Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern’s Statement in Response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s Decision to Eliminate Weekend Voting, Slash Voting Hours Across the State

COLUMBUS, OHIO- In response to Secretary of State Jon Husted’s announcement that he will eliminate weekend voting and slash early voting hours across the state, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:


“Each moment we get closer to Election Day, Republicans find more ways to chip away at the number of days and hours Ohio voters have access to the polls. Now Secretary of State Jon Husted has eliminated weekend voting and slashed hours across the entire state, taking away the right to 35 days of early voting that’s written into Ohio law. I’m deeply disappointed that Husted, the Republican legislature, and Governor Kasich have done everything they can to limit voting access, rather than help Ohioans exercise one of their most fundamental rights.”


ICYMI: Josh Mandel, Northeast Ohio Native, Fakes Southern Accent At Romney Event In Latest Attempt To Mislead Ohioans

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In case you missed it, the wearer of Ohio’s “Pants on Fire crown,” Josh Mandel, has reached new lows in his pursuit to mislead Ohio voters, shockingly faking a southern accent during yesterday’s Beallsville, Ohio campaign stop with Mitt Romney.


The Cincinnati Enquirer reports:


“In Beallsville, Romney briefly yielded the stage to U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel, who gave an odd minute-and-a-half speech where he started with a southern accent unheard before. Mandel lives in Lyndhurst near Cleveland.”


WATCH @ Ohio Capital Blog.


“As if blowing off work and hiring unqualified campaign workers and friends at taxpayer expense wasn’t evidence enough of his blatant disregard for the people who elected him treasurer expecting that he’d do his job, Josh Mandel has now stooped to faking his accent as a means of earning votes,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “It’s sad, it’s pathetic and unfortunately it’s concrete proof that he is just another politician who can’t be trusted.”



Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Statement On Josh Mandel Joining Mitt Romney On The Campaign Trail

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement today on Josh Mandel joining Mitt Romney on the campaign trail:


“Josh Mandel wouldn’t support the auto rescue when nearly 850,000 industry related jobs were in danger, still refuses to support it to this day and was a willing participant in Governor Kasich’s brutal attack on pubic workers, so it was only a matter of time before he joined up with Mitt Romney. Sadly the two candidates have far more in common than their anti-middle class agenda. Just as Mitt Romney refuses to come clean about his tax returns, Josh Mandel has repeatedly ignored multiple public records requests for staff resumes related to the ongoing cronyism scandal in his office, and to this day has completely ignored our last nine requests for his schedule as Treasurer.”



After Asking Nicely Seven Times, Ohio Democrats Sue Secretive Governor Kasich for Public Schedules

As Kasich Appears Today with Romney, Public Blocked from Determining How Much Governor Uses Official Office for Campaign

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, the Ohio Democratic Party announced the filing of a lawsuit in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas requesting that the secretive Governor John Kasich be forced to follow the law and release his public schedules.

In seven separate instances, Kasich completely ignored, or only partially responded to, Ohio Democrats’ requests for his public schedules. More than 42 days have passed since Democrats made their request for these schedules. In light of the Governor’s questionable use of his office to support Romney, and news the Republican nominee has asked other governors to utilize their official offices to support his campaign, Democrats insist on release of Kasich’s public schedules to help determine whether any wrong doing has occurred in Ohio.

 “It’s unfortunate that this Governor is so opposed to transparency and public disclosure that we have to ask the Court to force him to follow the law,” said Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern.“Serious questions remain regarding whether the Governor has improperly used his office for the benefit of Mitt Romney, and it’s deeply disappointing Kasich is so secretive he won’t even tell the public what he’s done, or where he’s gone.”

 The Democratic Party’s lawsuit also comes on the heels of a similar request the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Kasich’s hand-picked leadership at the Ohio Republican Party had made to other Democrats. While the Governor refuses to comply with the law himself, he appears more than willing to hypocritically encourage his allies to request public records.

 “It’s incredibly hypocritical that Kasich would allow his hand-picked leadership at the Ohio Republican Party to seek out other officeholders’ public schedules when he refuses to comply with this very law himself,” said Redfern.

