Meet Eric Brakey - Our Lewiston Senate Candidate

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Fred Prince
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Meet Eric Brakey - Our Lewiston Senate Candidate

This weirdo has more control of the Maine Republican party than the governor does. Time for some self-reflection people.

zmogus
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Good grief. That's a joke,

Good grief. That's a joke, isn't it? Is that really Eric Brakey? Is he doing a Brakey Dance?

Robert Reed
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Take a wild guess at the

Take a wild guess at the Democrat strategy on this race....

Old Dame Fortune
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Theres a whole series of them

Theres a whole series of them out there.

Bob S
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This weirdo has more control

This weirdo has more control of the Maine Republican party than the governor does.

That is simply not true Fred. Brakey is running for Lois Snowe Mellos old seat. The D's played really dirty politics to get John Cleveland elected. It looks like it is starting early. Naran, wake up, I see a nightmare coming on.

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Bob, the nightmare is the

Bob, the nightmare is the video above. No dirty tricks need to be played when you have a candidate with videos like this out there for the world to see. This kid clearly has some issues. The D's didn't make this video he did.

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According to the YouTube

According to the YouTube posting, Mr. Brakey was an actor. Politics aside, are these videos auditions for a commercial? Why start a thread pretending they are something else?

Eric Brakey
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Hi Fred, I had a good laugh

Hi Fred,

I had a good laugh watching that again. I hadn't seen it in a few years. Thank you for sharing and helping to promote some of the comedic work I've done as an actor.

This was part of an online advertisement I did for Vita CoCo (a popular coconut water beverage) a few years ago while I was working professionally as an actor in New York City. I still keep up with my comedic acting. Come see me performing in Monty Python's Spamalot at the Lewiston/Auburn Community Little Theatre in August. Tickets are available at LACLT.com

For those interested, you can also see some of the extra work I did with JestComedy (a production company associated with CollegeHumor).


Here is the full Vita Coco ad for any who want to see it. I hope people get a few laughs out of it. I know we all had a lot fun producing it and I am proud to know that it is still entertaining people.


Since you like the commercial so much, be sure to pick up some Vita CoCo at a grocery store near you.

taxfoe
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Apollo is going to be heart

Apollo is going to be heart broken.

Ugenetoo
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I'm sure he will pick up the

I'm sure he will pick up the pieces and move on to something bigger and brighter.

Perhaps the Green party?

Peter
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Fred Prince
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Interesting. I hope you're

Interesting.

I hope you're prepared to have every registered voter in your district see you dancing in your underwear, because Democrats will drop still shots from this video in a relentless direct mail campaign. Since this is a senate race also you need to prepare yourself for clips of this tape spliced into television ads that make you look pretty bad. I'm sure voters like Bob S. will enjoy watching you prance naked around your bedroom over and over, but generally putting oneself in such a humiliating situation is considered bad for those who aspire to higher office. And I think many will consider it an embarrassment for the Republican brand.

I don't think people who understand your an actor will mind that much, but most will not get the benefit of your explanation. And many will question whether sending an actor/comedian to Augusta is appropriate.

Regardless, I wish the best for you young man. Might I suggest "Dancing Queen" as the campaign's theme song?

Peter
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Freddie, Is it his choice of

Freddie,
Is it his choice of profession that concerns you? I am trying to understand your thought process in making this none issue an issue? All elected officials have professional lives, are you suggesting that we ought to take into consideration 'professional' choices candidates make?

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"dancing in your underwear"

"dancing in your underwear" is hardly a disqualification for public office in Lewistown. Didn't they elect the lady that showed up for a committee hearing wearing a clown nose?

I'd say Eric should make a campaign commercial reminiscent of this - and LEAD with it. It worked for Ms. World of Warcraft.

Fred Prince
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Let me break it down for

Let me break it down for you:
- Man allows himself to be filmed acting like an idiot, in his underwear
- Man wants people to vote for him
- People watch film of idiotic behavior
- People don't vote for him

I'm no political scientist, but I don't think the fact that he wants to be an actor changes this dynamic. Getting paid to dance in your underwear by a coconut company is a perfectly legitimate career choice, in fact I'd have to say I'm envious. But one must accept the ramifications of this career choice, one of those being a marginal amount of social disgrace when your political opponents get hold of the tape.

"Dancing queen, young and sweet, only seventeen..."

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I'm with the Thras-Peter

I'm with the Thras-Peter coalition. While the video does appear a bit odd, Eric's good spirited explanation is good enough for me.

As for the candidate's introductory post? Straight from the back of a Cheerios box. You've got to grab the voters attention, kid. A few seconds of that video would spice things up nicely. (I said with a nod to Thras.)

As an after thought, I never heard of the promoted product, how is IT doing?

