Josh Mandel Not “Too Busy” for Interview in Florida with NewsMax

Last month Josh Mandel claimed he was he was “too busy” to speak to local voters and press at the Akron Press Club despite the fact that they offered to let him pick his own date and gave him the opportunity to have a forum all to himself.

On Friday, January 6th, 2012 Senator Sherrod Brown had accepted the request to speak the Akron Press Club. And while he was talking to Ohioans and answering their questions, Mandel, who said he was “too busy” to talk to the Press Club, was – Surprise! – in Florida doing an interview with the ultra-right wing “news” organization NewsMax and likely doing some fundraising in nearby Palm Beach.

According to this tweet from NewsMax reporter John Bachman, Mandel was filming an interview at the organization’s headquarters in Palm Beach Florida on January 6th.

OU grad announces re-election campaign

A noted Ohio University alumna is hoping to keep her position in Ohio’s legal system.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, a 1982 Ohio University graduate, announced Monday that she intends to run for re-election to the Supreme Court later this year.

She will run against Butler County Domestic Relations Judge Sharon L. Kennedy, a Republican, according to an article in The Columbus Dispatch.

When former Gov. Ted Strickland appointed McGee Brown in December 2010, she became the Ohio Supreme Court’s first black female justice. She took office Jan. 1, 2011.

“I believe that I have had a real impact, by bringing a life experience and a perspective to the high court that might not otherwise be represented,” McGee Brown said.

McGee Brown is the only one of the seven justices on the Supreme Court who is a Democrat. She obtained her juris doctorate from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1985.

A former OU Trustee, McGee Brown served on the board from June 2009 until she left to become an Ohio Supreme Court justice. Janetta King replaced McGee Brown on the OU Board of Trustees.

“She did an outstanding job as a university trustee,” OU President Roderick McDavis. “She was involved, engaged in meetings, never shy about offering her opinions.”

McDavis said he admired and respected McGee Brown and her work with families and children. She was the founding director of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy in Columbus.

The center, which specializes in child-abuse cases, provides teams of specialists to work with victims, offers prevention services, and enables cooperation between police, prosecutors and advocates to streamline investigations.

“For the thousands of children and families caught up in these crimes, I know we have made a difference,” McGee Brown said.

McGee Brown said she brings an important diversity to the court that not only provides a different perspective but also has affected decisions.

“Whether having to do with worker’s compensation, family law or child welfare, I bring experience and perspective that my judicial colleagues can benefit from,” she said.

In September 2011, McGee Brown visited OU with former Sen. George Voinovich and Ohio House Speaker JoAnn Davidson to speak with students about the importance of experience and integrity in public service.

“I think Ohio University has a good tradition, both among Board of Trustees members and other leaders in the state of Ohio, of placing people in places where they can be successful, and she’s certainly a good example of that,” said C. Robert Kidder, chairman of the OU Board of Trustees.

McGee Brown was elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile division, in 1992 and served for 10 years.

In 2010, McGee Brown ran for elected office as Strickland’s running mate, but Republican Gov. John Kasich and his running mate Mary Taylor defeated them.

McGee Brown seeking full term as justice

Ohio needs high-court diversity, appointed Democrat says

One of Justice Yvette McGee Brown’s major pitches for staying on the Ohio Supreme Court is the need for diversity.

She is not only the first black female justice in the court’s history, but now also the only Democrat.

Courts come closest to upholding the ideal that all are created equal and stand equally before the law, McGee Brown said yesterday in formally announcing her candidacy at the Downtown YWCA.

“That’s why it’s important to have diversity among our judges — not just diversity in terms of race or gender or political party, but diversity in terms of life experience,” she told about 50 supporters, family members and reporters in attendance.

The 51-year-old from Gahanna was appointed to the high court in December 2010 by Gov. Ted Strickland to serve out the term of Maureen O’Connor, who had been elected chief justice.

McGee Brown was Strickland’s lieutenant governor running mate last year.

Born in Columbus to a single mother who worked two jobs to support her three children, McGee Brown graduated from Ohio University and earned a law degree at Ohio State University.

She worked in the attorney general’s office and later became chief counsel for two state departments. In 1992, she became the first black woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court and, a decade later, left to run the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“I believe that I’ve had a real impact, by bringing a life experience and a perspective to the high court that might not otherwise be represented,” McGee Brown said.

