Odd campaign ads generally make for entertaining discussion. After all, most Americans expect individuals running for office to stick to the hard facts -- and let's face it, most ads tend to be relatively dry. However, some political hopefuls, like 66-year-old Roland Sledge, aren't afraid to electrify things a bit.
Sledge, a Houston-based lawyer who is running for a seat on the Texas state commission responsible for regulating oil and gas, has a new ad out that is gaining quite a bit of attention.
BoingBoing has a description of the the clip in question:
In the YouTube ad...the Republican candidate stares into the camera while standing in a pasture, and riffs on a Will Rogers quote: “Isn’t it about time we elected political leaders that have sense enough not to pee on electric fences?”
"Politicians run for personal gain and don't know how to make hard decisions," he proclaims in the clip. "With recent bailouts, unemployment and debt, they clearly don't have the experience needed to run our country."
Then, Sledge goes on to share his experience in the oil and gas industry. The camera subsequently pans over to a man (dressed in a nice suit) who is peeing on a fence (yes, an electric fence). However, as The New York Times notes, there's something even more noteworthy about both the commentary and the individual depicted in the ad:
The line is a riff on an old quote from the cowboy humorist Will Rogers, who said there were three kinds of men: the one who learns by reading, the few who learn by observation and the rest who have to urinate on the electric fence for themselves. Mr. Sledge’s one-minute ad illustrates the point, showing an actor intended to resemble the impeached and imprisoned former governor of Illinois, Rod R. Blagojevich, pretending to relieve himself on an electric fence and casting Mr. Sledge as Mr. Blagojevich’s polar opposite, the kind of uncorrupt candidate with the common sense and experience to guide the state’s energy industry and, well, not urinate in life-threatening places.
Watch the comical ad, below: