OH 18th challenger for Space, Paul Phillips, is graduate of Regent University

I know others will disagree with me, but saying you graduated Regent University’s law school – alma mater of Monica Goodling and 150 other Bush Administration hires – I would think, would be a real conversation starter.

That could be a very good thing for Paul Phillips, who has filed to run in the Ohio 18th Congressional District now occupied by Zach Space (D-Dover), because even Right Angle Blog wasn’t familiar with his name before now, even though RAB is most likely familiar with the name Monica Goodling and Regent University.

Phillips’ background is detailed in this Chillicothe Gazette article. He passed the Ohio bar exam in May 2006 (taking the exam in Feb. of the same year) and then started a law firm in January 2007 in Chillicothe. Phillips, who was born in 1963, is quoted in the Gazette as saying, “I’m a fourth generation attorney in Chillicothe…My roots run deep here.”

Here’s a little more on that from the November 2006 edition of the Chillicothe Ross Chamber of Commerce Weekly Update:

LAW FIRM GOING INTO FOURTH GENERATION: Starting next month, Paul Phillips, the son of David and Helen Phillips, will follow in the footsteps of his father, grandfather and great-grandfather when he begins his law practice in his father’s former practice, Phillips and Street, on North Paint Street. He will join Clifford Bugg who has been in the practice for several years to form Phillips & Bugg law firm. Paul is a retired officer with the Air Force where he served as a B-1 bomber instructor pilot. In 2004, he was in the Middle East as an air strategist for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a 1981 graduate of CHS and he and his wife, Jeannique, are expecting their first child in January.

Congrats on fatherhood.

Still, it’s unclear just how long Phillips has lived in Ohio over the last 20 years. (He’s listed as living in Virginia when he registered to take the 2/06 Ohio bar exam.) The Supreme Court of Ohio records indicate that he was with Booz Allen & Hamilton in Dayton as a Defense Consultant, circa 5/06 when he was sworn in. This article from the Coschocton Tribune has a nice picture of the candidate.

It should be an interesting match-up with Space, should Phillips emerge as the contender, since Space’s emphasis on hometowns and hometown values were a big part of his race last year.

2 thoughts on “OH 18th challenger for Space, Paul Phillips, is graduate of Regent University

  1. Anon – totally agree with you. Not to mention, you can have hometown values no matter where your hometown is, so yes – you’re right.It’s just that Ohio has had it’s share of folks who’ve lived outside Ohio for significant periods of time come back and say, “I’m so Ohio, see?” when, you know, it might be a bit disingenuous. I’ve lived IN Ohio for 18 years and I STILL don’t know 75% of it, maybe 85% of it or more.But, as you say for yourself, I say for myself – I do not know where Phillips has resided or voted. I’m sure that will all be known in time. Just indicating that it’s not something that’s become known yet.

  2. Still, it’s unclear just how long Phillips has lived in Ohio over the last 20 years. […] It should be an interesting match-up with Space, should Phillips emerge as the contender, since Space’s emphasis on hometowns and hometown values were a big part of his race last year.If Phillips retired from the Air Force, that implies that he was in the military for at least twenty years. During those twenty years, he could well have been a legal resident of Ohio even if he never lived here. (The state of legal residence for someone in the military is not necessarily where the person is actually living.) Phillips would have paid Ohio income taxes and voted absentee in Ohio. If that is the case (I don’t know that it is), I doubt that voters will think Phillips lacks “hometown values” because he was serving in the military and going to law school.

Comment here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s