First it was Harvard's baseball team. Then Cookie Monster. Now, interns in a suburban congressional race have recorded their own parody to Carly Rae Jepsen's hit single, "Call Me Maybe."
"We're in here working hard all day," said 19-year-old Taylor Riskin, a political science major at Indiana University who is spending the summer with Deerfield Democrat Brad Schneider's campaign.
"One day we were taking a break, and we thought this would be fun. The song's really suitable because we're making calls all day long," Riskin said.
The video starts with one intern humming the tune as he's making a series of phone calls. Within seconds, close to a dozen interns are shown lip-syncing and dancing as they're phone banking at Schneider's Deerfield campaign headquarters, before breaking into a sort of gleeful conga line. A few stand on the outskirts in mock embarrassment.
Schneider is locked in a close, nationally watched race with Republican Congressman Bob Dold of Kenilworth in the redrawn 10th Congressional District, which includes portions of northern Cook and Lake counties.
Riskin said the video, shot with one of the office cameras, took about a half-hour to complete.
She said Schneider thought the video, now posted on YouTube with close to 5,000 hits, was "funny. It was all in good fun."