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Tea Party candidate loses his job over questionable video ad

A questionable campaign video cost Tea Party candidate J.D. Winteregg his job at a Christian university.
A questionable campaign video cost Tea Party candidate J.D. Winteregg his job at a Christian university.

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, a 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."

Almost 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.

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