Anti-gun Montgomery ''stunned'' by defeat

By Chad D. Baus

The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting that Betty Montgomery, the supposedly unbeatable anti-gun Republican, was so stunned after her defeat by Buckeye Firearms Association-endorsee Marc Dann (52.3% to 47.7% percent) that she didn't concede until 3 p.m. Wednesday. By then, the newspaper reports, she had jetted off to Florida and was declining to take phone calls.

In a statement released by her campaign, Montgomery said, "I realize that in a campaign where voters wanted new faces, my experience may have worked against me."

As the OhioGOP sets about to examine "what went wrong" this November, I would respectfully offer headlines and stories like these as Exhibit 1 for why Betty Montgomery received 167,618 fewer votes than Mr. Dann (nearly one-half million people hold hunting and concealed handgun licenses in Ohio):

  • Ten People Who Are Threatening Your Ohio Gun Rights (#8 - Betty Montgomery)
  • 'Basically, Betty Doesn't Get It'
  • Campaign spokesman: Doug White on Betty Montgomery's short-list for Lt. Gov.
  • "I will never be the candidate of the NRA..."
  • Betty “Just call me Kerry” Montgomery begins chase for gun vote
  • 2nd Amendment among Betty’s website ''keywords'', but content nonexistent
  • Anti-self-defense GOP candidate picks up dubious endorsement
  • Betty Montgomery: No CCW because of ''dastardly'' attacks on cops
  • Montgomery confronted at Republican meeting over anti-CCW stance
  • Paper: Petro showing leadership where Montgomery failed to
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