Josh Mandel Must Apologize And Make This Right
I’m sure you are aware by now, but Josh Mandel has hit some controversy with his latest attack ad against Treasurer Boyce. The ad very blatantly implies that Kevin Boyce is a member of the Islamic faith.
This is, of course, not true. Boyce attends the St. Paul AME Church in Columbus.
But that’s not the point.
As Colin Powell once said about the rumors Barack Obama was a member of the Muslim faith, what if he was? Why does Mandel feel that a persons faith should disqualify them from holding public office? Was America not first settled by people seeking asylum from religious persecution?
The use of fear as a political tactic is irresponsible. The use of untruthful innuendo as a political tactic is beyond unethical. And the vilification of an entire religion over the actions of a few as a political tactic is abhorrent to everything this nation stands for.
Josh Mandel must take two immediate actions to help right these wrongs:
- He needs to issue a public apology for the ad.
- And he needs to remove the people involved with creating and approving such an advertisement from his campaign.
Mandel was once billed as the Republican’s “white knight”, yet his campaigns conduct has been deplorable. To stoop to outright bigotry far exceeds any sort of ethical or reasonable boundaries in a campaign to represent the people of Ohio.
I call on Mandel to right this situation before any more damage is done to his campaign, the people receiving threats after this ad ran, and to the reputation of the State of Ohio.