a juvenile mispronunciation of Rep. Boehner’s name. Mimicking the disclaimer statements required of prescription drug ads, but only in a very juvenile format the narrator adds, ?If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.?

The questionable message didn’t sit well with Winteregg’s employer, though, which refers to itself as a ?Christ-centered, Baptist university.? Mark Weinstein, the school’s public relations director, explained the reason for the dismissal in a press release.

“J.D.Winteregg has been an adjunct professor of French for the past three years. He instructed one online class each semester but last week concluded his teaching responsibilities. He is not scheduled to teach any future classes at Cedarville University.

Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community. When faculty or staff members participate in political conversations, interviews, advertisements, or endorsements, they are doing so as individual citizens. Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University.”


About?300,000 have seen the video on Youtube.

A Sept. 2013 poll found that half of Republican voters in Ohio’s 8th?Congressional District were welcome to Boehner having a primary challenger. Winteregg is joined by another Republican candidate who hopes to unseat the incumbent, but analysts say there’s little doubt that Boehner will win the May 6 primary.


Edited by DH.

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Written by Tiffany Willis Clark

Tiffany Willis Clark is a fifth-generation Texan, a proponent of voluntary simplicity, a single mom, and the founder and editor-in-chief of Liberal America. An unapologetic member of the Christian Left, she has spent most of her career actively working with “the least of these" -- disadvantaged and oppressed populations, the elderly, people living in poverty, at-risk youth, and unemployed people. She is a Certified Workforce Expert with the National Workforce Institute, a NAWDP Certified Workforce Development Professional, and a certified instructor for Franklin Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. She also has a grossly neglected personal blog, a  Time Travel blog, a site dedicated to encouraging people to  read classic literature 15 minutes a day, and a literary quotes blog that is a labor of love. Find her somewhere and join the discussion.

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