House Speaker John Boehner is the primary, well, speaker in his latest campaign television ad.
It’s a spot that includes the Ohio Republican’s wife, some old family pictures and some locales in the district he’s defending in a primary election next week.
“Debbie and I moved to West Chester right after we got married,” Boehner, seeking a 13th term May 6 in the 8th district near Cincinnati, says to the camera as his wife looks at him.
“It’s where we ran our small business and raised our girls,” Boehner says, as the spot segues to show pictures of the 64-year-old speaker as a young father and businessman before entering political life.
“Southwest Ohio is a special place to live,” says Boehner. “Our communities and our values bring us together in a common cause: to build a better future.”
“It’s been an honor to serve you,” Boehner says to camera. “I want to continue this fight. I’m asking for your vote on May 6th.” A female narrator closes the spot by referring to the speaker as “our congressman, John Boehner.”
The speaker’s newest spot first aired this morning on Cincinnati’s ABC affiliate, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG, which tracks advertising.
Boehner, who raises more money than any other member of Congress, is spending some of his huge campaign kitty on his own primary, the key race in the strongly Republican 8th District. Boehner’s re-election campaign spent more than $1.1 million from April 1-16, federal records show. He still had $2.2 million left in his account.
Boehner is favored to easily win a primary in which his opponents include political unknown J.D. Winteregg, whose 60-second, anti-Boehner video referring to “electile dysfunction” has been viewed 349,000 times on YouTube as of this writing.
Still, even politically secure members of Congress — including Boehner, who draws ample national attention for his comments on immigration and other issues — like to win by as wide a margin as possible.