He makes fun of women who refuse to touch male ejaculate, takes pictures of children in his local library and uses the N-word on social media. He’s the Democratic congressional candidate for Ohio’s 10th congressional district, and he’s not going anywhere.
David Esrati is challenging five-term Rep. Mike Turner (R., Ohio) after winning a crowded Democratic nomination in May with just 32% of the vote. The local businessman and political provocateur’s decades-long political career has been marred by a seemingly endless series of profane and inflammatory comments, made in provocative Facebook posts or rambling live monologues.
Like in March 2016, when he challenged a Facebook post that said women are often dissatisfied after sex. “I don’t know why so many women are unable to tell us what’s going on,” Esrati commented. “If sex sucks, it’s probably because you’re not communicating well.”
“I might as well complain about women who never initiate, who refuse to touch or taste cum, or vanilla sex that they pass off as a freebie,” Esrati added. “Frankly, most of America is sexually repressed and confused. Especially here in the Dunlop region of the Bible Belt.”
Or in June 2019, when Esrati dismissed accusations of using the N-word by saying he was only quoting comedian Dave Chappelle, then defended himself in a 2,000-word blog where he used the two-word. time.
“For the record, I’m the honky asshole telling kids on the basketball court that using that word is inappropriate,” Esrati said in the post. “I’ve given up on questioning it in the barbershop I’ve been going to for half a dozen years. … I get the lecture on using the word ‘Nigga’ vs ‘Nigger’ – like it had of importance.”
Addressing the Free Washington Beacon On Tuesday, Esrati doubled down on the claim that he was simply quoting Chapelle.
“I don’t use that word. I’m not racist,” Esrati stressed.
Esrati will be on the ballot next Tuesday in Ohio’s 10th District as Democrats grapple with a weak slate of candidates in critical races across the country. Republican Mehmet Oz has opened a lead in the Pennsylvania Senate race after stroke-victim John Fetterman’s tough debate. Republicans have also narrowed the gap with Democrats in critical senatorial races in Nevada, Arizona and Georgia.
Esrati may be proud of his provocative past, but his party is not. Esrati is running with almost no support from Democrats at any level. The Ohio Democratic Party disavowed his candidacy, citing his “inflammatory and offensive language.” The Montgomery County Democratic Party declined to endorse Esrati in September, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee made no public mention of Esrati’s candidacy.
But no matter how far they go, Esrati remains the Democrats’ problem.
“Having David Esrati be Ohio’s 10 nominee proves how badly the DCCC has failed in his party,” a Republican strategist told the Free tag. “This is a huge recruiting failure and I would hate to be a Democratic agent next week,” the strategist added, predicting that Democrats would lose their majority in the House.
Esrati made a similar note in a blog post on Monday, writing “It’s too bad the DCCC has no idea how to promote their message or their candidates – including me, if they really want to stay in control. of the house and the senate.”
It’s a long way from 2020, when the DCCC lent its support to Desiree Tims, who raised over $2 million during her campaign against Turner. The Democrats’ refusal to revive Esrati is particularly notable since Ohio’s 10 is slightly more favorable to Democrats this cycle, according to the Bake the political report.
But not all Democrats have disavowed Esrati. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D., Ohio), chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, presented Esrati with a check for $2,500 from his PAC leadership in late July, along with a handwritten note that read, “David – we’re counting on you .” Esrati said he did not seek input from Brown, telling the Free tag “it just happened.” Brown did not return a request for comment.
Esrati raised $40,600 for his campaign through Oct. 19, almost all of which went to his company, Next Wave Marketing, according to Federal Election Commission records. Esrati said in his candidate financial statement that his company’s goal is “to help my clients make money.” He told the Free tag her campaign works with her personal business as she purchases products at wholesale prices.
Esrati gained local notoriety in 1996 when Turner, then mayor of Dayton, had him arrested and expelled from a city commission meeting for wearing a ninja mask. Esrati sued for his arrest, which led to a $100,000 settlement from the city, which Esrati said was used to pay his attorneys. This isn’t the only time Esrati has turned his antics into a lucrative settlement.
In August 2017, security guards kicked Esrati out of the Dayton Subway Library for taking photos of patrons, some of which he took without first asking permission. Esrati explained how he took photos of an “adorable” young girl at the library in a blog post describing the incident.
“I walked around the Eichelberger Auditorium – and was taking pictures then, when a young girl was performing on stage,” he wrote. “Her mum asked me if she was messing up my picture – and of course I said no. She was adorable. Snap, Snap, Snap, Snap, Snap.”
He sued the library’s attempts to refuse to turn over security footage of the incident, which led to a $39,446 settlement for Esrati. He said the footage proved he had done nothing wrong.
Esrati did not deny taking pictures of children at the library during an interview Tuesday with the Free tag.
“She was like, 17, probably!” said Esrati. “It was a completely innocuous photo, the problem is that the guard suggested that I was a paedophile.”
“There’s no law against taking pictures of children in public, okay? ” he said. “These people are crazy, they claim they have no factual or legal basis. It’s not a crime, you lose all right to privacy in public. I was absolutely within my rights, it doesn’t no doubt.”
Esrati also spoke out against sex offender laws. “25% or more of my high school class would probably have been on the sex offender list under these rules…Sex offender registries are nonsense,” he wrote in a July 2015 Facebook post.
Most recently, in April 2020, Esrati attacked her neighbor for “taking out” a sex offender. “You are a really stupid woman,” Esrati wrote in a direct message to her neighbor after telling members of a private Facebook group that a sex offender lived in their neighborhood.
Esrati still sticks to this, telling the Free tag that the registered sex offender in question had served his sentence in prison and was living peacefully in the neighborhood.
“He’s had his day. If you’re doing nothing wrong, where are we supposed to put you, Gitmo? said Esrati. “Let’s talk about real topics, thank you.”
Three hours after talking to the Free tag On Tuesday, Esrati performed a YouTube live stream in which he confirmed posting a rant against women who won’t touch male ejaculate in 2016 and using the N-word in a Facebook post in 2019. He also doubled down on his criticism of sex offender registries.
“He thought he was Clark Kent – asking about all the little hateful things I’ve said online for the past 20 years,” Esrati said of it. Free tag journalist. “Like saying ‘sex offender registries’ are unconstitutional, which is part of the argument.”
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