 Ohio open records laws provide that documents in the possession of public offices shall be provided to the public within a reasonable amount of time upon request. However, more than 42 days have passed since Democrats filed a request on July 2, 2012 that remains unfulfilled by the Governor. While many statewide officeholders dutifully follow the law, Kasich has shown a troubling tendency to obstruct transparency in his administration at every step by ignoring records requests, chipping away at public records laws, sweeping scandal in the State Superintendent’s office under the rug, and shielding state development investments in JobsOhio from public inquiry.

A copy of the Ohio Democratic Party’s lawsuit is available here.



Hypocrisy Alert: Mandel Says It’s Important To Comply With Information Requests, Presumably Forgetting His Previous 14-Month Long Refusal To Disclose Staff Resumes Related To Cronyism Scandal

Mandel Has Since Ignored Nine Public Records Requests For His Official Treasurer’s Office Schedule


COLUMBUS, OHIO – Josh Mandel’s no stranger to saying one thing and doing the exact opposite, but even the Ohio Democratic Party was shocked to read Mandel’s recent ramblings about – of all things – the importance of complying with information requests. Mandel told the Sandusky Register, “…we need to have common sense disclosure and access to public records.”


Just one problem with his newfound fondness for disclosure: It took nine public records requests spanning the course of 14 months for Mandel to fully disclose the resumes and qualifications of Treasurer’s office staffers he hired.


And nothing’s changed: Since June he has completely ignored nine public records requests from the Ohio Democratic Party for his official Treasurer’s office schedule.


View ODP’s nine public records requests for Josh Mandel’s schedule, HERE.


“Josh Mandel is a politician who can’t be trusted to show up for work or hire qualified staffers, and he has repeatedly ignored countless public records requests related to the cronyism scandal in his office and his inability to show up for work, so for him to declare he believes it’s important to disclose public information is yet another unfortunate example of our absentee treasurer attempting to deceive Ohio voters,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “Once again Josh Mandel’s actions are completely at odds with his rhetoric and it’s clear he’s wearing his ‘Pants on Fire crown’ from Politifact Ohio with pride.”


Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern’s Statement on Romney VP Selection of Paul Ryan, Embrace of Republican Plan to End Medicare As We Know It

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to Mitt Romney’s selection of Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, and the embrace of the Republican plan to end Medicare as we know it, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:


Paul Ryan got his start in politics, as a young staffer just out of college, working for then-Congressman John Kasich’s Budget Committee. Ryan cut his teeth working long, tireless hours for Kasich, helping him slash programs for working families, grinding progress to a halt, and laying the groundwork to shut down the federal government.

“Kasich made a big mark on Ryan, which became entirely clear last year when Congressman Paul Ryan followed in the footsteps of his mentor, proposing a radical, ideological budget that would end Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system. These men are truly cut from the same cloth.

“Romney as president would be bad enough, but Ryan as Vice-President would be catastrophic and take us back to the policies that crashed our economy. Ryan would pound a sharp stake into the heart of Medicare, and we won’t let that happen.”


With Special Interest Onslaught Against Sherrod Continuing, Mandel Stumbles Through Another Week As Misleading Ad Draws Criticism

CAN’T MISS VIDEO: Out Of Frustration Over Floundering Mandel Campaign, Special Interest Lackey Lashes Out


COLUMBUS, OHIO – It’s been another lousy week for Josh Mandel as new reports document the torrential downpour of secretly-funded special interest cash keeping his campaign afloat, his latest misleading campaign ad draws well-deserved criticism and, in a MUST WATCH video, one of Mandel’s special interest lackey’s lashes out.


Huffington Post – Josh Mandel, Ohio Tea Party-Backed Candidate For Senate, Releases Misleading Ad


“Josh Mandel, the Tea Party-backed candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio, released a television ad on Tuesday that touts his record as the state treasurer, using an award from an obscure conservative group as proof of his fiscal bona fides. There’s just one problem: the award was given to him before he was actually treasurer.”


