When you’re a Democrat running in Ohio, who you gonna call? Cory Hoffman.
Hoffman, an attorney and the Democratic candidate for the Ohio House of Representatives in OH-67, has quietly released the best political ad of the year.
The Greatest Political Ad You Will Ever See! #WhoYaGonnaVote? #CoryHoffman #DontGetStuck #WithKrisJordan – #YaBetterVote #CoryHoffman! ?- Check it out @Lesdoggg ?✊ – #Ghostbusters pic.twitter.com/4SEjyDdeW4
— Cory Hoffman (@CoryForOhio) October 22, 2018
It’s a full Ghostbusters parody, complete with Rick Moranis and Annie Potts imitations. Hoffman dresses in full ghost-busting gear warning people about his opponent, Republican Kris Jordan, and his “strange mailers.” And he does it all within the catchy Ghostbusters theme. All that’s missing is Slimer.
Hoffman’s ad hits simple political notes while staying silly enough to entertain. He asks voters if they’re tired of career politicians and “experience dread” at the idea of another Republican representing them for eight more years. He goofily dances with a lawn sign. And later in the ad, he uses people from OH-67 to repeat his name as the refrain. By the end you want to vote for him based on sheer creativity, even if you’ve never stepped foot in central Ohio.
Unfortunately, the creative ad probably won’t do much for Hoffman in a primarily Republican district. Donald Trump won OH-67 55-40 in the 2016 presidential election. Incumbent Andrew Brenner won more than 65 percent of the vote in both 2016 and 2014. At the risk of being too on the nose, Hoffman doesn’t have a ghost of a chance of winning the race.
But no one understands the long odds better than Hoffman. It’s why his campaign’s lawn signs look like Captain America’s shield—the more attention he can draw, the better.
“It’s a tough race [that] doesn’t attract bigger donors because they don’t think it’s a swing district,” Hoffman told cleveland.com. “So, we just decided to have some fun with it.”