CARSON CITY–Republican Daniel Rodimer has traded in his family man persona for that of a rough and tough cowboy in his latest bid to earn a seat in the U.S. Congress. He’s not doing it in Nevada, though.
Rodimer, who also had a short-lived career as a WWE professional wrestler, unsuccessfully ran for office twice in Nevada. In 2018, he lost in the primary to Valerie Weber in his run for Nevada State Senate representing District 8. The following year he ran against Democrat Susie Lee for Nevada’s U.S. House of Representatives seat in Congressional District 3 and was endorsed by a coalition of police unions, including the Reno Police Protective Association. He lost that race in the general election.
Just this week he threw his hat into the ring again, or to be more accurate, he rode a bull into the ring. The re-branded “Big Dan” Rodimer launched a campaign ad to “Make America Texas Again” in a bid for a U.S. House seat representing Texas’ District 6. According to a report in Politico, “he said Ted Cruz and the Trump family sent him.”
The special election for District 6 is to fill a vacancy left by Ronald Wright (R), who died Feb. 7 from complications related to COVID-19. There are 23 candidates in the field, including 10 other Republicans. The election is May 1.
The full-length two-and-a-half-minute ad casts the candidate as a bull-riding, shit-stomping foe of Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. He has a new accent, wardrobe and cowboy swagger as well.
Since the ad hit the airwaves Rodimer has taken hits from all sides, being called a carpetbagger and an opportunist. Many are wondering who the real Dan Rodimer is.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called Rodimer a fake. “We already have enough phonies in congress,” he tweeted. “Texans, please send this Nevada man back to his true home state.”
Fake Texan makes fake video of fake bull ride.— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) March 26, 2021
We already have enough phonies in congress.
Texans, please send this Nevada man back to his true home state (where he lost two prior elections).
Texas shouldn’t import its congressmen.
Big Dan is all hat, no cattle. https://t.co/CcGZsUG4kv
But Nevada isn’t Rodimer’s home state either. He grew up in Rockaway, New Jersey then set out for Florida where he played college football for University of South Florida and semi-pro in the Arena Football League for the Tampa Bay Barracudas. He also earned a law degree in 2013 from a small Catholic school in Naples, Florida. His website notes that he previously lived in Houston and had a home in Galveston, Texas.
In the ad, he says he moved his family—a wife and six children—back to Texas to live in a Constitutional-friendly state. That may be the case, but we’ll have to wait at least a month to see if it’s a Rodimer-friendly state as well.
Watch the full-length ad below.