OMAHA, NE – An Independent hoping to take an Iowa U.S. Senate seat is talking about his humorous new ad that’s gaining some traction around the country.
Bob Quast intended to run as a Democrat against Iowa Congressman Bruce Braley. He fell short of the amount of signatures needed to be on the primary ballot. His new ad making rounds on the Internet urges democrats to write in his name in the June primary. It takes a stance some democrats may not be used to.
“If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister, Lynette, and come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I'm going to use my glock to blow your balls off,” Quast says in the ad.
Quast says he is a crusader for victims of domestic violence. He also attributes his pro-gun stance to the vicious murder of his sister, Lynette, who was dismembered by her husband in 1999. It’s a serious topic, told in a humorous manner, that Quast says has people talking.
“[They’re asking] is he crazy or is he the most brilliant person we've ever seen with this ad? I'll let people make their own decision and I hope that Mr. Braley thinks I'm crazy and that he underestimates me because that will be to his own demise,” Quast said on the phone Thursday evening.
Braley has been considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s open U.S. Senate Seat. Six Republicans are also seeking the seat. Quast also touts himself as pro-term limits, and pro-life.
“I will make independent, thoughtful decisions based on common sense, what makes the best sense for the country and the state of Iowa,” he said.
Getting the traction means making people laugh. In March, Republican Joni Ernst released her own ad touting her experience castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, saying she’d “cut the pork” in the U.S. Senate.
University of Nebraska Omaha political science professor Paul Landow says it’s a good strategy for an unknown candidate.
“When you're trying to make your mark, you need something that's going to stick in the voter's mind,” Landow said. “A little too much humor on too serious a topic can backfire, as can the wrong kind of humor.”
Quast intends to run as an Independent in November if he does not win the June primary against Braley.