When I think of Josh Mandel, I think of the character Willy "The Weasel" Wilhelm, a fictional reporter for the L.A. Times always willing to do the bidding of the moneyed and powerful if the price is right in Michael Crichton's novel Rising Sun (Steve Buscemi portrays this character in the film adaptation). Consider the following:
5 years ago, Josh Mandel was a city councilman in Lyndhurst, Ohio, population 14,001.
Today, he's Treasurer of State of Ohio, a position he won with the help of one of the sleaziest, most back-stabbing political ads I have ever seen, one so bad that it caused multiple Ohio newspapers to un-endorse him in the race. He also won the position by promising to serve a full 4 year term, a promise made necessary by his naked political ambition and office hopping.
Now, Mandel has returned from a high-dollar D.C. fundraiser thrown for him by lobbysists whose clients include the infamous Koch brothers, as part of an "exploration" of whether to run for the U.S. Senate next year. He also refuses to answer questions about his positions on Senate Bill 5, the tremendously unpopular plan to screw over Ohio's middle class and take away collective barganing rights from Ohio's police, firefighters, and teachers.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Josh Mandel's political ambition is so naked, it should be arrested for public indecency.
We should also give massive budget increases to the General Assembly so they can hire a lot more staff, who are hopefully more experienced than the current crop of 19 year old aides.
Maybe then we wouldn't rely so much on lobbyists writing our laws, and only attract lawyers and wealthy bidness people to run for office.
We get the government we pay for.
My question is, will this help or hurt his chances of winning the nomination?
TPaw edition. Beginning to think all the GOP presidential candidates are nucking futs.
Bill Batchelder, he of the funny eyebrows, thick classes, and political viewpoints so far off the right wing that he probably belongs in the looney bin instead of the Ohio House of Representatives, says that the Ohio Consumer's Counsel has 74 lawyers on staff. He said that to justify cutting their budget. PolitiFact Ohio says...
And it was just an endorsement of some guy running for a Senate seat in Florida.
Apparently Ken's definition of "big news" is a very loose one.
Ken Blackwell decided to new media ninja it up this afternoon with an announcement of an impending announcement. Perhaps he’ll be announcing that Senate run that every Democrat in the state is hoping for.
Also worth mentioning, I noticed a few days ago that Blackwell hack Matt Naugle has scrubbed RightOhio.com.
Oh Jimmy, I never really thought you particularly bright. And you know what? I think I nailed it, or understated it even. That’s the only real explanation for the following statement you made to the Columbus Dispatch, which will surely endear you to your soon-to-be former constituents.
"That's just another lie they're telling about Senate Bill 5. In fact, I'd vote for it again today,"
I don’t think anyone is really claiming Jimmy Stewart wouldn’t vote for Senate Bill 5 again. What we are saying, is that Jimmy Stewart’s constituents wouldn’t have voted for him again.
But hey, enjoy your new job. I’m sure it’ll provide countless more opportunities to rape and pillage the things that make Ohio great.
Tonight, the country's buyer's remorse over the radical GOP majority hit fever pitch, with the victory of Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul in the special election for New York's 26th Congressional District seat.
This district is the most reliabliy GOP-leaning seat in the state of New York, with both John McCain having won here in 2008, and George W. Bush winning by more than 10 points in 2004. The race became a proxy war on the Paul Ryan-drafted GOP plan to transform Medicare into a voucher program, and with this result, it's pretty clear on whose side the public came down.
The irony and hypocrisy here is rich. The GOP won the 2010 elections in large part by painting President Obama's health care reform bill as an attack on Medicare. I still remember the ad put together by Mike DeWine in the Attorney General's race that had a picture of Rich Cordray and next to it the phrase "Slash Medicare" because Cordray refused to join the GOP's friviolous lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.
So what does the GOP do? They get into the majority and propose ENDING MEDICARE. Even though vowing to protect Medicare was how they won the majority in the first place. Tonight they GOP got the beginnings of their come-uppence. I suspect they will be getting more in the very near future.
State Senator Jimmy Stewart has announced that he will resign in July to take an unnamed private sector job.
Stewart was almost certain to face a tough re-election after being the key swing vote to pass Senate Bill 5.