Skip to comments.Josh Mandel - Ohio conservative candidate for U.S. Senate
Posted on 02/21/2012 5:48:42 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
The first primary election for U.S. Senate will occur in Ohio two weeks from today. Voters can send a true conservative fighter to Washington by nominating State Treasurer Josh Mandel.
Josh Mandel is not only the strongest conservative in the race, he also has the best chance of defeating Democrat U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown -- ranked the most liberal politician in the Senate.
Help SCF Push Josh Mandel On To Victory
We looked for a suitable candidate to take on Sherrod Brown for nearly six months last year. Several names were floated, but nobody stepped forward until a young, former U.S. Marine answered the call.
Josh Mandel was not recruited by Washington; he was drafted by the grassroots in Ohio. And over the past eight months, he has shown the strength voters are looking for.
In fact, when House Speaker John Boehner -- another Ohio Republican -- cut a deal with President Obama to increase the debt limit without balancing the budget, Josh Mandel courageously opposed it.
This kind of principled independence is exactly what our nation needs today, but it stands in stark contrast to Sherrod Brown's blind support for President Obama's liberal agenda.
If Josh Mandel is nominated by Republicans in Ohio to face Sherrod Brown next November, it will be one of the biggest political showdowns in the country.
The race will pit a young conservative leader with the principles and determination to restore America's greatness against a liberal, career politician who has supported the policies that gave us sky-high unemployment and over $15 trillion in debt. Consider the contrast:
Brown voted FOR the Wall Street bailout. Mandel opposes it.
Brown voted FOR the $787 billion stimulus bill. Mandel opposes it.
Brown voted FOR President Obama's government takeover of healthcare. Mandel supports full repeal.
Brown voted FOR the Cash for Clunkers program. Mandel opposes it.
Brown voted for FOR union intimidation using "card check" elections. Mandel opposes card check.
Brown voted AGAINST permanent repeal of the death tax. Mandel supports full repeal.
Brown voted AGAINST the earmark moratorium. Mandel supports a permanent ban.
Brown voted AGAINST defunding Planned Parenthood. Mandel supports defunding it.
Brown voted AGAINST the Balanced Budget Amendment. Mandel supports it.
Brown SUPPORTS cap-and-trade legislation that will destroy jobs. Mandel opposes it.
Brown SUPPORTS raising the debt limit. Mandel opposes it.
On issue after issue, the choice is clear. Josh Mandel fights for freedom while Sherrod Brown fights for debt and dependency. Voters in the Buckeye State can replace Sherrod Brown next year with a true conservative leader who will stand up to the big spenders in both political parities, but that can only happen if the voters know they have a choice.
Help SCF Push Josh Mandel On To Victory
That is why the Senate Conservatives Fund needs your support to tell the voters in Ohio about Josh Mandel and make certain they know the truth about Sherrod Brown.
Josh Mandel is not as well-known as Sherrod Brown, but he's gradually gaining on him. When we endorsed Mandel last year, he trailed Brown by more than 15 points. But a recent Rasmussen Reports survey shows Mandel trailing by just 4 points.
We can win this race, but we must work together.
Please make a contribution to the Senate Conservatives Fund today to help us push Josh Mandel across the finish line in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, March 6.
Thank you for your continued support and encouragement.
Jim DeMint United States Senator Chairman, Senate Conservatives Fund
From where in Ohio is Josh Mandel?
Mandel was born on September 27, 1977. He attended Beachwood High School where he was the quarterback of the football team. Mandel attended The Ohio State University where he earned a BA in communications. At Ohio State, he served two terms as the undergraduate student government president. While there he was also a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity. After graduating in 2000, he earned a JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.
Mandel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, where he served eight years, including times as an intelligence specialist, having graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps duty included two tours in Iraq, where he operated throughout the Al Anbar Province. During both tours, Mandel was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for “superior performance of his duties.” His first tour was from February 2004 to November 2004, during which he was attached to a light armored reconnaissance battalion. He left for his second tour in September 2007. Attached to an infantry battalion, Mandel served in the city of Haditha. Despite being an intelligence specialist, he would often go out on foot patrols with the infantry.[
Mandel is also I assume Jewish. So hopefully the Jewish community in Ohio will turn out for him and that will help get Ohio in to the GOP column. Hopefully.
Family and personal life
Mandel and his wife Ilana reside in Beachwood, Ohio. They were married August 28, 2008, in Jerusalem. (You can bet he knows where the Capitol of Israel needs to be.)
Mandel’s family emigrated to the United States. His grandfather Joe is originally from Poland and is a Holocaust survivor while his grandmother, Fernanda, is originally from Italy and was hidden from the Nazis by a Catholic family during World War II. In a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition, he said the tribulations of his grandparents and family inspired him to public service.
Johh Mandel (on the left) in Haditha Iraq.
See http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2849568/posts?page=11#11 for one of Josh’s military photos.