Introducing Phil Davison: The Stark Candidate

Phil Davison’s speech in support of his candidacy for Treasurer of Stark County, Ohio may not win many votes but it certainly has won many viewers. This speech went viral on YouTube. What is notable is that Davison actually has a master’s degree in communications from the University of Akron.

Davison is a councilman in the village of Minerva, Ohio. Notably, he has four degrees from Akron (two bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees in communication and public administration).

He is currently out of work after losing his job as a bailiff at the Stark County Court of Common Pleas. He makes a $260-a-month stipend as a village councilman.

He is a Republican seeking the GOP nomination for treasurer of Stark County in Ohio.

This would be the alternative approach to speakers like Benjamin Disraeli or Daniel Webster — what you lack in prose, you can make up in volume.

Source: PBS

20 thoughts on “Introducing Phil Davison: The Stark Candidate”

  1. Oh, communication, is that what that was.

    He’s clearly taken one too many uppers in his past….
    Sounds as dumb as he is animated….

  2. This video is rated “R”. It contains some explicit language.
    I hope you enjoy it.


  3. tomsdarch, With all due respect — and you make some good points, I’d put my money on some degree of mental illness. While as a nurse, I can’t diagnose, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that he’s bipolar.

  4. No not mentally ill – strategic. This guy may not be terribly bright, but he has a master’s in communication (of some sort…)

    I think that he’s been hearing the anger and fear from his fellow Ohio Republicans for months, and made a strategic decision to play up the “enraged/outraged” angle. Certainly that’s a decision that Carl Paladino has made.

    Just as Sharon Angle keeps screwing up and actually saying what Republicans are thinking (“I don’t do real media, I just go on Fox because they help me raise money.”), this guy made the same decision to play up the rage, but similarly did a lousy job of it.

  5. anon nurse
    1, October 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Bipolar and decompensating? Just a guess. (I can’t help, but feel a bit sorry for him.)


    Good point … But you were also correct in your first post … it really is painful to watch.

  6. Bipolar and decompensating? Just a guess. (I can’t help, but feel a bit sorry for him.)

  7. Buckeye,

    I take your point and agree except for the number of New York/Chicago/L.A. type liberals. I’d like to see us with a few more of those just to balance out the crazy-type conservatives.

    Or perhaps some of our crazy-type conservatives could move to New York/Chicago/L.A. which would serve the same purpose. 😉

  8. Blouise

    As Governor Strickland said on TV this morning “If you condensed the nation into one state, it would be Ohio”. I would wager that the demographics of Ohio pretty much represent the national demographics.

    We may have the nuts but we also have the trees. 🙂

  9. BTW, Stark County used to have one of the best Republican members of the U S House of Representatives, Ralph Regula. Here is an example of the high regard his colleagues have for him:
    WASHINGTON, DC – The joint effort by Congressman John Boccieri (D-Alliance) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to name Canton’s new federal building in honor of former Congressman Ralph Regula today came before the full House of Representatives. A final vote will be taken tomorrow but the measure is expected to pass overwhelmingly.

    “This tribute to Congressman Regula rightfully honors the service of a true statesman – a man whose tireless dedication and advocacy for Ohio and his district serves as a model for all elected officials. This designation of The Ralph Regula Federal Building and US Courthouse will forever remind of us his commitment to our community,” said Boccieri.

    “In addition, I applaud Senator Brown for recognizing a fine statesman like Ralph Regula and look forward to working together to honor Ralph’s work and his commitment to Ohio,” Boccieri further noted.

    “I applaud the House passage of our bill, which honors my former colleague Ralph Regula,” Brown said. “Ralph served his constituents with great distinction, and this building will be a testament to his achievements and his legacy. I commend Mr. Boccieri for his efforts and look forward to the next steps to ensure our legislation is passed into law.”

    The Brown-Boccieri legislation will name the new federal building at the corner of McKinley Avenue and Third Street Southwest the “Ralph Regula Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.” The bill will now go to the Senate for a full vote before it can be signed into law.

    These are the kinds of politicians, both democrat and republican, that Stark County is used to … The Screamer didn’t really stand a chance of getting nominated.

  10. Blouise:

    “perhaps in one of those restaurants where the waiters scream the customer’s order to the kitchen.”



  11. Poor baby didn’t get the nomination which is really too bad as at the time his only income was the part-time job as Councilman. He’d been a court bailiff but that patronage job disappeared earlier in the year.

    With all those degrees one would think he’d be able to get a job outside the political arena … perhaps in one of those restaurants where the waiters scream the customer’s order to the kitchen.

  12. I knew I recognized him from somewhere.


  13. The man from Minerva! Often depicted as an owl, Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom — and volume, it would seem.

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