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Fake News Strikes Maine GOP Senate Campaign

Fake News Strikes Maine GOP Senate Campaign

“I’m a real human being, not a career politician, and I worked professionally in theatre and film for years before I ever imagined running for office.”

Maine state senator Eric Brakey won Maine’s GOP Senate primary Tuesday night.

A video of Brakey dancing around in a Speedo made its way around the internet. It appeared on the website, That site is not his official campaign site, but one created by people who support Brakey’s opponent, Angus King.

Before entering politics, Brakey worked as an actor and did a spot seven years ago for a commercial. That spot was edited to create the video posted to the imposter site, making it appear as though Brakey filmed a video of himself dancing around his room in a speedo for an uncomfortable length of time.

After two days of snide remarks and misreporting the Brakey campaign had enough. Thursday, his campaign sent an email to set the record straight.

This reporting is grossly inaccurate.

The Facts:

  • The original spot was from a professional commercial shot for Vita Coco Coconut Water before Senator Eric Brakey was elected to office and working as a professional actor.
  • The commercial was filmed seven years ago.
  • The video was brought up as issue in Sen. Eric Brakey’s first race for Maine State Senate, but voters cared more about the real issues facing Maine — electing Eric Brakey over a 36-year incumbent politician in a 20 point landslide.
  • The current video being circulated is NOT the original video, nor was it produced by Sen. Brakey’s campaign.
    • The current version was made by internet trolls, and has been edited, altered, and put to new music to make it as unflattering as possible.
    • The video was posted to a troll site,, that is an run by supporters of Angus King
    • Original video available here:

“I’m a real human being, not a career politician, and I worked professionally in theatre and film for years before I ever imagined running for office,” said Sen. Brakey.  “This campaign is about fighting for Maine and against special interests in Washington DC, and I won’t let false and distorted attacks and internet trolls distract from that.”


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Diverso, ma uguale?! | June 15, 2018 at 7:46 am

Let this be a lesson on how undignified acting and all other forms of prostitution can be.

And yet every news outlet and blog treated it as important.

    Ratbert in reply to Crawford. | June 15, 2018 at 8:38 am

    And the oppenent’s name is Angus King? Where is the Angus on a person? My lord, the abuse that name must have produced during school growing up…..

    Liz in reply to Crawford. | June 15, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Including Kemberlee’s original post, which does not have an “update”.

    If you actually go to the “fake” website, the video is the only thing on it.

healthguyfsu | June 15, 2018 at 8:30 am

Yep, unfortunately this one did too. It is important now, but not for the reasons reported.

No big deal.

johnnycab23513 | June 15, 2018 at 8:55 am

As I recall, no one made a big deal out of Rham Emanuel being a ballet dancer!

Pfffftt. Actors. Like that guy who hosted Death Valley Days. There’s no future in it.

casualobserver | June 15, 2018 at 9:37 am

Soooo, is it King’s official position that people who get paid to act and make commercials should not be allowed into the elected class? Who knew that entertainment was so dishonorable. Curious to see if his campaign has still welcomed some cash from that world….

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | June 15, 2018 at 9:41 am

Man, it took him a long time to respond to the spoof. He may need a new campaign manager.

    A delay in addressing this fraudulent representation might actually work FOR Brakey. Lying and fakery are becoming huge turn-offs for voters. Brakey readily admits that he was an actor and explained that the video was part of a commercial that he shot which was edited to make it seem as though it was a personal video released by his campaign. Being an actor never stopped Ronald Regan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jessie Ventura or a dozen other actors and entertainers from being elected to office.

He’s dressed. There’s a matter of privacy. No [wholly innocent] fetuses, offspring, babies were aborted. What’s the issue? Envy?

Streisand Effect. It would not have been a bad move for Eric to uploaded the video to the website himself. It is more likely to help than to hurt him.