Damian Muziani was on ABC’s webcast “Top Line” today, defending his role as a “hick” in a West Virginia campaign spot for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, seeking to deny Gov. Joe Manchin a seat in the Senate.
The NRSC had pulled an ad it had sponsored on behalf of Manchin’s opponent, John Raese, after it was revealed that a talent agency had put out word that it sought “hicky” actors for the part. (My initial reaction was guilt: See this).
One of Muziani’s chief concerns was that the whole flap would end the common practice of hiring performers to appear in campaign spots as real people. In fact, he argues that the thespians can do a better job than the real thing. What’s more, work is work.
“And that’s what actors are supposed to do. [Gov. Joe] Manchin put out a commercial, saying ‘they hired Philadelphia actors to pretend to be West Virginians.’ So I guess Joe Manchin would rather have real West Virginian actors ripping him on camera. Is that any better?”
He says he is disappointed in President Obama, but not unsympathetic.
“On a broader scope, my opinion is I don’t know if the condition of the country is such that Barack Obama would be able to fix so many things in such a short period of time. So on one hand it’s easy to say, you know, I’m kind of disappointed half-way into the term. On the other hand, I have to think, I don’t know who would’ve done better. I don’t know where we would’ve been with someone else. I know things were bad and they’re still really bad.”
“That’s why getting work is very, very important for everyone – and, of course, the actor,” Muziani added.
Manchin, meanwhile, put out a spot today aimed right at gun clingers, rural voters, angry voters … whatever you want to call them. He puts probably more distance between himself and Obama and the Democrats, literally firing a shot at cap and trade.