One Week Later: Josh Mandel Fails To Respond To ODP Public Records Request For His Daily Treasurer’s Schedule

Ohio Attorney General’s Office States Public Records Requests Are To Be Complied With “At A Reasonable Speed” And “Without Delay.”                                   

New Associated Press Report Reveals Mandel Spent First Year “Focused On Politics”

COLUMBUS, OHIO – One week after Ohio Democratic Party Chair Chris Redfern filed a public records request for Josh Mandel’s daily schedule with the Ohio Treasurer’s office, our absentee Treasurer has yet to comply. The request followed one year of Josh Mandel ignoring the job he promised to serve a full term in to campaign for the U.S. Senate.

The Ohio Attorney General’s office states that public records requests are to be complied with “at a reasonable speed” and “without delay.” So what’s the reason for the holdup?

A new report from the Associated Press which confirmed that our absentee Treasurer has “focused on politics” in his first year may help explain Mandel’s delay:

  • ·         “Campaign filings reviewed by The Associated Press show Mandel’s first post-inaugural campaign flight of the year may have come as early as Feb. 7, less than a month after he took office.”
  • ·         “A spokesman for his campaign declined to say who on the campaign staff took a flight logged on that date, one of several during the early months Mandel was in office.”
  • ·         “Known locations of Mandel’s Senate fundraising destinations include Washington, D.C.; New York; San Francisco; Chicago; and Hawaii.”
  • ·         “At the same time, his weekly calendars as state treasurer are almost devoid of appointments…”

It’s time for Josh Mandel to stop his signature delay tactics and follow the law by providing the Ohio Democratic Party a copy of his daily schedule from his first year as Treasurer.

View The ODP’s Public Records Request: HERE

“Josh Mandel has had more than a week to comply with our public records request for his daily schedule as Treasurer and given that it’s a simple request his failure to comply or even respond raises a number of troubling questions,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “It’s unfortunate that once again Ohio’s ethically challenged Treasurer isn’t showing the transparency that Ohioans deserve and complying with the law that says he must follow this very simple request promptly, and within a reasonable amount of time.”

BACKGROUND

Public Records Requests Are To Be ‘Prompt” And Within A “Reasonable Amount of Time.” According to the Ohio Attorney General’s Sunshine Laws publication, “the requirement to provide ‘prompt’ production of records for inspection, and to make copies available in a ‘reasonable amount of time,’ have both been interpreted by the courts as being ‘without delay’ and ‘with reasonable speed,’ with the reasonableness of the time taken in each case depending on the facts and circumstances of the particular request. [Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Sunshine Law Publication, page 29]

Associated Press: Mandel’s First Campaign Flight “May Have Come … Less Than A Month After He Took Office.” “Mandel … has emerged as one of the most ambitious young politicians in a closely divided battleground state. Campaign filings reviewed by The Associated Press show Mandel’s first post-inaugural campaign flight of the year may have come as early as Feb. 7, less than a month after he took office.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]

Associated Press: Josh Mandel’s “Weekly Calendars As State Treasurer Are Almost Devoid Of Appointments Outside Of Staff Meetings And Speaking Engagements.” “During his first year as state treasurer, Ohio Republican Josh Mandel has been a man between two worlds, balancing duties of his first statewide office with a fledgling U.S. Senate campaign … his weekly calendars as state treasurer are almost devoid of appointments outside of staff meetings and speaking engagements.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]

“Mandel’s Weekly Calendars … Show Only A Rare Meeting Representing The State.” “Mandel’s weekly calendars, provided to the AP through a request, show only a rare meeting representing the state with an individual guest or group. One of the few sitdown appointments he logged was a June 3 meeting with a foursome that included former Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman and former Democratic U.S. Rep. and presidential contender Dick Gephardt, now a Washington lobbyist.” [Associated Press, 01/14/12]

Mother of Slain Officer Supports Blue Alert System

The Vindicator

David Skolnick

It took two days to capture the murderer of Youngstown police Patrolman Michael Hartzell, killed in the line of duty in April 2003.

