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Gary Click’s awkward moment at Tiffin campaign event: ‘You know who I am right? What’s my name?’

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TIFFIN — Controversial pastor and current candidate for state representative Gary Click (R-Vickery) had an awkward moment at a campaign meet & greet event in Tiffin on Thursday.

“You know who I am right? What’s my name?” Click asked at Reino’s Catering & Party Room in Downtown Tiffin, which prompted a brief moment of silence before members of the small audience, mostly composed of members of Click’s Fremont Bible Baptist Temple congregation, replied with very little, if any, enthusiasm: “Gary Click…”

Click is facing off against current Seneca County Commissioner Shayne Thomas (R-Clinton Township) and environmental engineer Ed Ollom (R-Fremont) for the 88th district seat, which is currently held by Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin), who is running for state senate.

The 88th Ohio House district includes all of Sandusky County and the majority of Seneca County.

During the meet & greet event on Thursday, Click also unleashed a tone-deaf diatribe against poor people when speaking on the topic of corporate tax rates.

“Listen, a poor person never gave another poor person a job. I’m tired of this class warfare,” Click said, adding that he believes corporate tax rates should be lowered.

Click took aim at his opponents several times throughout the roughly 40 minute speech, including Shayne Thomas, who has started flooding the 88th district with billboard advertisements for his campaign over the past few weeks.

“I’m not buying billboards. Billboards are ineffective, don’t look for those. Every professional I know says don’t buy billboards. Anyone with a couple of dollars can spend money on a billboard, but it’s a waste,” Click said.

Click also appeared to respond to what Ed Ollom recently said at a campaign event of his own in Tiffin.

Ollom, an environmental engineer said that he believes he’s the only candidate “with the credentials” to get on the appropriate Ohio House committees where his voice would be most effective on concerns regarding the landfill, wind turbine projects, and other environmental issues.

“Once again, you don’t have to be an environmental engineer to figure this stuff out,” Click said on Thursday.

“How many of you know when something stinks?” Click asked the audience. “Uh, I don’t know if it stinks or not, I’m not an environmental engineer,” Click sarcastically said.

Throughout his speech, Click repeatedly argued that he is the most “qualified conservative” in the race, despite having no experience in the private sector.

Click is a former community theater actor and currently works as a pastor at Fremont Baptist Temple. Click, one of the first candidates for state office from the area without any private sector experience, currently serves on the Republican State Central Committee, representing the 26th Senate district.

Click has come under fire after a video surfaced showing him berating a female GOP candidate for the Ohio Senate, Melissa Ackison, calling her “trash,” a “phony,” and other insults.

Back when rumors were flying high about Click’s potential candidacy, Seneca County Republican Party chairwoman Vanessa Treft said in a voicemail that Click is only running for State Representative “for his own personal gain.”

“[Click] is only doing all this bullsh*t for his own personal gain, and I’m f*cking tired of it,” Treft said.

In addition, following statewide media reports of the video which showed Click berating Ackison, State Rep. Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) distanced himself from Click.

“Mr. Click was not asked to attend the fair on behalf of our campaign and does not represent the campaign,” the statement from Reineke’s office said.

Click is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Ackison over defamation, slander, and other accusations.

Click has also been endorsed in the Republican primary race for state rep by the Ohio Republican Party, Gov. Mike DeWine, and several mayors and elected officials throughout the 88th district.

Click unsuccessfully ran for Sandusky County Commissioner in 2016, losing in a three-way Republican primary.

Related: Ohio GOP endorses controversial pastor Gary Click for state rep over Shayne Thomas, Ed Ollom

Related: GOP state rep candidate Gary Click files to dismiss Ohio Senate candidate Melissa Ackison’s lawsuit against him

Related: Ohio Republican Party snubs Melissa Ackison, endorses Bill Reineke for 26th district state senate seat

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