A Maine Republican state Senate candidate defended a video Tuesday that includes footage of him dancing in a Speedo-style swimsuit, saying it was part of a national ad campaign he previously worked on as professional actor.
“I am confident that voters in my district will appreciate my private sector work experience. Unlike my opponent, I’m not a career politician,” candidate Mark Brakey explained in a press release, according to the Bangor Daily News. “If Ronald [Reagan] can become president after Bedtime with Bonzo, I am sure voters won’t mind seeing my dance moves in a commercial for Vita CoCo.”
The former executive director for the Christian Civic League in Maine, Mike Hein, sent a version of the video out to media outlets, slamming Brakey’s “family values.” In a post on the YouTube video, Hein wrote “well, well, well. If it isn’t Mr. ‘Family Values Matter’ State Senate candidate himself flamboyantly prancing around in his underwear.”
Watch the video below. Brakey is the actor in the red Speedo dancing in front of a mirror.