I had gone to the Candidate Forum for the West Chester Tea Party at a nice little church in West Chester hoping to get a chance to talk to Candice Keller and to convince her to get behind George Lang to salvage her political career. Instead what I found there was a bitter woman afraid of the world, claiming the opposite, which is quite evident during her closing statements at that debate shown below. I know that George Lang, her rival for the senate run for the 4th District had been trying to keep it clean, but Candice and her followers would not stop with the negative punches on their Facebook page and on that same date Friends of George Lang decided to punch back, hard with a mailer depicting Candice Keller in what would be confirmed at that debate, as a crazy, terrified, conspiracy theorist who believes that the world is out to get her and to blame everyone else for the many bridges that she had burnt. George Lang tried to play it straight with her, even during his closing comments for the night, but anybody with half a brain could see that George was all that Candice could think about, and even deeper than that, had psychologically become her pin cushion for all the mistakes she had made which was now culminating in a short lived career as a 53rd House of Representative member at the Ohio Statehouse.
The truth of the matter was that Candice Keller had caught a fellow Republican sleeping when she won the 53rd District as a Tea Party type and she was on her way to the Statehouse to legislate. She believed in conservative ideas, however her ability to practice team building and really a true understanding of what a government representative is supposed to be doing was anchored to a kind of radicalism that might sound logical to church goers on Sunday, but were not connected to reality all the other days of the week upon a more general audience, and by the time she arrived on that stage just outside of Mason, Ohio as a candidate for the 4th District, she knew of no other way to get there but to burn down the Republican Party to hide all her missteps along the way. After hearing her talk for and hour and a half I didn’t want her endorsement of George Lang any longer to save her career. I just wanted to never see her again because she’s that kind of person, a revolting specimen who blames everyone but herself for problems that she created.
Even during that clip shown above, her son was sitting in the front row of the audience mouthing intimidating gestures to George as he was talking on the stage. You can see George responding to the kid in defense, trying to keep it as light as possible. But it took me by surprise. After the debate I talked to Todd Hall, the Chairman of the Republican Party because during the debate Candice had called out to him from the stage as if to paint a target on him for the other members of the audience. Then at the end during her closing statements she indicated that she wasn’t afraid of the Republican Party or Sheriff Jones—which clearly established herself not as a Republican but a fringe radical that she had painted herself into being. That was what I was hoping to help her fix upon going, but it was quite clear that too much damage had already occurred, and she was too far gone. What Todd told me was that his phone was full of intimidating text messages from Candice Keller herself. The case was pathetic to people who know better, he certainly wasn’t afraid of her coming to try to beat him up, but she certainly meant to imply that if she could, she would because things had not gone the way she had hoped they would as she entered the Senate race. She got caught saying some bad things that forced the Republican Party to distance themselves and she didn’t give anybody time to recover, she just kept piling on until she alienated everyone. Then she sought to bring George Lang down to cover her own indiscretions. So yes, George Lang has every right in the world to fight back, and I think we all would expect him to.
Even more than that, many people whom I spoke with wanted escorts to their cars because they were concerned that Candice’s son might assault them in the parking lot outside the church. I offered to help make sure they could get to their cars safely, but why would they even think such a thing? That is not how you get elected into a high office, you can’t punch and scratch your way into a victory and try to intimidate everyone in your way. That might work for some small election, but not for a big district like the 4th. Sure, sometimes you must fight, but only when everything else falls apart. Its obvious that Candice and her supporters think fight first then burn everything to the ground second, then hope something works out last. The biggest bully in that room that night was certainly Candice Keller who had pushed and pulled everyone around her to suit her own ambitions and to hide it from the world, as she attempted to put that mask on everyone around her, and in this instance, it was George Lang because he was running against her for that senate seat. And if he didn’t like it, her son was in the front row letting George know he was watching him.
Of course, after the debate, things were pretty normal. Everyone broke off into their own circles of influence and there wasn’t any conflict. But that so many people were concerned about it says a lot about how Candice Keller has presented herself to those outside her circle. She was thought of as a bully and not in the good way, certainly not as a freedom fighter for the people in the Statehouse, but an uncooperative stone thrower who refused to hear anything from anybody who did not agree with her and if they didn’t, then they were the spawns of Satan and agents of evil from the armies of Hell. And just a note, most people don’t want to deal with people who think that way—they come across as crazy. And in the case of Candice, if you follow how she handled her House seat from beginning to end each year that she held that seat she has dug herself into a deeper and deeper hole since 2016. By the end of it just four years later not only the Republican Party of Butler County but the Ohio Republican Party didn’t want to deal with her, and that isn’t good.
People who screw up in life usually blame others for their problems, in the case of Candice Keller, it’s the establishment. Candice blew the chance to help the establishment get better so of course all she can think to do is rip it down so there is no reminder of her failure. Its easy to blame the establishment and to attack it. I do it all the time, but in doing so, we must have solutions. You can’t just destroy; at some point you have to build something. I’ve known George Lang, and good people like Mark Welch, Ann Becker and Todd Hall for a very long time and I know them to be good people who want to do good things. Good is a relative term of course depending on belief systems and all types of considerations, but good from the perspective of understanding. The measure is whether or not people can buy into that understanding of good and that’s what elections are for. What makes Candice Keller crazy is that she insists quite the opposite, that anybody who doesn’t agree with her is a devil or part of the conspiratorial establishment and she uses those designations to hide her own lack of skill in helping the establishment solve problems with truth, justice and the American way. And that is why she has lost all support around her and is headed toward another embarrassing moment in this upcoming election, for which she and her family will only have themselves to blame.
Candice said it all during her closing at the debate on March 3rd, 2020 when she spent the whole time essentially talking about George Lang and nothing about herself other than showing how different she is from him. Gas as of this date is $1.95 a gallon and knowing that was the path, DeWine wanted a gas tax which the legislature negotiated down to pay for things as we go. DeWine thought it was responsible, people like George kept him in check and kept the door open to work with the governor on gun legislation that is pro Second Amendment. All Candice did was say no. The energy deal she went on and on about was a tie to greenie weenie tech that would have went into place if the support was not voted on to contribute to financial health. George’s vote to support was to help a business struggling against a lot of forces that wanted to bring in Obama era energy policies that had set that business up to fail. All Candice said to the matter was no. As I have pointed out, firefighters belong to huge international trade unions and have funds that need to be managed, which Keller completely ignored. According to her, just because firefighters are willing to run into a fire while the rest of us run out, we should just pay them infinite amounts of money. That’s not a very conservative position at all. But more than that, Candice showed in her closing that she can bitch and show herself a victim to bullies when as it turns out, the only bully in the room was her and her campaign. And as to the things she has said about George Lang before that mailer ever went out, I know they are lies because I know George, for a long time. And she stood in a church and defended those lies with great conviction, and that makes me even question not just her sanity, but her true belief in an almighty God. After that debate, I question both.
Candice wasn’t alone, watching the video notice how Ding Dong Lee Wong sitting next to George was clapping with Candice in her closing. The takeaway is that these are people who are on the outside of politics looking in, trying to appeal to Trump supporting Tea Partiers, but under pressure and emotion revealed who they really were. And in a political system where being a Republican means something, both of those candidates were clapping that Candice was rebelling against the GOP. So, what is their option—anarchy? To become future Democrats? Or to stay as independents? That simple gesture by Crazy Candice and Ding Dong Wong states precisely why the only candidate to vote for is George Lang for more reasons than we can name, but for the one that matters most, because the other options are either crazy, dangerous, or just plain stupid. And those are not traits that belong in our Ohio Senate.