Speaker of the House John Boehner's (R-Ohio) primary challenger was dismissed from his adjunct professorship at a small Christian college over a web ad in which he said Boehner suffers from "electile dysfunction."
J.D. Winteregg had taught at Cedarville University in Ohio for the past three years.
"Cedarville University does not engage in partisan politics and holds a high regard for displaying Christian values in the community," Cedarville University said in a statement. "When faculty or staff members participate in political conversations, interviews, advertisements, or endorsements, they are doing so as individual citizens. Mr. Winteregg in his recent political campaign video did not represent the views or values of Cedarville University."
Winteregg's campaign released an ad fashioned after commercials for Cialis, the erectile dysfunction drug.
"Your electile dysfunction, it could be a question of blood flow. Sometimes when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head and he just can't seem to get the job done," the ad's narrator says.
Winteregg identified the ad as the reason he was fired in an interview with The Washington Post on Monday.
"They said because of the ad that my relationship with them will be done. It's over," Winteregg told the paper. "The ad obviously touched a nerve."
Winteregg has received support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund, which has spent approximately $320,000 on voter outreach against Boehner.
Boehner began airing television ads in Cincinnati and Dayton earlier this month, though he is widely expected to win the May 6 primary in Ohio's 8th District by a large margin.
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