Richard Painter and His Dumpster Fire Are Back

July 6, 2018

Minnesota Senate candidate Richard Painter and the dumpster fire he intends to put out as a lawmaker are back.

The former Republican-ethics-lawyer-turned-Democratic-Senate-hopeful appeared in a viral ad last month, where he stood in front of a dumpster fire, declared Washington, D.C. to be a dumpster fire, and said he and Minnesotans knew how to put out said dumpster fire.

Painter appeared alongside Minnesota podcast host Benjamin Kruse in a promo Thursday night for a Friday appearance on "Up and At 'Em," where they stood in front of another dumpster fire and appeared to be poking fun at the ad.

"How did you put this out in your campaign ad?" Kruse asked Painter, pointing at the fire.

"Well, Washington, D.C. is a dumpster fire, so we need to put it out. Lot of water, all over that dumpster fire," Painter said. "That's what we're going to do in this primary and in November."

Painter is challenging Sen. Tina Smith (D., Minn.) for the Democratic nomination. Smith was appointed to the seat after the resignation in January of Sen. Al Franken (D., Minn.).

The video somewhat awkwardly ends with Kruse saying he has no water, and Painter suggesting they use sand instead. "Spit," the camerawoman suggested.