So, yeah. This year has been a bummer for democracy. Like many of you, I’ve been avoiding political ads like I avoid I-35.
That is, until I saw a new ad from Gerald Daugherty, a moderate Republican running for re-election to the Travis County Commission’s Precinct Three seat. For those that don't know Daugherty, he's the lone conservative on the county commission. His main issue has been getting State Highway 45 Southwest built — which would connect FM 1626 in Hays County to MoPac in southwest Austin.
That might sound boring - but the ad is hilarious.
Take a look:
There’s a lot to like here. For one, throughout the ad Daugherty is nerding-out pretty hard about local transportation issues and the county jail -- and he can’t seem to notice that no one else cares that much about what he’s talking about, which is pretty endearing.
But the real star is Daugherty’s wife, Charlyn Daugherty. Her dead-pan “get me out of here” looks into the camera are a thing of beauty. She’s the Jim Halpert of political ads, and it doesn’t get any better than that.
This actually came to my attention from Facebook — through folks who many of which don't even live in Texas.
Of course, one ad is not enough to make a decision this November. So, if you live in Precinct 3, which is the western portion of the county, you should do some homework. You can find more information about Daugherty here.
Democrat David Holmes is also running for the seat. You can find more here about him. For the sake of fairness, here's a video from Holmes' campaign.