Talking Points Memo – Josh Mandel Touts Award From Elusive Conservative Group


“UCO is an illusive group without an obvious web presence, and appears to exist only to dole out awards to conservatives. In 2010, a right-wing blogger tried to figure out what the group did and failed.”


Cleveland Plain Dealer Josh Mandel’s adding machine is a little dated


“The clip you see of Mandel and his adding machine is old. It was not filmed in the treasurer’s office. Mandel … wasn’t the treasurer when he filmed it.


He recycled it from a commercial he made in 2010, when, as a state legislator, he ran for treasurer. Hey, at least he didn’t use an abacus.”


Washington Post – Sen. Sherrod Brown targeted by U.S. Chamber, outside conservative groups


“The conservative groups, led by the business-friendly Chamber, have so far spent more than $11.5 million in a relentless anti-Brown campaign … The Chamber has vowed to spend much more and Crossroads GPS, the Rove-affiliated group, has already reserved another $6.7 million in advertising for the final five weeks of the contest.”


Newsweek – The Hunted Democrat


“Ohio is the starkest example of the dystopian havoc that outside groups can now wreak on a race. In theory, the contest shouldn’t be close. …


Mandel has received five “pants on fire” ratings from PolitiFact Ohio, a state record. … Until March, Mandel failed to participate in a single meeting of the Board of Deposit … Mandel had stocked the treasurer’s office with underqualified campaign staffers. Finally, Mandel decided in May to return $105,000 in suspicious funds after the FBI began investigating a flurry of massive contributions from the working-class employees of a conservative Ohio marketing firm.”


MUST WATCH VIDEO @ Plunderbund – Josh Mandel Volunteer / FreedomWorks State Director tells Sherrod Brown to “F%&k Off”


“David Zupan, FreedomWorks Ohio State Director, … looks directly into the camera of a tracker for American Bridge, extends his middle finger, and delivers his message: ‘Hey Sherrod, F*&k yourself.'”


“As Josh Mandel tries desperately to rebrand his floundering candidacy and distract Ohioans from his decisions to blow off work and hire unqualified staffers in the Treasurer’s office, he’s embarrassingly forced to brag about a bogus award and a credit rating that’s been unchanged for nearly seventeen years,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “His secretly-funded special interests friends have already spent $11.5 million smearing Sherrod, but Ohioans aren’t buying what they’re peddling either, and no amount outside money from the Koch Bros. and Karl Rove, or temper tantrums from his special interest lackeys will repair Mandel’s reputation as a politician who can’t be trusted.”



Is He Serious? Plagued By Scandal & Desperate To Distract, Josh Mandel Touts “Award” From Practically Defunct, Right-Wing Interest Group In Latest Misleading TV Ad

Mandel Received So-Called “Award” From United Conservatives Of Ohio Before He Was Treasurer


COLUMBUS, OHIO – In another desperate attempt by Josh Mandel to distract from the rampant absenteeism and cronyism that’s plagued his office, his latest misleading television ad touts a completely meaningless “award,” which he won from a practically defunct, right-wing interest group before he was treasurer.


In the new ad, Mandel’s campaign says that Josh was “named Watchdog of the Treasury,” a seemingly impressive accomplishment for the first term absentee treasurer.


Not so fast. The “Watchdog of the Treasury” mantle that Mandel eagerly touts was awarded by the United Conservatives of Ohio, a group of such low standing that it doesn’t even have a website (if a website does exist, ODP couldn’t find it).


Here’s what we know about the “Watchdog of the Treasury” award and UCO:


  • According to the ad itself, Mandel earned the award when he was a state representative and before he even took office as treasurer.
  • Josh Mandel’s hardly the first Republican to receive the award, as the Columbus Dispatch has previously noted: “Mandel is far from the only one to win the watchdog of the treasury award; it’s given to many public officials by the United Conservatives of Ohio.”
  • UCO appears to have no website.
  • Since the 2010 elections, UCO has raised no money and spent just $27 – all on bank fees.
  • Even conservatives have questioned who’s behind the group.

