Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Mandel Sinking in Polls?

* Is the Josh Mandel campaign being abandoned by Karl Rove and other Republicans and their big secret money PACs?????   The good people over at Plunderbund have noticed some recent activity moving away from Republican candidate Josh Mandel.  Plunderbund notes that Rove's GPS PAC will be spending money in the future in toss-up states, but it does not include Ohio. Read the entire post at Plunderbund.

• It appears that Josh Mandel, Republican candidate for Senate, is getting desperate and is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of voters. Mandel didn't even know how much money was in the state retirement funds. Ohio CapitalBlog:

 If Josh Mandel spent more time in the Treasurer's office, as he was elected to do, he would know that there are $165 billion in those retirement funds.  Josh Mandel's lack of interest and effort in his current job should be a warning to anyone that thinks he should be elected to any higher office.

Josh Mandel was given an award several years ago but now he wants people to think he just won the award now as the Ohio Treasurer. Here is the response from the campaign office of Sen. Sherrod Brown (Politico):

...Sherrod Brown's campaign responded to the ad in a statement from spokeswoman Sadie Weiner, keeping up the attack on Mandel's performance in office:

“Only someone as desperate to hide his record as Josh Mandel would pat himself on the back for a seventeen year old credit rating and attempt to fool Ohioans into believing he's done his job by bragging about an award from a conservative group that he received before becoming Treasurer … Ohioans know Josh Mandel skipped every single meeting of the billion dollar investment board he's supposed to chair during his first year in office, that he hired unqualified political cronies and friends with taxpayer dollars and is nothing more than a politician who can't be trusted.”

••••  Have any of the farmers in Ohio called up Steve Stivers, Pat Tiberi, John Boehner and the rest of Ohio's Republicans and asked why the U.S.  House of Representatives refuses to vote on the Agriculture bill that has already passed the Senate?  Don't let the Republicans tell you that they are toooooo busy in the House.  They've already repealed the Affordable Care Act 33 times and have spent more time on vacation than previous sessions.  Face it---- the Boehner-Cantor Republican House of Representatives are clearly a "do nothing Congress" and they hope to keep it that way.

>>>>>  Why is Republican Rep. Mike Turner using the same statement as Sen. John Kyl?  Did Mike Turner think that Ohio voters wouldn't notice that he used the same text as Kyl? Arms Control Wonk has more on this.