A national alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law-enforcement officials could have led to a quicker arrest, Mary Kay Hartzell, the officer’s mother, said Friday.

Hartzell attended a Friday press conference at the Mahoning County Justice Center with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and numerous Mahoning Valley law-enforcement officials in support of a proposed federal law that would create the national alert system.

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Most senators return anti-abortion teddy bears

Most state senators have decided to return the teddy bears they were given last week by a group pushing them to pass the most-restrictive anti-abortion law in the nation.

And after an out-of-town Senate Republican retreat last week, Senate President Tom Niehaus, R-New Richmond, still would not commit to passing the “heartbeat bill,” which would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

With well-dressed children making the deliveries, Ohio ProLife Action visited all 33 senators’ offices on Tuesday and dropped off the stuffed bears that, when squeezed, play the sound of a heartbeat.

Senators legally could keep the bears, but lawmakers must report any gifts worth more than $25 on their financial-disclosure forms. Some lawmakers do not like to accept gifts that must be reported, and some do not want the hassle of keeping track of them for a report that is due in spring 2013.

Although there has been some question about the cost of a bear, Statehouse sources think it ranges from $30 to $35.

Jason Mauk, chief of staff for Niehaus, said most GOP senators planned to return the bears. In fact, five of them — well, four bears and one that appeared to be a moose — were housed temporarily in Mauk’s office, seated around his conference table as if they were holding a meeting. Each had a Peppermint Pattie on the table in front of it.

Mike Rowe, spokesman for the Senate’s Democrats, said all his members were either giving away the bears or returning them. He said they assumed that each bear cost more than $25.

Niehaus said he is among those giving back the gift.

“ I’m not sure what I would do with it. I don’t have a grandchild that would be able to use it,” he said.

Last Valentine’s Day, Faith2Action, which is aligned with ProLife Action in the effort to pass the heartbeat bill, delivered heart-shaped balloons to House members’ offices. Most balloons were soon donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Niehaus said there was talk of doing the same thing with the bears. “But because they have the heartbeat sound in them, I’m not sure that’s appropriate, because I’m not sure the kids would understand what that was. We thought the best thing to do was give them back and let the organization decide what’s best to do with them.”

Some in the Statehouse also took notice that the teddy bears, bought from Build-A-Bear, were made in China, a country with a one-child policy and millions of abortions each year.

Niehaus said his members did not spend much time talking about the heartbeat bill during the retreat.

“ I have no set timetable,” he said. “At some point, we’ll most likely resume hearings.”

He added: “I’m not going to express my opinion at this point as to whether I think the bill should pass.”

The bill has divided the anti-abortion-rights community. Ohio Right to Life has declined to support the bill because leaders think the courts will quickly overturn it, which could harm the movement.

Cleveland honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CLEVELAND – About 200 people came to downtown Cleveland’s 12th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. breakfast celebration at the Marriott Hotel at Key Center. The theme this year: “Holding onto the Dream.”

The honorable Justice Yvette McGee Brown gave the keynote address.

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,” McGee Brown said, quoting Dr. King.

Those in the audience gave her a standing ovation and said McGee Brown was “real, down to earth, and frank.”

Several students, from elementary school to high school-aged kids, received scholarships at the event.

Justice Brown challenged the students to pave a pathway to greatness, and not to focus on what’s going to happen in the next 40 years, rather on what they can do to prepare themselves now. She also told them not to get caught up with the celebrity fame and fortune and the temporary social problems of school.

McGee Brown, again quoted Dr. King, reminding them of what really matters. “ In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.

The musical group “Humble G and the Afripeans” provided entertainment for the crowd.

Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon presented a volunteer award and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Terry Stewart added a few remarks.

NewsChannel5 was a media sponsor for the MLK, Jr. day event.

