When a candidate runs for office, there are three ways for the campaign for frame his or her personality. They highlight the candidate’s legendary charm, they hide the candidate under a sheet while drawing devil horns on their opponent, or they lean in and turn a candidate’s ostensibly negative quality into a positive.
Gerald Daugherty took the latter approach, and it’s downright pleasant.
Daugherty, a Republican, is running for reelection as commissioner in Travis County, Texas, home of Austin. According to a campaign ad released on YouTube earlier this month, Daugherty is something of a policy wonk. Or, more specifically, he’s an extreme policy wonk who does not know when to just shut up about the trade-offs inherent in building public transportation infrastructure and just enjoy his dinner.
Daugherty’s ad isn’t the first time in recent memory that a candidate has built an ad around being a huge nerd. Brett Smiley, who ran for mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, in 2014, took a similar angle—except with Wes Andrerson-esque quirk substituted for Texas twang.
See, politics isn’t so bad, is it? Sigh…