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Josh Mandel Wants to be a Senator. If Only He Could Get His In-laws to Donate. (OH Senate Race)
The New Republic ^ | 9/14/2012 | Eliza Gray

Posted on 09/16/2012 4:04:05 AM PDT by sf4dubya

Josh Mandel, the 34-year-old Ohio State Treasurer and Republican Senate candidate, is a nice Jewish boy from a nice Jewish family.

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For Republicans, this is all very good news. Real Clear Politics recently placed Democratic incumbent, Sherrod Brown, ahead of Mandel by a measly three points. Though Ohio’s 150,000 Jewish voters make up just 1.3 percent of the state’s electorate, they are a crucial part of the Democratic base. (Brown won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in 2006.) If Republicans shave off even just a small portion of those votes, it would be, in the words of Matt Brooks, director of the national Republican Jewish Coalition, “A big win.”

What should be even better news is that Mandel married into one of Ohio’s preeminent Jewish families, the Ratners—a Jewish clan so dynastic, the Cleveland Plain Dealer once published their family tree. But his extended family has been somewhat less than supportive; indeed the Ratners are longtime supporters and fundraisers for Democratic causes. Ronald Ratner, a cousin of Ilana’s father and an executive for Forest City, the Ratner family’s national real estate company, hosted a lunch for Obama in his home last year that was attended by the vice president. Dan Ratner, another cousin, works on the Obama campaign’s technology team. Michael Ratner, a human rights attorney in New York, is defending Julian Assange, and his brother, Bruce, the owner-developer of the Barclay Center arena—the new home to the Brooklyn Nets—has donated to his cousin in-law’s opponent’s campaign. In fact, according to FEC filings, as many as 19 members of the extended Ratner clan have poured close to $80,000 into Brown’s reelect.

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Ohio
KEYWORDS: election2012; mandel; ohio; senate
Mandel was close, but now According to Rasmussen, Brown is ahead by 8 pts:

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_senate_elections/ohio/election_2012_ohio_senate

We need that Senate seat. Any Ohio folks want to shed some light on what's going on?

1 posted on 09/16/2012 4:04:12 AM PDT by sf4dubya
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To: sf4dubya

Maybe Brown’s Nazi ads are working.


2 posted on 09/16/2012 4:29:04 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Romney scares me. Obama is the freaking nightmare that is so bad you are afraid to go back to sleep)
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To: netmilsmom

Sherrod Brown is projecting. He has a history of calling his opponents “Nazis”. It’s just Brown is calling his opponents “Nazis” to hide his deep anti-Semitism and love for Adolf Hitler.


3 posted on 09/16/2012 4:45:56 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: sf4dubya

They say all politics is local... I think this year it will be more so than ever. At this point at least, there is no clear national theme or movement. Clearly the economy isn’t hitting the same chord with everyone or Obama would be down by 10 points.
In Ohio the unions are still there fighting for the Democrats. It will likely be enough to get Brown over the finish line. Between this and MO, the Senate isn’t looking so promising. Romney will be lucky if he gets elected let alone have any coattails.


4 posted on 09/16/2012 4:55:28 AM PDT by paul544
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To: sf4dubya

RATner is a good name. POLITICS is their religion.


5 posted on 09/16/2012 5:13:30 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: paul544

Since 50% pay no Federal income taxes, our country is dying a fast death.


6 posted on 09/16/2012 5:15:23 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: paul544
Between this and MO, the Senate isn’t looking so promising. Romney will be lucky if he gets elected let alone have any coattails.

This is one of those truths that few people here care to admit. It's just too hard to believe where this country is heading. (Hint: people travel there in handbaskets.)

7 posted on 09/16/2012 5:24:54 AM PDT by madprof98
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To: sf4dubya

Republican Senate candidates have an advantage over their Democratic opponents this year because of Obama’s failure to attract sufficient funds for his own campaign.

In 1996, Bill Clinton commandeered as many Democratic campaign funds from as many sources as possible for his own re-election campaign, leaving Democratic Senate and House candidates in the lurch. Which is why, although Clinton won by a safe margin, Republicans retained control of Congress. And this was done even though Clinton was ahead in the polls during the entire campaign by a safe margin.

This year, Obama has been running even in the polls even though he’s far outspent Mitt Romney, and he’s so desperate for funds there’s no doubt he’ll do another ‘’bill clinton’’ and clutch to his selfish breast every dollar of Democratic campaign funds he can get his hands on.

Unless the Ratners want to throw another hundred thousand or so to Sherrod Brown whose party booed their religion’s sacred God and Jerusalem, Josh Mandel will be the next Senator from Ohio.


8 posted on 09/16/2012 6:28:22 AM PDT by Bluestocking
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To: sf4dubya

OH people are looking for federal programs which seem to benefit “the other guy” instead of them.


9 posted on 09/16/2012 7:18:11 AM PDT by Theodore R. ( Who among us has not erred? Akin's the One!)
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To: sf4dubya
One of the things that frustrates me about my home state. They continue to re-elect (or elect to higher office) this trust fund baby POS (Socialist Sherrod) who proclaims his bond with the working man, despite never have worked a day in his life and enacting taxes that crush working and middle class budgets. Now I am in Missouri where a slam dunk booting of Air Claire has been FUBAR-ed by an arrogant and ignorant little man. Not shaping up to be a good election.
10 posted on 09/16/2012 7:37:47 AM PDT by Corporate Law
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To: sf4dubya; Marie; Zuben Elgenubi; Just A Nobody; Ohioan; ml/nj; Shellybenoit; ari-freedom; ...
Unfortunately, Mandel married into the wrong family. I'd heard of the Cleveland-based Ratners before and their Forest City organization. They are the archtypical crony capitalists, using their connections to local 'Rat politicians to help their urban real estate projects. The Brooklyn Barclay Center, mentioned in the posted article, came to be only after massive protest against it by the local community.

In case you didn't notice, this article is obviously written by a leftist 'Rat from The New Republic and accordingly has a snide anti-Mandel bias to it, emphasizing Mandel's wealthy 'Rat in-laws.

11 posted on 09/16/2012 10:20:59 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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We heard Josh Mandel yesterday at FreePAC Cincinnati. He spoke like a gutsy Marine, twice deployed to Iraq. He has great qualifications and deserves some mighty support. Freedom-loving Buckeyes plan to provide it! Look for grass-roots support for Josh Mandel to become very visible in the next few weeks.


12 posted on 09/16/2012 10:46:22 AM PDT by Pat4ever
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