Really? Josh Mandel Laughably Claims He’s Got “No Opinion” On Gov. Kasich’s Moratorium

Classic Mandel Cop-Out From Absentee Treasurer Who Has “Focused On Politics” All Year May Be Least Believable Lie Yet

Mandel Has Spent Months Launching False Attacks Against Sen. Brown Over Fracking, But Clams Up After Youngstown Earthquake

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Only someone who has “focused on politics” in the first year of a new job as much as Ohio’s absentee Treasurer Josh Mandel could possibly give an answer as unbelievably insincere as his recent response to Governor Kasich’s brine-injection well moratorium. Mandel has spent months launching debunked false attacks against Sen. Brown over fracking, and continued them despite earning a “Pants On Fire” from the Plain Dealer for his “ridiculous” lie.

Now, after yet another earthquake—Josh Mandel seriously wants us to believe he has “no opinion” on the moratorium Gov. Kasich’s imposed.

From the Youngstown Vindicator:

“When asked about Kasich’s moratorium, Aquilino wrote that Mandel “doesn’t have an opinion on it and will continue monitoring the situation and carefully watching how it develops.””

No opinion? But hasn’t Josh Mandel spent months talking about drilling? Yes. Mandel’s sent numerous press releases, done TV and radio appearances, and authored op-eds all related to drilling. Does that sound like someone with “no opinion?”

A few weeks ago Josh Mandel’s campaign let Ohioans know that they would continue their refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class because Mandel wasn’t yet in the Senate and therefore weren’t going to pretend like he’s there and voting on every bill that’s introduced.”

Well Josh, Gov. Kasich’s moratorium isn’t before the Senate. If you really have “no opinion” on the subject, you’re more unqualified for the Senate than we previously thought, and if you’re afraid to share your opinion with those you’re asking to vote for you—that’s even worse.

“Of the numerous false attacks and mistruths by Josh Mandel this campaign, his claim to have “no opinion” regarding Governor Kasich’s moratorium may be the most egregious and insulting yet since it’s obviously a flat out lie,” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “This is exactly the kind of classic Josh Mandel cop-out we’ve come to expect from a guy who has ignored his job as Treasurer for a year while playing politics every chance he gets.”

BACKGROUND

Nov 18: Mandel Supported An “Aggressive” Policy On Fracking. In November 2011, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican likely running for the U.S. Senate next year, says he supports a ‘responsible but aggressive’ policy on fracking.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Nov 18: Mandel Called Newspaper To Criticize A Plan To Postpone Leasing Acres For More Drilling. The Youngstown Vindicator reported that Mandel called the Vindicator to “criticize a decision by a national forest supervisor in the Athens area for postponing a plan to lease more than 3,000 acres for oil and gas drilling.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Nov 18: Mandel Said Brown Was Either With Ohio Or “Washington Bureaucrats And Fringe Environmentalists.” In November 2011, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “Brown is with either “Washington bureaucrats and fringe environmentalists or the people of Ohio,” Mandel said.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 11/18/11]

Dec 2: Mandel Said Fracking Was A Win-Win-Win On CNBC. In December 2011 on CNBC’s Mad Money, Mandel said “We call it the win-win-win. This is new job creation for the state of Ohio. This is affordable energy bringing costs down for families throughout the state, senior citizens throughout the state, and it’s national security.” [CNBC, Mad Money, 12/2/11]

Dec 2: Politifact Calls Mandel’s Fracking Claims Against Sen. Brown “Ridiculous” And Rates Them “Pants of Fire.” In December 2011, Politifact reported “And when rhetoric gets ridiculous — when a public official running for office implies that an Ohio mayor, county commissioners, a major university president and a federal forest supervisor are fringe extremists — PolitiFact Ohio has one rating for it: Pants on Fire!” [Politifact, 12/2/11]

On The Same Day Politifact Labeled Mandel’s Claims “Ridiculous” and “Pants on Fire,” Mandel Wrote That Shale Exploration “Occurs Safely And Responsibly.” In a December 2011 op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Mandel wrote “Shale exploration occurs safely and responsibly.” [Wall Street Journal, 12/2/11]

