What do Alaska’s lone congressman, a legendary 98-year-old bush pilot, the father-in-law of a sitting U.S. senator, side-by-side all-terrain vehicles and the sexual performance of elderly men have in common?
Unfortunately, they all make an appearance in the latest ad from Fairbanks’ outdoor vehicle retailer Compeau’s.
Alaska’s Rep. Don Young makes a cameo in the dealership’s latest ad by stumbling across three of the Interior’s living legends who’re making jokes about how the 2017 Can-Am Defender… um… raises their spirits? Pitches their tent? Curves their hot dog?
See for yourself:
The eager driver of the Can-Am Defender is 98-year-old Urban Rahoi, who made headlines in 2016 for flying himself back to Fairbanks on a hunch just hours before he had a stroke. Also in attendance is Bud Fate, the 87-year-old father-in-law to U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, and Cliff Everts, another legend in Alaska aviation. The trio has appeared in a handful of ads for the dealership, which is owned by Craig Compeau of “Doomsday Preppers” fame.
It won’t be the first time a politician talked about the little blue pill known as Viagra in an ad, but at least Bob Dole left office before endorsing the product.
Also on a legal note, it doesn’t appear that Young’s cameo appearance in the private, non-political ad breaks any ethics laws because he didn’t get get paid, which has been confirmed with his office. Getting paid for such an endorsement would violate rules against outside employment.
One political insider’s observation on the ad: “Their acting was stiff.”
Another wondered why there was a hot dog sitting against a tree before expressing deep, existential horror at the remaining content.