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Dan Rodimer ran for Congress in Nevada as a suburban family man and lost. Now he's running in Texas as a gritty cowboy. Critics say it's a bunch of bull.

Published by Business Insider on Tue, 30 Mar 2021


<p><img src="https://static4.businessinsider.com/image/6062c382c9d73b00186e9143-2000/GettyImages-1279232469.jpg" border="0" alt="Dan Rodimer" data-mce-source="Ethan Miller/Getty Images" data-mce-caption="Daniel Rodimer speaks during a rally for former Vice President Mike Pence at the Boulder City Airport on October 8, 2020 in Boulder City, Nevada."></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Dan Rodimer, a New Jersey native and former pro-wrestler, is running for Congress in Texas's 6th Congressional District as <a href="https://twitter.com/DanRodimer/status/1375203707852353537's=20">a cowboy hat-wearing bull rider.</a>&nbsp;</p><p>Rodimer, however, also ran for a congressional seat in Nevada last year as "a small businessman, a family man, living in the suburbs," <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=hVlMk-j8zCM">and lost in November</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>So it appears that he's switched tacks.</p><p>"Send Big Dan to Congress. I know how to handle Nancy Pelosi and stop her bullsh*t," Rodimer says in his new ad, which features a new, more gravelly voice.&nbsp;</p><p>In his Nevada ad, Rodimer can be seen surrounded by his children, speaking in a softer voice. In the ad for his new campaign, he's riding a bull and sporting a throaty Texas accent.</p><p>His campaign <a href="https://danrodimer.com/about-dan/">website</a> says he used to live in Houston and owned a home in Galveston, but the two cities aren't near the district he's running in.&nbsp;</p><p>Some critics are calling him a phony who's playing up a fake Texas twang to garner votes.&nbsp;</p><p>"Fake Texan makes fake video of fake bull ride. We already have enough phonies in congress," Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz <a href="https://twitter.com/mattgaetz/status/1375502013400809477" target="_blank" rel="noopener">tweeted</a>&nbsp;Friday. "Texas shouldn't import its congressmen. Big Dan is all hat, no cattle."</p><p>Rodimer told <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/29/politics/dan-rodimer-campaign-ads-texas-cnntv/index.html">CNN</a> on Monday that he did use a body double for parts of the bull ride shown in the ad.&nbsp;</p><p>"I actually stayed on for 11 seconds and the only reason I was able to get off -- well, unfortunately, my hand was stuck, so I couldn't get off sooner -- we didn't get the full filming of it, and, yeah, we had other people jump in to be body doubles," he said.</p><p>Rodimer has been mired in controversy regarding previous physical assault allegations during his 2020 campaign. His wife was featured in <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/congressional-candidate-dan-rodimer-releases-ad-refuting-attacks-by-his-opponent-susie-lee-against-his-family-301151679.html">a campaign video explaining 911 calls</a> she made against him in 2018 before they were married. At the time, she alleged he stole money, jewelry, and guns from her.</p><p>Rodimer's campaign did not reply to Insider's email request for comment at the time of publication.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/dan-rodimer-running-congress-texas-he-lost-bid-nevada-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-modest-home-bought-31500-looks-2017-6">Warren Buffett lives in a modest house that's worth .001% of his total wealth</a></p>
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