LIMA — A canceled flight kept Donald Trump Jr. out of Allen County Thursday, but for the roughly 500 attendees of the Allen County Republican Party rally who had arrived at the Knights of Columbus to listen to him speak, they will still have a chance.
A second rally rescheduling the 40-year-old “first son” has been planned for noon Oct. 23 at the UNOH Event Center.
Keith Cheney, Allen County Republican Party chairman, said Trump Jr. had the option of flying out of Florida as Hurricane Michael hit the panhandle, but in the end, the stormy weather was too much of a risk.
“Our pilot was willing to fly,” Cheney said. “But when they canceled all the commercial and private flights, we decided we’re not going to take a chance with human life. Safety comes first.”
The information was received with silence from the conservative crowd until Cheney introduced the two speakers he had recruited to replace Trump Jr. and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle — Republican National Committee Co-Chair Bob Paduchik and Ohio Republican Party Chair Jane Timken.
“I’m sure you probably know I’m not Kimberly Guilfoyle. I wish I was, but not everyone can get what they want,” Timken said.
Timken pushed the crowd to vote for a straight Republican ticket and referenced Democrat’s actions during Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s committee hearing as the reason. Timken also asked attendees to vote “no” on state issue 1.
“The reality is it will be a disaster for the state of Ohio,” Timken said.
Paduchik’s time at the podium outlined the past two years of Donald Trump’s presidency, and he highlighted both regulatory changes and the tax bill as the reasons behind boosts in economic indicators seen since Trump’s election.
“If you voted for Donald Trump for president, you have to be ecstatic of the results,” Paduchik said. “He makes it easy for me (to campaign for candidates), because you have a politician that kept his word.”
Paduchik also attacked Democrats for their response to Kavanaugh, which he called “disgraceful” for going after a “good man and his reputation.”
“On one hand, you can have economic prosperity and national security … or crazy island,” Paduchik said. “Democrats, they are on a different planet right now.”
Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle have been stumping around the country over the last few weeks to raise Republican enthusiasm during the election season. The two conservative icons began dating this past May after Trump Jr.’s wife Vanessa Trump filed for divorce in March.
Due to UNOH’s Event Center being a larger venue, tickets — costing $25 each — are available for the Oct. 23 event. They can be purchased by visiting the Allen County Victory Center, 2144 Elida Road, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 419-331-5655.
Reach Josh Ellerbrock, government reporter, at 567-242-0398.