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Here's one candidate's approach to setting himself apart from the field before Tuesday's crowded special primary in the 36th Congressional District:

Dan Adler is one of 16 candidates running in Tuesday's special election to fill the coastal Los Angeles County seat vacated by former Democratic Rep. Jane Harman. The first-time candidate's somewhat strange and campy appeal to the district's Asian (and Jewish) voting blocs hit the air in local cable markets on Tuesday and will be one of several new ads running into the weekend.

The Marina Del Rey Democrat, who has long worked in the entertainment industry, has released a string of wacky web ads in recent weeks, including a "Rudy" parody featuring the movie's star Sean Astin, his campaign manager. Other notable shorts feature actress Patty Duke, Astin's mother, lifting a barbell with some help on what looks like Venice Beach and Adler's son playing basketball bragging on a basketball court that his dad "gets s--t done."


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