Sexual harassment allegations are getting formerly illustrious men fired left and right this week, and a candidate for attorney general in Michigan is hoping to harness that buzz.
"Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting?" asks civil rights lawyer Dana Nessel in a brutally honest campaign ad. "Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so."
Watch the ad below. Warning: It repeatedly refers to aspects of male genitalia.
I've watched this ad for a Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General a dozen times.
"When you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting?" https://t.co/rHVEgXocoA pic.twitter.com/1oCDdsggP0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 30, 2017
Photographs of President Donald Trump, embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore and fired PBS journalist Charlie Rose float past as Nessel declares "we need more women in positions of power, not less."
She confronts fears of an all-female ticket by calling her sex an asset rather than a liability. Notably absent from Nessel's photo montage was Matt Lauer, but her ad likely needed at least a couple days of post-production.
There are still several months until Michigan's Democratic primary on Aug. 7, 2018, but Nessel's bold ad certainly turned heads.
“This is THE single most astonishing political ad I have ever seen,” wrote political analyst Jeff Greenfield on Twitter.
The Daily Dot described it as proof of "how pathetically low the bar is for men in office."
Well, welcome, friends! I'm Dana. THANK YOU for your encouragement, high fives & for spreading the word. Even if that word was penis.
For those of you asking how to get involved, you can contribute, volunteer, etc at https://t.co/PZ78MkGmt7.
Now, back to work!
— Dana Nessel (@dananessel) November 30, 2017
I had never heard of @DanaNessel until about ten minutes ago, and after watching this ad several times, I now want to know everything about her. Goodness gracious, THIS is how a Democrat should talk. She's got my support. pic.twitter.com/gqOeG97pzc
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) November 30, 2017
I don't see the problem in having an all-female ticket for a state.
There have been all-male tickets the entirety of the nation's history. https://t.co/akAF9p0Cu0
— The Devil and Mister Jones AL 12/12/17 (@LokiLoptr) November 30, 2017