Houses of “representatives”? Esrati produces 2nd YouTube spot- priceless

The “House of Representatives” is supposed to represent the general population. The seat is only held 2 years at a time. Perfect for the citizen leader. However, we now have a bunch of millionaire lawyers in the House- and it’s not about to change.

I did a little digging so that residents of Ohio-3 can see what kinds of houses the candidates live in- so they can see who best represents them. Numbers are straight off Montgomery County property records.

Jane Mitakides lives in a 6,446 square foot house, with a value of $716,000- it’s in the “Private Community” called “Country Place” in Centerville.

Michael R. Turner lives in a smaller house, 3,612 square feet, with a value of $457,720. It’s in the gated community of Stone Lake. From what we can tell on the property records- there is no mortgage on this house.

I live in the South Park Historic district in a 1,962 square foot house, with a value of $66,310. I bought the house on Jan 28, 1986 for $14,500. I can assure you, thanks to being a small businessman, it’s mortgaged to the hilt.

The spot is a takeoff on the Mastercard Priceless campaign, it’s been one of the greatest ad campaigns that has stood the test of time.

I hope you enjoy our take on it.

I’ve also made it available as a downloadable podcast version on iTunes or here- so you can take it on your iPod or iPhone and share it with your friends.

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15 Responses

  1. Greg Hunter January 17, 2008 / 9:43 pm
  2. S.Zell January 18, 2008 / 9:18 am
    No walking
    No Biking
    No Dog walking Who’d want to live there?

    At those property values, the taxes alone would destroy an average workers wage.

    Try paying $15,598.18 a year in property taxes.

  3. gene January 18, 2008 / 9:50 am
    This was not your best work – keep your eye on the ball and worry less about where people live. Most people appreciate success, and you slam them for it. What does this really have to do with your campaign? Compare and contrast ideas and track records, not houses. Your message is that you are more like the average Daytonian, and if the average Daytonian worries about bigger houses in the suburbs well then they will not get very far in their life. Stick to REAL ISSUES – it will benefit you in the long run. Just a thought.
  4. David Esrati January 18, 2008 / 10:30 am

    Gene- obviously you don’t understand irony- that those who choose to represent us, don’t wish to live among us. You also don’t seem to have a clue about what the economic divide is. People who live in houses like that, never have to make a decision about filling the tank or buying meat in the grocery store this week. If you haven’t noticed, the number one homeseller in the region is now the Sheriff. That’s not how things are supposed to work. Maybe if the people we elected, actually were representative of the people- these issues would be getting addressed, instead of steroids in baseball.

  5. gene January 18, 2008 / 12:39 pm
    I agree with you re: steroids in baseball – and BOTH live in #3 – so whatever on that – MAKE A POLITCAL POINT, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT, WHY ARE YOU GOING TO DO IT – and stop showing me houses. I do understand your point, but I need my vote to go to someone who is going to tackle REAL issues, not film the competitions house. Obviously you don’t understand what this voter wants, so there is the irony. You don’t get it – KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL, not petty issues. Just like the steroids deal -WHO CARES! You say it yourself, REAL ISSUES, now act on it. Most people will agree with me on this, so stop filming and start talking about issues, real ones that is……………… ask most anyone.
  6. David Esrati January 18, 2008 / 1:39 pm

    Gene- funny how the whole Obama asks- I answer – thing didn’t get a peep out of you.

  7. gene January 18, 2008 / 2:18 pm
    must of missed it – I was in Florida then New Orleans – keep it real – and keep it on politics and issues – not houses
  8. J.R. Locke January 18, 2008 / 5:02 pm
    One of the best points you have made Mr. Esrati. A very good video and although some will view this in Gene’s light this is exactly what the problem with politics here in Uh-merica. Representatives have a complete disconnect with their REAL constituents.
  9. gene January 19, 2008 / 1:19 pm
    When did REAL = POOR. Are rich people fake? with fake brains and fake hearts and fake jobs? JR is so REAL.

    I need someone to work for the rich, like me. btw that is a joke.

    How about talking about track records and stuff you have done rather than square footage.

  10. David Esrati January 19, 2008 / 1:24 pm

    Gene- people actually have to WANT to watch my ads- since I’m not forcing them down peoples throats in the middle of American Idol. One idea per ad. One ad at a time.
    The fact that I’ve been talking online for 3 years- and running my mouth in this town for almost 20- should account for something?

  11. Juan January 23, 2008 / 2:34 pm
    Congratulations David!! Based on your opinion that people should vote for someone in the least expensive house, you get to vote for Mike Huckabee!! Welcome to the right side!! ;)

    Although “far-righties” such as Limbaugh would contend that Huckabee is really not a conservative.

  12. David Esrati January 23, 2008 / 2:46 pm

    I place a bet Dennis Kucinich has a cheaper house- they just didn’t cover it- sorry Juan.

  13. Juan January 23, 2008 / 3:21 pm
    Well, execpt for the fact that Kucinich isn’t a Tier-1 candidate (and was scolded on the house floor today), you may be right.

    I’m assuming this is him…. (but I’m not very good with that whole internet searching thing)

    By the way, I heard that DK has a wife that’s smokin’! Any truth to that? ;)

  14. David Esrati January 23, 2008 / 3:50 pm

    DK is on wife number 3. That’s 3 more than me.
    She’s about 30- and attractive.
    And, I think you got his house right.

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