Last month, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly took the spotlight when she asked presidential candidate Donald Trump the following question about statements he made long ago in very different contexts:
Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?
A while back, former Minerva Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison (“America’s Councilman“) wrote the following to me in a Facebook message. As he discusses his political prospects, Davison makes a short but profound statement about American politics.
The speech is what put me in this position [as America’s Councilman]. Unfortunately, I don’t know how to proceed. Continue Reading
Former Minerva Village Councilman and Deputy Mayor Phil Davison (“America’s Councilman“) appeared on the July 25 broadcast of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. A segment documenting political candidates who “lose their cool” while campaigning featured Davison among others, including Illinois State Representative Mike Bost, former Congressman Anthony Weiner (“Carlos Danger“), and former Vermont governor Howard Dean. Video of the segment can be viewed in full here. Continue Reading
Saturn’s Repository recently learned that free speech advocate Phil Davison no longer serves in the Minerva Village Council. According to a brief mention in the Canton Repository in August, Davison, who just last year received the nickname “American’s Councilman” decided not to seek a fifth four year term to the seat. He could not be immediately reached for comment.
Davison, who had served in the council as a Republican since 1997, is best known for the passionate speech he delivered to the Stark County Republican Party while unsuccessfully seeking the party’s 2010 nomination for county treasurer. Though the speech likely made Davison the most well-known village councilman in the United States, Davison had informed Saturn’s Repository in 2013 that he suffered politically as a result of the speech. Continue Reading
Citizen Journalist Martin Olson, the man who videotaped Minerva Councilman Phil Davison’s inspirational 2010 speech, uploaded the full, official video of the speech to YouTube last week.
Olson, who operates the Stark County Political Report, which covers local politics in Stark County, Ohio, recorded Davison during the September 8 meeting of the local Republican Party Executive Committee, at which Davison sought the party’s nomination for County Treasurer. In his original posting of the video to the Huffington Post, Olson reported: Continue Reading
With IP analysis complete, IPR released the official state-by-state results of its August 12-19 survey, which gauged reader preference for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination field.
With over 16 years of service in the Minerva Village Council, free speech advocate Phil Davison has more legislative experience than the man the nation elected as president in 2008. Despite his political history, Davison did not gain notice until delivering one of the most impassioned speeches in recent memory. Now, as he considers higher office, a new moniker combines his fame with his political qualifications. Meet Phil Davison, America’s Councilman. Continue Reading
Using SurveyMonkey, Independent Political Report conducted three polls from August 12-19 gauging reader preference for those running or interested in running for the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Continue Reading
Official photo of Councilman Davison
Longtime councilman Phil Davison of Minerva, Ohio has expressed interest in the 2016 presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party. Davison, best known for his inspirational 2010 speech, briefly ran for the Boston Tea Party’s 2012 presidential nomination.
“Would love to run,” says Davison via Facebook, “Think about it every day. Am approached every day about it.”
A self-described “radical,” Davison expressed his libertarian views during a 2011 appearance on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. He is pro-choice on abortion, holds relaxed views on marijuana, and is an advocate for free speech.
Should Davison decide to run, he will enter a growing field of candidates for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination that includes perennial candidate Kip Lee, progressive activist Robert Milnes, and writer Darryl Perry.