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The Best 2016 Campaign Ad Is From A Race In Austin, Texas

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‘Please re-elect Gerald. Please.’


Gerald Daugherty’s wife wants you to vote for her husband so she doesn’t have to hear him talk about politics 24/7.

In what’s probably the funniest campaign ad this year, Charlyn Daugherty pleads with voters to re-elect her husband as a Travis County commissioner, because he’s driving her crazy by incessantly yammering about constituents’ concerns.

“Most people leave their work at the office,” Charlyn says in between her husband’s chatter about code violations and tax policy. “All he wants to do is fix things.”

The Houston-area native was drafted out of high school to play for the Boston Red Sox in 1968, but returned to Austin to attend the University of Texas, after realizing that “getting an education was more obtainable than making it to the big leagues,” according to his campaign website. Travis County is the fifth-largest county of Texas and includes the state capital, Austin.

During what appears to be a family barbecue, Gerald pushes around pieces of steak on his plate to illustrate a point about light rail.

Towards the end of the ad, Gerald goes on about parking violations while helping Charlyn with the laundry and other household chores.

“You know, I think I like helping around the house here,” he tells his wife. The camera turns to Charlyn, who has a look of horror on her face.

“Please re-elect Gerald,” his frustrated wife pleads at the camera as her husband prattles on. “Please.”

The ad has been viewed more than 1.8 million times, and got a significant attention boost after Star Trek star George Takei shared it.