“Josh Mandel is so desperate to distract voters from his decisions to blow off billion-dollar investment meetings and hire unqualified political cronies in the Treasurer’s office that he’s laughably touting a meaningless award, which he accepted from a practically defunct right-wing interest group before he was even the Treasurer, and hoping no one notices,” said Ohio Democratic Party spokesman Andrew Zucker. “As Josh Mandel well knows, when you don’t show up for work it’s tough finding things to brag about, and unfortunately for Josh, no amount of misleading claims will disguise the fact that he’s not on the side of Ohio’s middle class and he’s just another politician who can’t be trusted.”




Since The 2010 Election, United Conservatives Of Ohio Have Received No Contributions And Have Spent A Total Of $27 – All On Routine Bank Fees.  According to campaign finance records, United Conservatives of Ohio has spent $27 on bank fees and have not received any contributions.  [July 2012 Semiannual reportJanuary 2011 Annual reportJuly 2011 Semiannual report2010 Post-General report]


2010: Mandel Is “Far From The Only” Official To Win Watchdog of the Treasury Award – It’s Given To Many Public Officials By The United Conservatives of Ohio.  In a September 2010 ad watch, the Columbus Dispatch noted “Mandel is far from the only one to win the watchdog of the treasury award; it’s given to many public officials by the United Conservatives of Ohio.” [Columbus Dispatch, 9/24/10]



Governor Kasich’s Rambling Republican National Convention Speech Sure to be ‘Must See’ TV

Will Kasich Highlight his Success with SB 5, Refusal to Release His Own Tax Returns, Threat to Run those that Oppose Him over with a Bus?

COLUMBUS, OHIO- Today, the Republican National Committee announced that the wildly unpopular Governor John Kasich will serve as one of a handful of “headline speakers” at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.  In response, Jerid Kurtz, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, released the following statement:


“We’re thrilled Republicans are bringing the wildly unpopular John Kasich out of hiding and giving him a national spotlight to highlight his devastating policies for the working class. From his unfair, mean-spirited Senate Bill 5 that alienated police officers, firefighters and Reagan Democrats, to his decision not to release his own tax returns in 2010, or his signature threat to run those that oppose him over with a bus, Kasich has a lot of brow-raising ideas to share with a national audience that will make for must see TV. ”


Ohio Superintendent Accused of Theft in Office, Pay to Play, Perjury Resigns Effective Next Week – Governor Kasich Allows Superintendent to Avoid Criminal Investigation, Collect Another $4500 From Taxpayers

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, Ohio Superintendent Stan Heffner announced his intention to resign from office effective next Friday, August 10, almost 10 days following release of a report from the Ohio Inspector General that confirmed “reasonable cause” for violations of state ethics laws. The report also raised serious questions that Heffner may have engaged in theft in office, pay to play and perjury.

Following release of the report, Governor Kasich claimed that “dismissal [of Heffner] seems too far.” In response to today’s latest news that Kasich has not yet called for a criminal investigation, and Heffner will continue to collect a paycheck from Ohio taxpayers until next Friday, Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern released the following statement:

“It’s incredibly alarming that Governor John Kasich elevated Stan Heffner to Superintendent after these allegations of illegal activity first arose, and he continues to act as if the allegations of theft in office, pay to play, and perjury are no big deal.

“If it weren’t for the Governor playing politics and forcing the former Superintendent from office in the first place, Stan Heffner may never have had the opportunity to commit these alleged illegal acts. But throughout this entire process, Governor Kasich has turned a blind eye to the corruption in his administration.

“Heffner has already collected over $220,000 since the day he first committed these very serious alleged illegal acts, and now the Governor is allowing him to collect even more. Instead of permitting Heffner to pick his own day of departure, Governor Kasich should finally show some leadership by calling for a criminal investigation, firing Heffner, and prohibiting him from collecting another $4500 from Ohio taxpayers. Ohioans have already foot the bill for this corruption for too long, it’s insulting of the Governor to make Ohioans pay Heffner for another week.”

The full report by the Ohio Inspector General is available here. All exhibits from the report are available here.



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