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The campaign's a stage and Jake Rush says he's being attacked for merely acting


Political newcomer Jake Rush says he's being unfairly attacked by Congressman Ted Yoho's campaign over his acting and gamer past. Here's part of his statement:

SuperheroesALACHUA, Fla., April 1, 2014 -- “As a straight shooter, yes, I play and have played video games, role playing games, board games, Yahtzee, Clue, and I have acted in dozens of theatre productions,” states Jake Rush.

“My undergraduate degree is in the classics, and I have been raised with a deep appreciation for theatre, costumes and art,” continues Jake Rush.

“All my life, I’ve been blessed with a vivid imagination from playing George Washington in elementary  school to dressing up as a super hero last Halloween for trick or treaters. Any cursory review of the Internet will show that I have played heroes and villains,” continued Jake Rush.

"I have never hid nor shied away from disclosing my hobby activities. When I was hired at the Sheriff’s
office, I fully disclosed my gaming and theatre background on the application, and these hobbies posed
absolutely no problem or raised any flags. In fact, when applying for undercover work, these hobbies
were considered an advantage, so much so my shift lieutenant nicknamed me ‘Shakespeare’”, continues
Jake Rush.

“I have undergone no less than three background checks in my professional career: when I applied at
the Sheriff’s office, when I applied to the Florida Bar, and when I applied to join the Sheriff’s office again as a reserve officer. I have always been found to be of high moral character and fitness,” says Jake Rush.

“As a practicing Christian, I am deeply offended that the opposing campaign and their supporters would take a gaming and theatre hobby and mischaracterize it,” continued Jake Rush. “The very definition of acting is expressing ideas and thoughts that are not your own, just like I don’t
believe I am MacBeth, which I have played, I am none of the characters,” continued Jake Rush.

“The opposition should be ashamed with their game playing; this is yet another example of the
buffoonery that always follows Ted Yoho. In an attempt to deflect from his moral and political failings,
the opposing campaign shamelessly believes he needs to impugn Jake’s character with innuendo,
misleading photos and gossip,” says campaign manager Remzey Samarrai.

“Clearly, Ted Yoho and his supporters want to talk about anything other than his abysmal congressional
record: a vote to fund Obamacare, a vote for the budget, a vote to cut Veterans benefits, and an
isolationist foreign affairs policy. None of which liberal-libertarian Yoho is addressing,” says Alex Patton, general consultant to the campaign.

“Bottom line - There is nothing wrong with being a gamer. It’s kinda nerdy, but North Central Florida
deserves a legitimate debate on the issues instead of Ted Yoho’s usual sideshow distractions,” concludes Jake Rush.

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I miss boring old Cliff Stearns.

Will Foote

Kinda reminds me of Florida Senator George "Redneck" Smathers accusing his Senate opponent, Claude Pepper of having a sister who was a "Known Thespian" in New York City in 1950! Amazing how far we have progressed in 64 years!

Truth Out

Jake Rush has posted on the Internet sexually violent content including a rape scene with explicit language. News to Jake and his campaign manager Alex Patton: this is not normal.

Ken Willey

I've heard Yoho explain all of his votes. Just make an effort to go hear him at a townhall or other event. I don't agree with some of his votes, but I understand why he voted the way he did.

Mr Yoho's foreign policy stance is far from isolationism. I guess if you stray from the chickenhawk path you get labeled isolationist.


@ Truth Out, where is this video, can you provide a link?
As far as this guy's geekdom, it shouldn't be a big deal imo.


When judging this guy, remember- fantasy football is just D&D for jocks ;-)


@ Truth Out, and Arnold Schwarzenegger played violent gun toting characters that killed people. Just because it was written rp'ing (because that happens in between the twice a month games, characters lives keep going even when the actors real life does as well) so we RP on forums or email lists because the time required to rp in the game doesn't always allow for the time, OR such scenes to actually be physically rp'd out. Educate yourself on the game you are criticizing. ACTING he doesn't believe in raping others violently, he passed his background checks for hells bells sake.

I am a MET participant, and I pretend to be a werewolf who well as werewolves are known to do, kill things.. Ohhh but IRL I'm pretty anti violence to the point very unlike my liberal beliefs do not think we should allow guns in the hands of the general public.. It's acting. It's an adult activity that requires players to be legal age to play.

When my character gets into a fight when I'm at the live action game, we resolve these challenges with Rock Paper Scissors. So yea.. Get educated.

Wanna know what else we do, charity work, lots of it. Don't forget that we do much to support our local communities.

Diana Sperring

It's insane that people care about any of this. Judge only by their actions in regards to how someone represents the people by their actions on the job. Who votes the way you believe. Who represents you where it matters on the subjects at hand.

What someone does on their own time in their personal life as long as they are law abiding is irrelevant to me. Senseless waste of anyone's time. Don't they have anything better to do. Let's discuss issues please. Let the candidates debate issues meaningful to the people not the trash talk known as gossip. If I was candidate Rush I wouldn't try to answer or even acknowledge or address that conversation at all.

The sheriffs office, FL Bar both investigate and give him full approval. I tend to lean towards trusting them.

Diana Sperring, average citizen.


i like their matching outfits.

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