Plain Dealer column: Add water, stir in creative leadership and demand greatness

Phillip Morris wrote a column for the Plain Dealer noting Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel’s lack of “bedrock principles:

But now, as I watch him catapulted into national prominence, I’m starting to question the bedrock principles of Ohio’s current treasurer. What does he really believe in? What does he really stand for? Have his views really deviated much further to the right than those he appeared to hold in his more formative political years, or is he allowing national strategists or those hungry for the next GOP stalwart to frame him?


Toledo Blade: Canton firm's workers making unusual donations

Tony Cook breaks a story about questionable donations to Josh Mandel’s campaign.

When northern Ohio businessman Benjamin Suarez makes a big campaign contribution, few people are surprised. He owns a direct marketing company that does $100 million annually in sales, and he has a history of giving to Republicans.

But in the current election cycle, a large number of his employees and their wives — many of whom have never before given to federal campaigns — have contributed to two specific congressional candidates: Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican running for U.S. Senate, and U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (R., Wadsworth), who represents Ohio’s 16th District.


Plain Dealer: Josh Mandel's finances include dozens of stocks, real estate and some recent wise buys

Steve Koff examines Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel’s Ohio financial disclosure.

If you bought stock in Exxon Mobil last summer and held it until February, your profit could be as high as $30 a share. Except for a temporary dip, Exxon Mobil Corp. was on a path to make money for investors in 2010.

That, presumably, is why Josh Mandel bought it.


PolitiFact Ohio: Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland raps Josh Mandel as a flip flopper on abortion, gay rights

Politifact Ohio examines Gov. Strickland’s comments on Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel’s positions. Despite his support for domestic partner benefits in 2000, Mandel nine years later voted against a bill to shield gay and transgender Ohioans from being discriminated against in housing and employment issues. You can read the entire […]


MEMO: Republican Candidates And The Debt Limit

To: Interested Parties
From: Rodell Mollineau, President American Bridge
Date: 8/5/11
RE: Republican Candidates and the Debt Limit

This past week we witnessed the Republicans and their Tea Party allies play a dangerous game of chicken with our nation’s economy. They drove the economy right to the brink threatening to let our nation fail to pay its bills for the first time in history. And while eventually the Republican leaders came to their senses and agreed to raise the debt ceiling, what was truly frightening was how Republican candidates for both President and the Senate ran to the far right advocating either default or the dangerous economic policies, deemed “cut cap and balance,” that would have sent our economy right over the cliff.


All respected economic experts agreed we had to raise our debt ceiling and instituting the “cut, cap, and balance” would be a death knell to our economy.

“This would be an unprecedented event in American history. A default would inflict catastrophic, far-reaching damage on our Nation’s economy, significantly reducing growth, and increasing unemployment… Default would not only increase borrowing costs for the Federal government, but also for families, businesses, and local governments – reducing investment and job creation throughout the economy.” [letter from Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, 5/13/11]