Racy web video John Boehner opponent's undoing
The Washington Post
The "tea party" activist challenging House Speaker John Boehner for his Ohio seat has lost his teaching job over a racy web video that went viral last week.
J.D. Winteregg, who's received outside support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund in his bid for Boehner's House seat, had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a small Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, for three years.
Last week, Winteregg, 32, was told his contract would not be renewed. He said he was dismissed after his campaign released a video parody of erectile dysfunction advertisements.
"They said because of the ad my relationship with them will be done. It's over," Winteregg said. "The ad obviously touched a nerve."
The minute-long video includes sexual innuendo and shows couples gazing longingly at each other.
"Used on a daily basis, Winteregg in Congress will help you every time the moment is right - to have your voice heard at the federal level," a narrator says in the ad.
"If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention."
Cedarville University spokesman Mark Weinstein said: "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," he said. "Mr Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University."
The Tea Party Leadership Fund has spent US$320,000 attacking Boehner, mostly by direct mail to his constituents. Boehner has responded with television advertising trumpeting his connections to the district and his conservative bona fides.