A campaign advertisement by a female candidate vying to be Michigan's attorney general has suggested that electing more women will put an end to sexual harassment scandals.
Released on Monday, the ad for attorney Dana Nessel shows headlines from recent stories of alleged sexual harassment or assaults involving male politicians and journalists.
“If the last few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we need more women in positions of power, not less,” Nessel says in the ad. “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.”
“I want to tell you what you can expect me not to do,” she adds. “I will not sexually harass my staff, and I won’t tolerate it in your workplace either. I won’t walk around in a half-open bathrobe, and I’ll continue to take all sex crimes seriously just like I did as a prosecutor.”
Nessel, a former prosecutor who once successfully argued against a Michigan same-sex marriage ban, defended the ad.
“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,” Nessel told Fox 2 Detroit.
The Democratic primary is set for Aug. 7, 2018.