Donnelly parodies 'Veep' in new campaign ad

Sen. Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyK Street giants scoop up coveted ex-lawmakers Obama honors 'American statesman' Richard Lugar Former GOP senator Richard Lugar dies at 87 MORE (D-Ind.) this week released a campaign ad that closely mirrors a faux ad from the comedy television show "Veep." 

Donnelly in his ad "Axe" chops wood as he touts his policy positions, making multiple wood-related puns along the way. 


The ad is a near-exact parody of campaign ad "Chopping" by fictional congressional candidate Jonah Ryan on "Veep." 

Both real-life candidate Donnelly and fictional Ryan chop wood outside and make extensive use of forest-related wordplay. 

"I split with my own part to support funding for Trump's border wall," Donnelly, a moderate Democrat, says in the ad. "The liberal lefts wants to chop defense spending. No way!”

“I voted to extend the Bush tax cuts," he continues. "And [Republican opponent] Mike Braun? He ships jobs to China. We’ve got to cut that out.” 

Ryan in the fictional ad jokes that the president thinks "she can chop our prosperity, our dignity and our stature around the world - but someone is chopping back." 

Timothy Simons, the actor who played Ryan, reacted to Donnelly's ad on Twitter, posting, "IM SENDING THIS MOTHERF------ A CEASE AND DESIST." 

The campaign of Donnelly's Republican opponent Mike Braun in a press release accused Donnelly's ad of being "stolen straight from a parody ad in HBO's Veep." 

Donnelly's campaign did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee in a press release accused Donnelly of pretending to chop wood, citing Twitter users who said the Indiana senator in the video swings his ax at "precut wood."   

Recent polls have found Donnelly leading Braun by only a few points. The nonpartisan Cook Political report rates the race a "toss-up." 

Donnelly is one of ten vulnerable Democratic senators seeking to keep their seats in states that went to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE in 2016. He has sought to present himself as a moderate Democrat that seeks to reach across the aisle.

Trump has endorsed Braun.