It's far too early to write an elegy for J.D. Vance
's Ohio Senate
campaign, but the author of "Hillbilly Elegy
" made an awkward announcement on Thursday.
Former state Treasurer Josh Mandel, former Ohio Republican Party
Chair Jane Timken, and business
executives Bernie Moreno and Mike Gibbons are among those challenging Vance in the Republican primary for the seat currently held by Sen. Rob Portman
Vance presumably desired a flawless campaign announcement to demonstrate that he is the right person for the job.
If only his lectern's campaign sign had gotten the memo; instead, it fell off just as he was about to declare his candidacy.
JD Vance's campaign sign fell off the lectern just as he was about to officially declare his candidacy for US Senate pic.twitter.com/5pqsikBdML — Roger Sollenberger discovered true love, suckers (@SollenbergerRC) July 2, 2021
Many Twitter users interpreted the falling campaign sign as conveying a clear message.
There is a metaphor somewhere in there https://t.co/oq33RYDX70
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 2, 2021
Please leave Ohio alone, Vance; we don't need you. https://t.co/3PE8Z5oKKw
— Brandon Withrow (@bwithrow) July 2, 2021
The sign foresaw what was going to happen and noped the fuck out https://t.co/XcrjW8dUDh
— Shauna (@goldengateblond) July 2, 2021
Some were perplexed.
spending required in this country, and if so, how much? https://t.co/mReTqpf2n3
— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) July 2, 2021
Does that sign have bootstraps that it can use to pull itself up? — Andy Downing (@andydowning33) July 2, 2021
Others crackled with amusement.
Please edit the Curb Your Enthusiasm theme into this for Larry and your country. https://t.co/obyODfzehq
— Jason Diamond
(@imjasondiamond) July 2, 2021
He stepped in a paint can and got it caught on his foot, then his pants
fell down and he dropped one small little turd back into his pants https://t.co/t9BU0TuQyd
— luke (@lukeoneil47) July 2, 2021
But the sign gaffe wasn't Vance's only hiccup since announcing his candidacy.
's Andrew Kaczynski pointed out that Vance has deleted numerous tweets, including one in which he called former President Donald Trump
"reprehensible," so that Ohio Republicans
will not see them.
JD Vance deleted his tweet about voting
for Evan McMullin, which was here: https://t.co/4k1Xk8AMgv.
However, it can still be viewed on the WebArchive.https://t.co/uLcCLkbur3
pic.twitter.com/LNofBemmsL — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 1, 2021
"Lord help us." pic.twitter.com/5ooexbNUhn — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 1, 2021
Pic.twitter.com/PqCm4GNpR1 — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) July 2, 2021