Texas Commissioner Who Ran the Perfect Campaign Ad Wins His Race


You guys remember Gerald Daugherty? He's the Travis County Commissioner who thankfully blessed America with a clean, non-partisan, absolutely hilarious political ad a couple weeks ago that had Democrats and Republicans rolling alike.

It looks like congrats are in order for the incumbent commissioner -- and his poor wife, Charlyn, who was apparently really stressed out the possibility of her husband not getting re-elected.

Here's the ad, in case you missed it. You're welcome.


The Austin-Monitor reported the small-town election had garnered quite a bit of national attention after the ad was launched, although it's unclear whether that helped boost Daugherty to victory in what's considered a swing-county. The ad had been watched more than 3.7 million times on YouTube as of Thursday after the election.

The race’s close result was a dramatic end to a contest that briefly flashed into the national consciousness thanks to a viral ad produced by Daugherty. The spot featured his beleaguered wife asking voters to return her husband to office so that she wouldn’t have to put up with his monomaniacal obsession with wonky policy issues. The gentle, self-deprecating tone of the ad made it a viral sensation in a country battered by bitter partisanship from the White House race on down.

“It was a little tongue-in-cheek,” Daugherty admitted. “But more than anything, she wanted me to be re-elected because she was supportive of me and she knew I had the best interests of Travis County residents in mind.”

Before Election Day, Daugherty and his wife also made cameos in a similar ad for their buddy Casey Lucius, who was running for Congress in California's 20th District. While Lucius ultimately lost the race, her ad was nothing short of priceless. Check it out:


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