House Speaker John Boehner’s tea party primary opponent J.D. Winteregg is releasing a new parody ad Monday accusing Boehner of “Electile Dysfunction.”
“If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention,” according to the online ad, which seeks to nationalize Winteregg’s fundraising ahead of the May 6 Ohio eighth district Republican primary. (RELATED: TheDC Interview with J.D. Winteregg)
“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 The Daily Caller Sunday night, outlining a “two-pronged approach” that includes a fierce ground game in his district and also a national fundraising campaign. It’s a strategy, according to his veteran Republican campaign consultants, that worked for Scott Brown in 2010, as the unknown tea party favorite mixed district door-knocking with a national drive to provide the forty-first vote in the Senate to block Obamacare.
Winteregg, 32, needs between 40,000 and 50,000 votes to defeat Boehner in next month’s primary, which is expected to draw about 85,000 Republican voters. Boehner is now paying workers to go door-to-door disseminating information, including some targeting Winteregg. The underdog gained traction after an endorsement from the Tea Party Leadership Fund PAC, which found that only 25 percent of Boehner’s own Ohio constituents still support him when he’s paired against any no-name challenger.
“He’s running ads for the first time and it seemed like he didn’t have enough time to put himself in the ads. It’s just a voiceover and a bunch of people talking about how great he is… He’s never here,” Winteregg said, citing conservative lawmakers Reps. Louie Gohmert and Jim Jordan as his congressional role models.
As for the idea that tea party challenges against establishment Republicans hurt the party?
“I think that’s something powerful Republicans came up with to preserve their power,” Winteregg said.
People are “upset that he’s failed to deliver his promises about Obamacare…October of 2013 he voted to fund it. He’s pro-amnesty. Hes reportedly working behind the scenes to bring amnesty deals to the floor. He raised the debt ceiling… He voted against the Amash Amendment” to limit NSA spying. “I don’t see the benefit of having him in there, to be honest.”
Winteregg said that he’s heard his effort described as a “David and Goliath race,” then noted: “They need to remember who won that.”