Jan 1: 11 Earthquakes, One 4.0 Magnitude, Within Eight Months And Within Two Miles Of Injection Wells. On January 1, 2012, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “The quake was the 11th over the last eight months in Mahoning County, all within two miles of the injection wells, he said. Saturday’s quake was the largest yet. A quake on Dec. 24 measured 2.4. There is ‘little doubt’ that the quake is linked to injection wells that the state and the owner agreed on Friday to shut down, Hansen said. James Zehringer, director of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, announced the closing of two injection wells in Youngstown Township owned by Northstar Disposal Services LLC and operated by D&L Energy Inc.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 1/1/12]

December 28: Mandel Said He’s Been Calling For The Exploration Of Oil And Gas In Ohio And Is A “Win-Win-Win.” In December on Bill Bennett’s radio show, Mandel said “And we’ve been calling that exploration of oil and gas in Ohio the win-win-win, it’s a win for new job creation, for affordable energy, and also weaning us off of dependence on foreign oil that contributes to our national security.” [Bill Bennet “Morning In America”, 12/28/11]

Jan 14: “Mandel Initiated The Topic Of Injection Wells And Fracking” Into The Senate Race. “Mandel initiated the topic of injection wells and fracking in November, calling on Brown to support a ‘responsible but aggressive’ policy. Fracking blasts water, chemicals and sand into rocks thousands of feet underground to extract natural gas and oil. Injection wells take the fluid left from fracking and inject it deep into the ground for disposal.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 01/14/12]

Jan 14: Mandel Spokesman: Mandel “Doesn’t Have An Opinion” On Gov. Kasich’s Decision To Declare A Moratorium On Brine-Injection Wells. “U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, made the ‘right decision’ to declare a moratorium on brine-injection wells within a seven-mile radius of a West Side well, near the epicenter of 11 earthquakes in 10 months. Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, ‘doesn’t have an opinion on’ Kasich’s decision, said Joe Aquilino, Mandel’s campaign spokesman.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 01/14/12]

 

Brown: Kasich's Decision On Wells Was Right

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, said Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, made the “right decision” to declare a moratorium on brine-injection wells within a seven-mile radius of a West Side well, near the epicenter of 11 earthquakes in 10 months.

Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, “doesn’t have an opinion on” Kasich’s decision, said Joe Aquilino, Mandel’s campaign spokesman.

Ohio Treasurer Focused on Politics in 1st Year

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During his first year as state treasurer, Ohio Republican Josh Mandel has been a man between two worlds, balancing duties of his first statewide office with a fledgling U.S. Senate campaign.

Mandel has aggressively worked the fundraising and speaking circuit these past months, amassing more than $3.8 million this year in his Senate bid against Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. That's perhaps more than any other Senate challenger in the country.

FCC Considers Ending the Blackout Rule

Last month, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) called for the NFL to end its “failed” blackout policy, after said policy successfully had prevented six of seven Bengals home games from being televised in the Cincinnati area.

On Thursday, the FCC decided to seek public comment on the elimination of rules that prevent blacked out games from being televised via cable and satellite operators. If those rules are eliminated by the FCC, blackouts essentially would end.

Airborne Mercury Reduction is Critical for Ohioans' Health, Despite Josh Mandel's Misgivings

Josh Mandel's recent criticism of the newly implemented rule for airborne mercury reduction by the Obama administration — that it is "unnecessary and job-killing" — is counterproductive to the needs of Ohio's future. Mercury and air pollution can cause neurological damage, birth defects and asthma in children and other vulnerable people. This problem is right at our front door, with numerous mercury-emitting plants in the Cleveland area. We can't ignore the debilitating effects of mercury for the hopes of our future health.

Brown Pushing for National 'Blue Alert' System

YOUNGSTOWN — Flanked by numerous Mahoning Valley law-enforcement officials, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said today that there is a great need for a national alert system aimed at capturing criminals who injure or kill law-enforcement officers in the line of duty.

Brown, a Democrat from Avon, said he supports a national “Blue Alert” system that would quickly provide needed information about those particular suspects to law-enforcement agencies, the public and the media.

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