Rand Paul Staffer Licking A Tracker's Camera Is The Grossest Thing You'll See All Day

WASHINGTON -- If you can't beat 'em, lick 'em.

That, at least, appears to be the campaign strategy of David Chesley, Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) new political director in New Hampshire. The veteran GOP operative was caught on video bizarrely licking the camera of a tracker for American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm that follows Republican candidates across the country, at a Monday town hall in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Here's a GIF, in case you missed it the first time:

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American Bridge declined to make the tracker available for an interview, but noted it was the same person who memorably chased then-New Hampshire Senate candidate Scott Brown (R) as he canoed the Contoocook River. But what could possibly motivate a campaign staffer to lick a camera lens, something they encounter nearly every day? Let's break it down.

In the opening seconds of the video, in what The Huffington Post shall call the "pre-lick" stage, Chesley is seen locking eyes with the man behind the camera, only inches away from his face.

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He then hones in on his target; the shiny bead capturing his every move. He's thinking about it. Knows he wants it. Hungry for it.

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In the next frame, the staffer retreats, as if seemingly pondering a game-changing move that could, yet will almost certainly not, shake up his boss's campaign.

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But then, it's game time. Presumably yelling, "Live Free or Die," or "YOLO," or maybe some combination of the two, he launches his tongue into the air.

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Glory. And he knows it. With the glee of a teenage boy who has just successfully planted a wet one on an unsuspecting girl several years his senior, Chesley rejoices in accomplishing the impossible.

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