The Plain Dealer reported recently that Senate candidate Josh Mandel has been “too busy” to schedule an appearance with the Akron Press Club. American Bridge 21st Century decided to look into what has been taking up so much of his time that he is unable to answer basic questions about his policy positions.
“The Ohio press corps should cut Josh Mandel some slack given that he is so busy running for Senate, he just doesn’t have time to answer their questions. As long as there is lobbyist money to be raised in DC and California, Ohioans will just have to wait,” said Matt Thornton, spokesman for American Bridge 21st Century.
Here is why Senate candidate Josh Mandel is too busy to appear in Akron:
In The Past Two Months, Mandel Has Held At Least 7 Fundraisers, 5 Of Them Out Of State. In the past two months, Mandel had held 7 fundraisers (all of them on weekdays) in Ohio, Washington DC, Texas and California. [American Bridge Tracking Calendar, accessed 12/7/11]
In The Past Two Months, Mandel Has Done At Least 3 Interviews. In the past two months, Mandel has done at least three interviews, including a November 9 conference call with GenNext, a west coast based $10,000 a year, invitation only organization. Mandel also appeared on a Tea Party Express radio show in San Diego and on the Ohio Farm Bureau’s Townhall Radio. [American Bridge Tracking Calendar, 12/7/11]
- Mandel To Speak At Gen Next Conference Call. According to their website, Mandel is scheduled to participate in a Gen Next Conference call on November 9, 2011. The “30-minute discussion will include Q&A on his priorities for the country, where we are on the issues of expanding school choice, fiscal discipline, and more. We encourage all Members to dial-in and partake in the discussion. This Program is open to Members only, and the invite is not transferrable. This conversation will be off the record. [Gen Next, accessed 11/4/11]
- Gen Next Membership: Invite Only + $10,000. According to their website, Gen Next “is a nonprofit, 501(c)(4) membership organization that connects, informs and engages executives and entrepreneurs to empower individuals and causes to provide long-term solutions for future generations.” Membership is for “successful individuals unified by a positive and ambitious plan for the future. Membership is by invitation-only and requires a minimum annual contribution of $10,000.” [Gen Next, accessed 11/4/11]
- Mandel Appeared On San Diego Radio Program Hosted By Tea Party Express Leader Howard Kaloogian And Rick Amato. On November 14, 2011, Mandel appeared as the first guest on the Tea Party Express Hour, which “is excited to partner with radio talk show host Rick Amato and KCBQ AM 1170 in San Diego by launching a new weekly conservative radio program that will focus on Tea Party issues Called the Tea Party Express Hour. The show will be hosted by former California Assemblyman and Chairman of the Our Country Deserves Better PAC (parent organization to Tea Party Express) Howard Kaloogian.” [Tea Party Express Email, 11/13/11]