The race in Ohio for
U.S. Senate is one of the most hotly contested races in the country, and a lot
of money will be spent during this campaign.
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown
a Lorain County Democrat, faces Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel
, a Cuyahoga
I had the chance to sit
down Wednesday morning with Mandel to talk about his new jobs plan and his
campaign after he spoke to a Mentor Area Chamber of Commerce group.
Mandel said he doesn’t
support the bailout of Wall Street banks using taxpayer money.
When asked, Mandel
stated he didn’t have a position on the auto industry bailout because he was a
state representative at that time.
spokesman Justin Barasky responded Thursday during an interview that either
Mandel is “lying or at least unbelievably ignorant.”
Barasky said Mandel has
taken positions on the auto bailout and told the Youngstown Vindicator in March
that he felt it didn’t work.
Mandel said he is
developing a platform to create a better environment for restoring
manufacturing jobs and an important component is the auto industry.
The campaign has seen a
lot of negative advertising already on both sides, although Mandel said his
campaign has run a completely positive campaign.
He was quick to point
out that ads attacking Brown have come from third-party groups. He said that by
law, his campaign must not have any dealings with such groups.
The Brown campaign said
that after allowing negative ads against Brown to run for more than a year they
had no choice but to start responding with their own negative ads.
Barasky said to this
point more than $6.5 million has been spent on third-party advertising against
Brown, the most against any candidate.
I wonder what all this
negative advertising will mean with slightly less than six months until the
election. Will it continue or even escalate? How much will people pay
President Barack Obama
recently brought the issue of gay marriage to the forefront and it remains to
be seen how the issue might resonate with voters in November.
Mandel believes in
traditional marriage between one man and one woman. Brown’s position is one of
Barasky believes the
race will come down to whom the voters can trust to do the right thing, what
side of the issues one is on, and the Brown campaign will continue to be
critical of Mandel’s performance as treasurer specifically citing Mandel’s lack
of attendance at state Board of Deposit meetings.
Mandel said much of the
nation’s problems have stemmed from Washington, including Democrats and
Republicans, and he believes it’s time for a new generation of leaders to be
elected who can stand up to their own party’s leaders to do the right thing
economically and for the country.
Republican Party update
Young retires effective June 30, and his term expires Dec. 31, 2014.
Is Geauga County Commissioner Mary Samide the front runner for an appointment
to replace Young? She lost her re-election bid for the GOP nomination to Ralph Spidalieri
during the March 6 Republican primary, but she is still fundraising.
n Werner Barthol
candidate for Lake County prosecutor, hosts a Summer Celebration Fundraiser
5:30 to 8:30 p.m. June 1 at Lake Metroparks Painesville Township Park. See James Falvey
Fundraiser for Geauga County Common Pleas Court Judge Forrest Burt
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 1 at the Bond Building, Century Village Museum in
Burton. See Carol
Fashioned Country Picnic for Samide, 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 8 at S.O.S. Inc., in
Munson Township. See Jackie Moskal
County Sheriff Daniel A. Dunlap
, 21st annual golf outing and steak
dinner June 8 at Painesville Country Club. See Frank Leonbruno
or Sheryl DePledge
n Jason Wuliger
candidate for Lake County recorder, hosts pasta dinner with special guest U.S.
from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 12 at Cebars Madison Tavern,
Madison Township. See Dick Shreve
or Pete Wayman
John Arthur Hutchison
Labels: 2012 election, Barack Obama, Josh Mandel, Ohio politics, Sherrod Brown, Steve LaTourette, U.S. Senate