Christine Jones, the former Go Daddy lawyer running for Arizona governor, claims she doesn't like the sexy TV ads that made the domain-name company its fortune.
But that didn't stop Jones -- a would-be champion of conservative ideals -- from starring in one of the ads with pinup girl/racecar driver Danica Patrick.
In recent interviews, Jones panders to the Moral Majority wing of her party by distancing herself from the pro-T&A Go Daddy marketing scheme and even suggests the company forced her to do something she found personally offensive.
Jones was asked by the Arizona Republic about the racy ads for an article published on October 6. Here's what she said:
"Q: You've worked for Go Daddy, which is seen by some Republicans as distasteful because of its racy ads. How do you plan on reconciling that perception with voters?
"A: A lot of people have asked me about the Go Daddy ads, and to be candid, I didn't particularly like those ads, either. If I had been running marketing, the ads would've been very different. But in the grand scheme of things, the ads ended up being pretty harmless. The ads really made that company successful, and that success allowed me to focus my personal time on developing policy, which made the Internet a better and safer place for users, especially children. Once people get to know me and they differentiate the marketing spin, which is this kind of edgy, Go Daddy-esque style, from my role there -- which was running a place that had a lot of serious people doing a lot of serious work -- they'll understand there is a difference."
With the Danica Patrick ad, Jones had a chance to make at least one of the racy ads "different" and to show much she disliked the campaign. But there she is, playing Patrick's lawyer in a mock congressional hearing in an ad that still can be seen on YouTube. (Tip of the hat to the observant Yellow Sheet report of the AZ Capitol Times, which first reported this piece of hypocrisy on Monday to its exclusive readership.)
Jones, the company's top lawyer at the time, could have agreed to the advertisement appearance just for fun. Or maybe the gig came with a nice bonus.
But Jones told the Yellow Sheet that starring in the ad wasn't really optional:
"Sometimes, you do things as counsel or you sometimes do things that are necessary to advance the cause of your client or your company, or for your employees, that you may not have invented but it's necessary to do it," Jones [told the Yellow Sheet]. "If I had to sit there and play the straight man and I'm playing Danica Patrick's lawyer, in the grand scheme of things, it's a pretty small thing for them to ask me to do. I certainly didn't volunteer."
It must have quite the horror. After all, Jones, according to her candidate website, is the type of person who "enjoys singing the National Anthem at military events and singing with her church praise team on Sunday mornings."
Yet we're not sure we believe Jones truly dislikes the Go Daddy ads just because that's what she's saying now, when she's got a political reputation to build.
Back in August, we published an article that shows, thanks to the magic of photoshopping, what Jones might look like wearing some of the Go Daddy girls' skimpiest outfits.
After we published the article, Jones tweeted that she couldn't stop laughing. Then she retweeted our article to the Go Daddy girls, gleefully telling them, "Here's what I'd look like in your costumes!" She kept track of which of our photo illustrations people seemed liked best, tweeting that, "Motorcycle definitely in first place so far, with @danicapatrick fire suit a close second."
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We appreciated those tweets, don't get us wrong. But they don't read like they're from someone who's offended or who "didn't particularly like those ads."
So who's the real Christine Jones? The fun-loving gal who doesn't mind exploiting the female form for money -- or the church lady?
Jones didn't return our phone call on Tuesday. However, Brian Seitchik, one of her campaign workers, called to let us know she was busy with meetings.
And, yes, the motorcycle illustration was our favorite, too: