Several weeks ago I wrote you and said that I was focusing any political time I have between now and August 8 in helping to promote State Issue One.
I meant it and I had hoped that the campaign for State Representative could at least wait until house districts were actually drawn and we got past the important August and November elections.
Unfortunately, I was wrong.
Over six months ago, I asked Amber Keener to meet with me and discuss the race for State Representative before she made a final decision. She agreed to do so at the time. Nonetheless, I learned a few hours ago that Amber has made a formal announcement of her campaign.
I had not planned on saying anything.
I have known Amber for just over two years and I have supported her campaign for Mount Vernon City Council.
I also won't attack another candidate unless provoked.
However, I then learned that Amber's "dear friend" and campaign advisor, Tyler Fehrman, was attacking me on social media. Folks, I simply will not allow any attack to go unanswered. Especially from someone of the ilk of Tyler Fehrman.
Tyler is from Mount Vernon, OH originally but has since moved to Minnesota. Tyler started out as a Republican, became a Never Trumper, and then finally switched to the Democrat Party. His main claim to fame is that he ratted out many of his former colleagues to the FBI in the First Energy criminal case.
I feel sorry for Tyler and I have tried to be polite when he and I crossed paths. But I will not let ridiculous attacks like this go unanswered.
Larry and Taundra Householder are dear friends. In fact, they are like family to me.
I have known them since the 1990's and I represent them on some personal matters, campaign finance issues, and other related civil issues. I am not a federal criminal attorney but I have helped his defense team whenever I could.
As an attorney, I do not have the luxury of telling you what I say or don't say to my clients in private. That is privileged and confidential.
I will say this though. I am not an overly ambitious and attention seeking, wannabe, career politician.
I remain loyal to my friends and clients when bad things happen to them. If that costs me votes, then it costs me votes.
Loyalty and principles actually matter to me.
There are now two other Knox County candidates either running or exploring the race. But unlike them, I am not a newcomer to the Republican Party.
I voted in my first Republican Primary at 18 years old in 1986. That was 37 years ago. In contrast, public records from the Knox County Board of Elections show that Amber Keener first registered to vote in 2004 and voted in her first Republican Primary in Knox County in 2016 when she was in her 30's.
She then voted in the two Republican primaries in 2022. That's it.
She failed to vote in Republican primaries in Knox County in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018, and 2020.
I would also urge you to visit her website at amberkeener.com before she changes it. You may notice that two extremely important words are missing; "Conservative" and "Republican".
I will never hide my true beliefs and positions on the issues from you. I will never attempt to paint a picture to you of something that is simply not true; whether its in my personal or my professional life.
I will never take credit for the hard work that was done by someone else. And I won't run into a meeting just to get a "selfie" and leave.
I have never graduated from the Jo Ann Davidson Leadership Institute nor the Pat Tiberi Leadership Institute. I don't have any pictures with former Attorney General Betty Montgomery or Senate candidate Matt Dolan. Why?
Because they are all extremely liberal, Never Trump Republicans, that have spent decades attempting to defeat conservative Republican candidates and issues. No thank you.
I'm very proud of my nearly forty year long history of involvement with the Republican Party and the conservative movement. I'll never run from it and I'll never hide from it. Thank you.
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