Dan Helmer is running as a Democrat to represent Virginia's 10th Congressional District, and man did he come out with a doozy of a campaign ad. Brace yourself for..."The Helmer Zone." In the ad, which takes place at a bar, Helmer portrays incumbent Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA) as someone who refuses to meet with her constituents, before breaking out into a bad parody of "Lost That Loving Feeling" from the movie Top Gun.
Just watch: I honestly can't decide if this is "awesomely bad" or just regular old "bad."
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the ad was panned by just about everyone.
I've seen a lot of campaign ads. A lot. This might be the worst I've ever seen. https://t.co/gnqaKf5Aj0— Emily C. Singer (@CahnEmily) September 18, 2017
Vote Dan Helmer - he'll ride crotch rockets, ruin classic songs, & harass women in bars - and then brag about it on the Internet. pic.twitter.com/P4jIBo9CqY— JerryDunleavy?????? (@JerryDunleavy) September 18, 2017
Democratic candidate Dan Helmer tried to recreate a Top Gun scene for his campaign ad and it was a mess https://t.co/1en1fWcEN2— Clare Palo (@clarepalo) September 18, 2017
quitting my job to work on dan helmer's campaign— Gideon Resnick (@GideonResnick) September 18, 2017
Dan Helmer might have the worst political ad ever https://t.co/VlIIreIQYf— Esquire (@esquire) September 18, 2017
I just watched the Dan Helmer campaign ad. I am now thinking about moving to an isolated, uncharted island where there is no internet.— Jeff E. (@JedadiahLeland) September 18, 2017
I mean, yikes. I mean, the "VETERAN" shirt is a nice touch, but golly, this campaign ad is basically a 108 second-long train wreck. Who thought this was a good idea? Is this a mole from the Comstock campaign? Either way, this isn't a great way to burst on to the electoral scene.