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Social media satirist known as ‘Reflog_18’ wants Householder’s open seat

By: - June 18, 2021 3:54 pm

Chris McNeil, known online as “Reflog_18,” is expressing interest in being appointed to former Rep. Larry Householder’s open 72nd District seat. Screenshot courtesy Twitter.

Eligibility in question, but McNeil says he’s ‘less corrupt than the last guy’

A Licking County resident known widely online for his Ohio sports commentary and having once organized the Cleveland Browns 0-16 parade is vying for the Statehouse seat left open by the expulsion of Rep. Larry Householder.

Chris McNeil, a Granville native who goes by the name “Reflog_18” on social media, submitted his interest Friday in being appointed to the vacant 72nd District seat. 

The district includes all of Coshocton and Perry counties, along with a portion of Licking County.

McNeil’s residence is actually located in the 71st District just a few miles from the 72nd District boundary. The Ohio Constitution requires that would-be lawmakers live in their district for one year prior to their election. It’s unclear if this would apply to an open seat appointment.

Asked how he planned to settle this residency question, McNeil, who is known for his tongue-in-cheek social media posts, answered: “TBD- forming an advisory committee to address such concerns.”

Householder was expelled from the Ohio House of Representatives on Wednesday by a 75-21 vote, becoming the first member expelled from the state legislative chamber since 1857. 

Speaker Bob Cupp announced the House would receive applications for the seat through June 23, with a screening committee to interview top candidates.

Chris McNeil, on left, seen with former Cleveland Browns player Kevin Mack. Photo courtesy Chris McNeil.

In his letter to Cupp, McNeil noted his work with Pinnacle Metal Products, a family-owned metal fabrication business headquartered in Columbus as well as his community involvement as a youth sports coach.

“Finally,” he noted, “I also have the pulse of the people and am an excellent communicator. My social media following tops 350k on Twitter and I can leverage that medium to engage our constituents and encourage participation in the legislative process. It has been instrumental in many of my community organizing events.”

One such event was a “Perfect Season Parade” organized by McNeil after the Browns went 0-16 in the 2017 season. 

McNeil’s Twitter bio offers something of a campaign slogan: “BECAUSE I AM LESS CORRUPT THAN THE LAST GUY.”

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Tyler Buchanan
Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

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