Dear fellow tax hikers, we are still recovering from the unexpected victory of Jonathan Dever over our very own Tax Hikin' Rick Bryan. For once we can't criticize ourselves for being complacent in defeat. This year we worked very hard for Rick and made him our #1 targeted race. We learned our lessons about being overconfident from some of our prior defeats.
But many of our supporters haven't. Many of the Bryan supporters here assured us we had this race in the bag. They said Dever had no chance, and may have even quit the race early. We were also told Dever didn't raise enough money, couldn't solidify conservative support, and had an inadequate campaign team who surely could not win under such difficult circumstances.
For your benefit, we have found some of the better premature declarations of victory from the Bryan supporters:
Blue Ash Bomber said...
Just did the work the Enquirer refused to do and checked out the
campaign finance report on Secretary of State Jon Husted's website.
Folks, this race isn't even going to be close. Rick Bryan has a
commanding lead in fund-raising and in cash on hand. Rick also has a
commanding lead in endorsements and a significant lead in supporters
among the rank and file across the district. That's the kind of network
of support you can develop over years of fostering positive working
relationships with businesses, elected officials, and community leaders,
when you happen to be a businessman, elected official and community
leader like Rick Bryan is.
Dever is just gumming up the works
and pandering to the Tea Party base that has lost all credibility in the
28th House District. Go back to West Chester, Jonathan.
Wreck of the Jonathan Dever said...
Just like the Democrats' nominee for Governor, Shipwreck Edward
FitzGerald, Jonathan Dever had to include his January 2014 contributions
on his latest campaign finance report to make his numbers look less
horrible than they truly are. Just like Ed, Dever's January
contributions were surprisingly large and surprisingly close to the end
of the month, a sure sign of desperation by Team Dever. I guess that
move into the 28th House District and those "professional" consultants
took a lot out of Jonathan during crucial fund-raising periods.
COAST is TOAST said...
Even some tea-partiers like Maggi Cook are supporting Rick Bryan.
You know you're a real kook when ever the Tea-bangers can't support
you. Down With Dever!
Keep It Coming said...
We love the outpouring of support for Rick Bryan on this blog.
It's awesome. Rick has raised more money from more people than his
opponent. Rick has far more endorsements than his opponent. His
opponent should just drop out now, save everyone's time and money, and
get our party united behind Rick Bryan.
Columbus Confidential said...
Dever people are the absolute laughingstocks of the Republican Party
right now. Please do us all a favor and get out of the race before you
embarrass yourself and your political party any more so than you already
Lifelong Loyal Hamilton County Republican said...
I don't think WLW is taking the candidacy of Rick's primary
opponent very seriously, and when WLW can't take a "Republican" very
seriously, then he or she has no chance of winning whatsoever.
Madeira Voter said...
I heard Rick Bryan was running unopposed.
Dever Believer said...
I had high hopes for Jonathan but it's clear he doesn't have the
juice to make this race even close. His campaign looks less like a Jamie
Schwartz job and more like a Julie Matheny job.
Desperate and Defeated Dever said...
I had big hopes for Jonathan Dever, but those
hopes are long gone now. What a waste of a candidacy. I guess the
28th House District really loves paying more in taxes because the
candidate of lower taxes has found virtually no traction.
Eric Dorman said...
If it wasn't for this website I wouldn't have known anyone was running against Rick Bryan.
Mimes for Dever said...
Jonathan must be running one of those "quiet" campaigns where you
go around and somehow reach all the voters without any signs, handouts,
mailers, radio or television commercials.
Relax My Friend said...
All conservatives have NOT, repeat NOT, coalesced around Jonathan
Dever. In fact, quite a few of us began to think he had suspended his
campaign, given the lack of activity. What a disappointing race.
Dever Fever said...
It takes a special kind of paranoia for this blog to believe that
Jonathan Dever has run a viable campaign which has even a snowball's
chance of winning against Rick Bryan.
This blog has an unhealthy obsession with the idea that the Dever
campaign is something to fear. I get that you could be concerned about
losing... if your opponent were running a strong campaign. However, the
Dever team clearly is not.
Relax My Friend said...
These campaign finance reports overlook that Jonathan still has
to pay his "consultant" Jamie Schwartz for some more "consulting" work
like creating that juvenile and offensive attack ad. Ya!