Former professional wrestler "Big Dan" Rodimer won the Republican primary to represent Nevada's 3rd district before losing to Democrat Susie Lee in 2020.
While running to represent NV-03, Rodimer tweeted:
"Nevada is my home and the home of my family. I will always fight to protect it and the great people of this state. God Bless Nevada!"
In the nine months since that tweet, he's moved to Texas.
Now, he's entered the political ring there, filing to represent the state's 6th District just minutes before the deadline, in a special election to replace Republican Congressman Ron Wright, who died last month of the virus that's killed over 500 thousand Americans.
Rodimer released a campaign video that reads almost as a parody.
Are you sick of the BULL coming out of DC? Texas has BIG Problems - we need to send a BIG FIGHTER to Congress to so… https://t.co/9D4M3MheK4— Big Dan Rodimer (@Big Dan Rodimer)1616709088.0
The video features a man purported to be Rodimer (it never shows the man's face) riding a bull named "Nancy Pelosi," who successfully bucks him into the air and onto the ground.
After demonizing trans kids and claiming Democrats hate Texas' way of life, Rodimer calls on the viewer to "Make America Texas Again."
People soon noticed that Rodimer's persona in his latest campaign ads is drastically different than the one he presented in his failed Nevada race only last year.
who is the REAL big dan rodimer?? https://t.co/OLBdTohwvG https://t.co/7mcjndHuLR— 🎥 Mark Helenowski (@🎥 Mark Helenowski)1616779962.0
In the Nevada campaign video, Rodimer has no accent and, in a soft-spoken voice around an octave higher, touts his record while appearing with his family.
In the Texas campaign video, he promises to stop House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's "bulls**t."
Rodimer was immediately called out for the personality makeover—even by far-right Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz.
Fake Texan makes fake video of fake bull ride. We already have enough phonies in congress. Texans, please send t… https://t.co/hMS310pauj— Matt Gaetz (@Matt Gaetz)1616780210.0
You're literally from Nevada https://t.co/09fziMFVd3— Brock Meers 🥦 (@Brock Meers 🥦)1616718004.0
He went to seton hall prep in a suburb of Nee Jersey lmao https://t.co/DkQmbZ5EUt— Sensei Carlos (@Sensei Carlos)1616771127.0
Big Dan is a big lie. https://t.co/Wuj3sO2Ftc https://t.co/2hAA6ble2D— Lauren Werner 🇺🇸 (@Lauren Werner 🇺🇸)1616726044.0
Carpetbagger. Fraud. Fake Texan https://t.co/0R1QnxDQoB— Devin...PNW4Ever 🇺🇸🌲 (@Devin...PNW4Ever 🇺🇸🌲)1616724013.0
People couldn't believe it was a genuine campaign ad.
extreme "fake campaign ad from a 30 Rock episode" vibes https://t.co/zhkpLUsN7P— Natalie Shure (@Natalie Shure)1616757325.0
Beyond this guy actually being from New Jersey, this plays out like a parody of Americans as a whole as viewed by s… https://t.co/GqIrH1W493— 𝕱𝕽𝕰𝖄𝕵𝕬 ディア (@𝕱𝕽𝕰𝖄𝕵𝕬 ディア)1616777475.0
the way this isn’t a parody or sketch https://t.co/XH9ujais4v— Stimmy Thick fka Fat Pussy Spokeswoman (@Stimmy Thick fka Fat Pussy Spokeswoman)1616731094.0
Satire is dead. https://t.co/bVPDLJ8GAJ— Amateur Murder Hippy (@Amateur Murder Hippy)1616779072.0
The special election for TX-06 won't be til May, when we'll find out if Texans buy Rodimer's latest persona.