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Maine conservative Senate candidate defends ‘flamboyantly prancing around’ in YouTube video

Posted Aug. 06, 2013, at 11:43 a.m.
Last modified Aug. 06, 2013, at 1:13 p.m.

A screen grab from an ad that features Maine Senate candidate Eric Brakey dancing in a Brazilian-style swimsuit.

A screen grab from an ad that features Maine Senate candidate Eric Brakey dancing in a Brazilian-style swimsuit.

Eric Brakey

Eric Brakey
LEWISTON, Maine — A state senate candidate seeking election in 2014 said he’s proud of a video clip that includes footage of him dancing in a Brazilian-style swimsuit.
Eric Brakey of New Gloucester said Tuesday the footage of him dancing in front of a mirror is part of a national ad campaign he worked on as a professional actor in New York.
“That’s my background and I’m still doing a lot of acting,” Brakey said. “I’m an actor and when I was working professionally in New York City this was a real fun, wonderful opportunity doing a commercial for a national brand.”
Brakey has also posted in the online forum As Maine Goes, defending his work in the advertisement.
Brakey is also the chairman of the Defense of Liberty PAC, a conservative political action committee formed to support conservative candidates in Maine.
The ad was meant to tout Vita Coco, a coconut drink. “The idea is … people drink it, they want to dance and be Brazilian so you’ve got people dancing in Brazilian Speedos. It was a real fun time and I stand behind the work.”
The actual rough cut of the ad features several different men of different races and body types dancing in similar swimsuits.
Mike Hein, a former executive director for the Christian Civic League in Maine, has sent a compressed version of the video to media outlets, criticizing Brakey’s “family values” for dancing in a swimsuit. In a post on the video on YouTube, Hein writes, “Well, well, well. If it isn’t Mr. ‘Family Values Matter’ State Senate candidate himself flamboyantly prancing around in his underwear.”
Hein sent a copy of an email message he sent to the pastors of Brakey’s church, East Auburn Baptist.
In that message Hein describes Brakey, “dancing around in his underwear in his bedroom, as though he were demon-possessed.”
Brakey is running for Maine Senate District 15. The seat is currently held by John Cleveland, an Auburn Democrat. The election for the seat isn’t until 2014 but Brakey announced his campaign earlier this year.
Tuesday he said he continues to work as an actor and will be appearing in a production of “Spamalot” by the Community Little Theater in Auburn that opens this weekend. Brakey is a part of the chorus in that show, he said. He also recently starred in the theater’s production of the “Odd Couple.” Brakey played the role of Felix Unger.
Brakey will also star in the lead role for the theater’s upcoming production of “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Hein also criticizes Brakey for supporting abortion in the case where the mother’s life is in danger, but Brakey said Tuesday he hasn’t taken any formal position on abortion yet.
“I don’t know where he is getting that from,” Brakey said.
Monday was also “National Underwear Day.” Brakey said he was unaware of the coincidence.

CORRECTION:

An earlier version of this story requires correction. The next Maine legislative elections are in 2014, not 2015.