If his political stance wasn’t enough for a Texan in the 27th Congressional District to vote against Republican candidate Blake Farenthold, some pictures taken with scantily clad women might sway the vote. At least, that seems to be the thinking of Democratic incumbent Solomon Ortiz and his supporters, who released a political ad showing Farentheld in pictures taken last year at a pajama party at a local bar and published on CrushGirls.com, an entertainment website geared for the city of Corpus Christi. Needless to say, as Huffington Post pointed out, a candidate running as a representative of the family values party could have a problem with image credibility.
The racy pictures of the Republican candidate first surfaced on We The People News but were soon picked up by numerous outlets. It took the Democrats little time to call voters’ attention to the matter, posting a political ad that shows the pajama-clad representative standing with a blonde leaning back against him. Incidentally, the blonde is dressed in a revealing sheer piece of black lingerie. Farenthold’s pajamas are covered in little yellow duckies.
Representative Solomon Ortiz hasn’t had a close competitor in a 27th District race in the last three times he has run for office, winning the last election in 2008 by 20 percent of the vote, according to Real Clear Politics. Even though the NRCC (National Republican Congressional Committee) labels Blake Farenthold a “contender” in the Texas Congressional race, most of that political rhetoric might have consisted of Republican wishful thinking. Even so, if Blake Farenthold had been “in play” before, the racy photos and other damaging party pictures, which were used to mock Farenthold’s views of Wall Street tax cuts and the privatization of Social Security, certainly could not have aided his political fortunes.
The Texas Congressional race seems to mimic that of a Virginia House race. Democratic candidate Krystal Ball saw pictures taken of her and her then husband at a 2004 costume party surface on the Internet recently, making national headlines. The photogenic Ball, who had just graduated college at the time the photos were taken, was dressed in what has been described as racy attire, a Santa hat and a leotard. She was posed provocatively and had her husband on a leash.
Krystal Ball’s opponent, Rob Whitman, denies any involvement in the release of the pictures and issued a statement condemning the act. Before the pictures surfaced, Ball was considered a long shot to win.
It is unclear whether or not the pictures have helped or hurt Krystal Ball’s chance at winning, but she has taken to various shows, decrying a sexist double standard that would allow Scott Brown (now Senator for Massachusetts) to run for office without much condemnation over a naked magazine centerfold but would not allow a fully clothed married college graduate at a costume party benefit of the doubt.
Someone might want to ask her about the Blake Farenthold pictures.
The Solomon Ortiz political ad follows.