UPDATE: Breitbart News’ Brandon Darby disputed this report after publication, claiming that no one from Boehner’s office reached out with a request to take down the video. The original source for this story — a Winteregg consultant — has also recanted the allegation.
Original report below:
The conservative publication Breitbart Texas was told Monday that John Boehner primary rival J.D. Winteregg’s “Electile Dysfunction” web ad was a fake and that it should be taken down, The Daily Caller has learned — and insiders have reason to believe that Boehner’s campaign was involved in the effort to get it pulled.
Breitbart’s posting of Winteregg’s authentic video is still on the website.
Winteregg’s ad, which includes the line “If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention” was released late Sunday night and quickly went viral on the Internet. Winteregg, 32, is challenging Boehner in the May 6 Ohio eighth district Republican primary, in which approximately 85,000 voters are expected to head to the polls.
“The intent [with the ad] is to nationalize this thing. 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,” Winteregg told TheDC.
Boehner’s campaign did not return a request for comment after normal work hours Monday. Breitbart Texas editor Brandon Darby did not return a request for comment.