Maine state Senate candidate Eric Brakey defended the footage of him dancing in a swimsuit on Tuesday, clarifying that it was for an ad he performed in during his time as an actor.
Brakey explained that the video was for Vita Coco coconut water and that he had filmed it during his time in New York. He noted that people who drank it would feel like dancing and being Brazilian, and said that he would stand behind the work, which was a “real fun time.”
“It shows that I’m a full human being with more experience than just working in politics,” Brakey said. “I think that’s something that people want … not just a career politician.”
The 25-year-old Brakey added that people should know his real personality, and not just his political face.
In an email received by former Christian Civic League employee and church pastor Mike Hein, which circulated the dancing video, Hein said Brakey looked as though he were possessed by demons.
Local conservatives chastised him for "flamboyantly prancing around” in a printed red Speedo.
Brakey graduated from Ohio University with a degree in theatre, and worked as an actor for two years in New York before becoming a politician. He now serves as chairman for the Defense of Liberty PAC, but he is still involved in acting gigs.