A former pro wrestler who is a current GOP congressional candidate in Texas blasted Democrats as “commies in DC” who are “ruining America” in a new video ad produced by Arsenal Media Group.
The six-foot-seven Dan Rodimer, who is from Las Vegas, surprised many people with his last-minute entry into what is being viewed as a competitive special election for Texas’ 6th District following the February 7, 2021 death of GOP Rep. Ron Wright.
And while there are 22 other candidates in the race including Wright’s widow, Rodimer is being viewed as a serious challenger given that he raised some $3 million in a 2020 congressional bid in Nevada, according to Politico.
As the ad opens, the camera pans in on Rodimer who is sitting atop a bull at a rodeo underneath the banner, “Make America TEXAS Again.”
“The three dirtiest jobs in the world — professional wrestling, politician, and bull-ridin’,” he says.
At that, two cowboys open the gate and the bull begins bucking, eventually tossing Rodimer into the dirt. The camera then pans to an older cowboy watching the spectacle who says, “We call that bull Nancy Pelosi…the beast.”
“Texas has big problems,” Rodimer says as he gets up and dusts himself off. “We need a big fighter to solve those problems.”
“The commies in D.C. are ruining America,” Rodimer continues. “We have a big problem … I know how to handle Nancy Pelosi and stop her bullsh*t.”
“And I’ll put a boot right in her socialist platform,” he continued, as he stepped in a pile of manure.
“Men in women’s bathrooms, boys in girls’ sports, higher taxes, higher gas prices….They’re building a wall around D.C., but they’re not protecting our borders,” Rodimer continued. “They’re laughing at us. Now they’re gonna try and take away our guns?”
The camera then panned back to the older cowboy, who declared, “Oh, hell no.”
Rodimer said he moved his wife and six kids to Texas because he wants to raise them “in a Constitution-friendly state.” He added that Texas residents “are a threat to those in power” because of their freedoms.
“They hate Texas,” he added. “They hate our way of life. The Communists in D.C. want to shut down our churches, close our businesses, indoctrinate our children, Communism in our classrooms, make our daughters unsafe in sports and school, destroy American borders and our American history,” Rodimer continued. “We must stop them.”
“Hire me to represent you, and I’ll go to D.C. and kick some left-wing a**,” he added. “I’ll fight for you and the Texas way of life. Let’s make America Texas again.”
Rodimer, a former WWE star, initially tried to file for the race in Fort Worth, but when he realized he needed to file in Austin, which is several hours away given traffic, he chartered a private plane to fly him to the state capital ahead of the filing deadline.
Politico, citing two sources, reported that he told people he was encouraged to file for the seat by members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle. He also said he had come from Mar-a-Lago to file and would be returning there afterward. Rodimer also said that Sen. Ted Cruz “wanted to see him in Congress.”
“A number of individuals have privately encouraged me to run for office in the state. I did have dinner with Sen. Cruz a couple of weeks ago, and he thought I should consider a future run but not specifically this seat,” he told Politico in response to emailed questions.
Ten Democrats and 11 Republicans have filed to run for the 6th District seat.
“We have been looking for houses and apartments for the past few months, but hadn’t really thought about running for Congress again,” he told Politico. “It wasn’t until I saw the lunacy of the open border policies of the Biden administration that I was encouraged to run to bring common sense values to Washington, D.C.”