J.D. Winteregg, a tea-party-aligned Republican challenging Speaker John A. Boehner, has lost his post as an adjunct professor at a Christian university for a campaign ad touting his congressional bid as a cure for “electile dysfunction.”
“If you have a Boehner lasting longer than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention,” says the ad’s narrator.
Winteregg works as an adjunct French professor at Cedarville University, a Baptist institution in Ohio, but the parody of television’s ubiquitous erectile dysfunction commercials prompted the school to tell him they’d be cutting ties.
“My supervisor from the university called and told me that because of that ad, my relationship with them would end at the end of my contract,” Winteregg told CQ Roll Call. “It’s a private institution. They can do what they want and I respect their decision.”
The ad “did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University,” spokesman Mark Weinstein said in a statement. “Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community.”
Winteregg said he does not regret the campaign ad, acknowledging that his goal was to increase his name recognition and “it worked.”
The high school French teacher said he wanted to focus on the ad’s message. Winteregg said Boehner is “out of touch with us. He’s been in D.C. too long.”
The ad takes some personal punches at Boehner, saying, “Other signs of ‘electile dysfunction’ may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch oneself out of a wet paper bag or maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition.”