Sunday, May 3, 2015

This campaign commercial has been rated: N for Nasty

John Featherman, a perennial candidate for public office, likes to revel in the attention of odd web-only ads that never air on local television stations. He's at it again, this time getting local radio veteran Ruth Weisberg to strip down to her birthday suit to take pot-shots at U.S. Rep. Bob Brady.

This campaign commercial has been rated: N for Nasty

John Featherman, a perennial candidate for public office, revels in the attention from odd web-only ads. He's at it again, this time getting local radio veteran Ruth Weisberg to strip down to her birthday suit to take pot-shots at U.S. Rep. Bob Brady. 

In the ad, titled "The naked truth about the congressman," a naked Weisberg says "Bob Brady represents one of the poorest congressional districts in our country.  And more of us are poor now. Crime and taxes are rising.  failing schools are wracked by violence. Jobs are vanishing daily. And after 14 years in Congress, Bob Brady really wants to make things better...eventually."

The fact that Weisberg's breasts are barely concealed by a framed photo of Brady and a desk lamp doesn't exactly bolster Featherman's argument but will probably satisfy his need for attention. 

Featherman is unchallenged in the April 24 Republican primary for the 1st Congressional District seat held by Brady since 1998.

Last year, in losing the Republican nomination for mayor to Democratic committeewoman Karen Brown, Featherman put up two such commercials riffing on "stripper politics" and the late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi re-locating to Philadelphia.

You can see Featherman's interview about the ad with Philly.com's Marnie Hall here.

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William Bender, a Drexel graduate who landed at the Daily News in 2007, has covered everything from South Philly mobsters to doomsday hucksters. He occasionally writes about local food trucks and always eats everything on his plate, whether it be a bloody rib eye or a corrupt politician. E-mail tips to benderw@phillynews.com
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David Gambacorta, has been a reporter with the Daily News since 2005, covering crime, police corruption and all of the other bizarre things that happen in Philadelphia. Now he’s covering the 2015 mayor’s race, because he enjoys a good circus just as much as the next guy. He’s always looking to get a cup of coffee. Send news tips and other musings on life to gambacd@phillynews.com
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