WATCH: Speedo-clad Candidate’s Racy Dance Moves Back in Spotlight
If it's on the internet it must be true, right?
A candidate for senate in Maine has been targeted with a video featuring him dancing and gyrating in tight swim trunks that his campaign said was posted by "internet trolls."
Though the remixed video was labeled as “political satire” on YouTube, it took on a life of its own.
In a written statement released Thursday for Republican U.S. senate candidate Eric Brakey, David Boyer wrote, “the coverage has been loaded with negative conations (sic) and snide remarks and implies that the video, as it stands, is new and recently posed (sic) by the candidate himself.”
The video was outtakes from a Vita Coco Coconut Water advertisement made in 2011 when Brakey was about 25-years-old. Several other male actors appear individually wearing tight trunks dance to a soundtrack.
In the edited video, only Blakey appears and moves to the song Harlem Shake. It gives the impression it is a personal video.
The edited version first appeared in 2013 when Brakey was running for state Senate. It has since been resurrected — one day after Brakey became the Rupublican nominee for U.S. Senate from Maine.
Brakey told the Portland Press Herald in 2013 that it was purposely comedic.
Boyer wrote Thursday saying the current video being circulated is NOT the original video, nor was it produced by 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.
Brakey said in 2013 the edited video was circulated by political activist Mike Hein.
“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,” Brakey said in the statement Thursday.
According to published reports, Hein himself attracted attention from his behavior, including an incident where he allegedly kicked a puppy while on a recreation trail in 2015. Hein was charged with animal cruelty. He was found not guilty.