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Michigan candidate Dana Nessel releases scorching campaign ad urging voters to elect more women

Dana Nessel is the Democratic candidate for Michigan Attorney General, and she just dropped what’s probably the most savage political ad of the year.

“If the last few weeks has taught us anything, it’s that we need more women in positions of power, not less,” Nessel says in the above ad as photos of Roy Moore, Charlie Rose, and Donald Trump flash by. “So when you’re choosing Michigan’s next attorney general, ask yourself this: Who can you trust most not to show you their penis in a professional setting? Is it the candidate who doesn’t have a penis? I’d say so.” Had she waited a few days she could’ve thrown Matt Lauer up there, too.


Nessel, a civil rights lawyer best known for convincing a court to nix Michigan’s marriage equality ban long before the U.S. Supreme Court took a stance, doesn’t stop there. She also responds to concern about an “all-female ticket” for Michigan Democrats in 2018. Since Sen. Debbie Stabenow is up for reelection, there’s a good chance her party will have female nominees for the statewide offices of senator, governor, attorney general and secretary of state. “I’m a woman. That’s not a liability, that’s an asset,” she says in response.

Though Nessel’s plans contain multitudes—read about them on her campaign website—here she stays on theme by promising to take all sex crimes seriously while also combating sexual harassment in the workplace. In a dig at Harvey Weinstein and Steven Seagal, she also promises not to “walk around in a half-open bathrobe.”

The primary election isn’t until August 7, 2018, but Nessel’s already got not just her constituents, but the whole country talking.


Nessel defended her message when interviewed by a Detroit TV station yesterday, saying, “I think the ad was rather tame when it comes to the news stories that have come out whether they are journalists, whether they’re in Hollywood, or whether they’re political representatives - we’ve heard some pretty lewd stories coming out.”


You’ll probably want to follow her on Twitter, too.


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Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.