I'm no ad man but I'd bet someone spent some money to focus-group the ad campaign and found something that resonated. Not exactly apples to apples but .. who knows? This ain't your father's GOP!

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Thrasybulus
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Seems to have worked for Ron

Seems to have worked for Ron Reagan Jr. Or how about Senator Scott Brown?

Peter
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Help me understand your

Help me understand your perspective...so if a Physician performed abortions or Lawyer represented child molesters that too would be disqualifiers?
Or is it just that fact that he reminds us of Sen Franken to much to be take him seriously?
I don't know Eric so please don't think that I am defending him, I just don't see any issue with him being a thesbian

Islander
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Maybe Fred can give us a list

Maybe Fred can give us a list of acceptable professions. If lived in Brakey's district he would get my vote.

Fred Prince
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I don't have a problem with

I don't have a problem with his profession at all. I love exotic dancers.

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Eric doesn't have control

Eric doesn't have control over the MEGOP, he just has their respect. Shame on anonymous posters for (trying to) tear down good conservatives.

Besides, with Eric's super awesome dance moves, I bet he could capture the youth vote.

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Anonymity on AMG is a

Anonymity on AMG is a time-honored tradition. Our Founding Fathers knew the value of being able to exercise the First Amendment while remaining anonymous, and AMG supports that practice for anyone who wishes to do so.

Thanks.

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Some of this concern about

Some of this concern about Brakey may stem from unfamiliarity with the drink he was seeking to promote: Vita Coco. Neither Vita Coco nor coconut water are well-known hereabouts but they actually represent a substantial marketing and financial success story.

Here is comment from the company's co-founder:

“We want to own coconut water like Tropicana owns orange juice or Gatorade owns sports drinks,” Michael Kirban, the chief executive officer of Vita Coco, said in an interview with the Huntington Post.

The Post's story goes on to say that Vita Coco is already the top-selling coconut water brand in the U.S., controlling about 60 percent of the market, according to 2012 data from market research firm SPINS. The company made roughly $150 million in revenue last year, and it’s on track to land at around $250 million in 2013.

So, doing ad work for Vita Coco was at least good resume item for wanna-be advertising geniuses no matter how dopey they had to act to get the gig. Also, the tone of Brakey's post (above) indicates that he is not only far from a nutcase but might even turn out to be an attractive candidate.

BTW, Vita Coco is supposed to be for sale at Walmart and or it can be ordered through Amazon.Com.

Mike G
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This kid clearly has some

This kid clearly has some issues.. Ironically posted by RandyTrausers

Melvin Udall
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Thesbian? Is that some sort

Thesbian? Is that some sort of hybrid gender expression mix that has not yet been memorialized in medical documentation?

Peter: All elected officials have professional lives, are you suggesting that we ought to take into consideration 'professional' choices candidates make?

To begin with, the premise of your question is certifiably false.

Secondly, you is what you is, and when you put yourself out there and ask for people to prefer you over other choices, you gotta take the consequences of your public image as they evolve in the public arena. Could a political genius turn it into a winner? Maybe so.

Would reasonable adults advise their children that the way to a career in politics is the path Brakey is on? I doubt it.

He won't be on my ballot, and I won't vote for a Dem. But so far, I'm not inclined to stand up and cheer.

Ginger Taylor
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You think THAT video of him

You think THAT video of him is bad... consider this...

He also played Felix Unger in the Odd Couple reciently... and apparently did a very good job. "“The Odd Couple” marks Eric Brakey’s first CLT performance. His portrayal of Felix Ungar is outstanding. He has professional acting credits from New York City and a degree in theatre performance." http://www.sunjournal.com/news/encore/2013/06/12/review-clts-odd-couple-...

So he probably really high strung and has OCD.

Brakey has admitted that he is playing a part in Spam a lot, and we know Monte Python were in drag most of the time... so Eric is also probably a tranny.

AND he even posted video of him buying cigarettes... so we can be sure he smokes as well.

And I can reveal that he told me he once played a guy who died, and then climbed out of the casket to sing a song saying goodbye to his wife and friends. We can't have zombies for Republican candidates in Maine! This is bad.

Plus... we have a WAY bigger problem than just the fact that he dances in a spedo. As we know... Dem's have a huge problems with the free expression of human sexuality... and Brakey's commercial might offend their delicate sensabilities.

Also we need to worry about the demographic of people who are alergic to coconut.

This really does besmirch the reputation of the GOP... we can't have people believing that we are funny or "like to laugh." Better call a special meeting of the Republican State Committee to deal with this crisis.

PS... Anthony Hopkins eats people. True story.

Ginger Taylor
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This just in: Eric Brakey

This just in:

Eric Brakey wears a pink jacket as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple. Probably gay.

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Is Eric Brakey Sam Rockwell's

Is Eric Brakey Sam Rockwell's illegitimate child? Discuss.

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