Skip to comments.Josh Mandel Wants to be a Senator. If Only He Could Get His In-laws to Donate. (OH Senate Race)
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.
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 Ohios 150,000 Jewish voters make up just 1.3 percent of the states 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 Ohios preeminent Jewish families, the Ratnersa 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 Ilanas father and an executive for Forest City, the Ratner familys 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 campaigns 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 arenathe new home to the Brooklyn Netshas donated to his cousin in-laws opponents campaign. In fact, according to FEC filings, as many as 19 members of the extended Ratner clan have poured close to $80,000 into Browns reelect.
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We need that Senate seat. Any Ohio folks want to shed some light on what's going on?
Maybe Brown’s Nazi ads are working.
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.
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.
RATner is a good name. POLITICS is their religion.
Since 50% pay no Federal income taxes, our country is dying a fast death.
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.)
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.
OH people are looking for federal programs which seem to benefit “the other guy” instead of them.
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.
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.