GOP Congressional candidate runs the season’s strangest ad yet

By Muriel Kane
Friday, January 27, 2012 18:48 EDT
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Republican Mark Oxner, who will be running against former Representative Alan Grayson next fall as Grayson attempts to reclaim a seat in Congress, has released a campaign ad that is being widely described by liberal bloggers as “bizarre” and “incredible.”

The ad depicts the “U.S.S. Obamaboat” as a sailing ship rowed by a crew of enslaved children to exhortations of “Don’t you care about the 99%?” while the well-heeled passengers exclaim things like “I got corporate subsidies just last week” and “I got free healthcare for life!”

A man and woman are shown sitting in a pair of matching bathtubs — similar to those in a widely-aired Viagra ad — and the woman turns to say breathlessly, “This ship stimulated my husband’s solar company.”

As the camera pans past a figure in a Guy Fawkes mask who appears to be handing out gold coins, one woman asks, “How did this boat pay for all this stuff?” — but a stern-faced Captain Obama with an Alan Grayson parrot by his side insists, “No questions on this ship!” as the ship heads over a waterfall of debt.

The message appears to be that Occupy Wall Street is forcing the Obama administration to subsidize failing banks and corporations — or maybe the other way round. It isn’t entirely clear.

“I’ll be releasing several more like this over the coming months,” Oxner says, “and I hope my colleagues across the nation follow suit.”

This video was uploaded to YouTube by MarkOxnerForCongress on January 24, 2012.

Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane
Muriel Kane is an associate editor at Raw Story. She joined Raw Story as a researcher in 2005, with a particular focus on the Jack Abramoff affair and other Bush administration scandals. She worked extensively with former investigative news managing editor Larisa Alexandrovna, with whom she has co-written numerous articles in addition to her own work. Prior to her association with Raw Story, she spent many years as an independent researcher and writer with a particular focus on history, literature, and contemporary social and political attitudes. Follow her on Twitter at @Muriel_Kane
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