She is trying to become the first Democrat elected to the Supreme Court since 2000. Her Republican opponent in November will be Sharon L. Kennedy, a Cincinnati-area domestic-relations judge and former police officer.

Kennedy, 49, spent last year seeking and ultimately winning the endorsement of the Ohio Republican Party over Franklin County Court of Appeals Judge Judith L. French.

In a phone interview yesterday, she, too, cited her diverse background as a selling point.

If elected, Kennedy said she would become the first former police officer on the court and the first justice from south of I-70 in years. She described herself as a “working-class kid” who put herself through college and law school.

“That model is something other people can emulate,” she said.

Year In Review: Josh Mandel’s First Year As “Treasurer” Marked By Numerous Legal And Ethical Violations And A Refusal To Stand Up For Ohio’s Middle Class

Absentee Treasurer Becomes Known For Dodging The Press While Repeatedly Spreading False, Misleading Claims Debunked By Non-Partisan Fact Check Organizations

COLUMBUS, OHIO – A not so happy anniversary to Ohio’s absentee Treasurer Josh Mandel who finishes a first year as “Treasurer” that’s been riddled with numerous legal and ethical violations and a refusal to stand up for Ohio’s middle class. Proving he’ll do and say just about anything to win an election, Mandel’s cemented a reputation for dodging the press while repeatedly spreading false and misleading claims that are continuously debunked by non-partisan fact check organizations. But while Josh Mandel has shown the only job he cares about fighting for is his next one, don’t take our word for it. Just look back on Mandel’s past year.

Dayton Daily News – Martin Gottlieb: Mandel wasn’t ready last time

Red State Ohio – Josh Mandel Should Resign as Treasurer

Associated Press - Democrats question timing of Senate run by Mandel

Columbus Dispatch – Mandel for Senate fundraising begins

Toledo Blade – Editorial: Shooting Star

Politico – Coughlin: Not appropriate for Mandel to run

Cleveland Plain Dealer – What would Sherrod do? And Kevin and Josh?

Plunderbund – Wanted: An Ohio Treasurer that can do basic accountancy.

Associated Press – Ohio treasurer declines to say where he stands on union law, says he’s focused on other issues

Plain Dealer – Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a critic of taxpayer-funded promotions, personally congratulates college grads on office stationery

Akron Beacon Journal – Editorial: All in a name

WKYC - Democrats file FEC complaint against Treasurer Mandel

Associated Press - Senate race: Dems complain to FEC alleging Ohio treasurer shared office, campaign materials

Toledo Blade - Ohio Dems File FEC Complaint Against Mandel

Hawaii Reporter - Who’s Josh Mandel?

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Citizens United, after opening door to big campaign cash, is helping Josh Mandel take on Sherrod Brown

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel is back from private fund-raiser with D.C. lobbyists, lips sealed

Toledo Blade - Senate candidate misses financial filing deadline

Toledo Blade – Mandel Web page is removed

Columbus Morning Call - Ohio Treasurer Mandel removes Web page after protest

Columbus Dispatch – St. Treasurer Mandel is in a bind

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Fundraiser invite identifies Treasurer Josh Mandel as U.S. Senate candidate

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Editorial: Josh Mandel’s opportunism

Plunderbund - Josh Mandel removes copyrighted photos from website, will he pay for use?

Plain Dealer – Josh Mandel’s finances include dozens of stocks, real estate and some recent wise buys

Toledo Blade – Canton Firm’s Workers Making Unusual Donations

Plunderbund - Josh Mandel now taking credit for starting program he didn’t start

Plain Dealer – Josh Mandel’s early political travel as treasurer questioned by Ohio Democrats

Associated Press - Josh Mandels Ohio Senate bid shaken by questionable campaign cash, broken promise

Associated Press - Ohio treasurer launches tool to find public pay

Plunderbund - Mandel: Shady campaign donations O.K. because I wrote thank you letters

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel Politifact: False

Akron Beacon Journal – Editorial: Mandel Of Mystery

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel’s family ties make for fascinating politics

Columbus Dispatch - Wife’s income slows Mandel’s disclosure report

Plunderbund - Josh Mandel is 128 days late in filing his disclosure forms with the US Senate. In other news, the sun came up this morning.

Youngstown Vindicator - Mandel’s failure to file doesn’t add up

Columbus Dispatch – Mandel wants to lean more about Piketon uranium plant before backing it

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel Politifact: Mostly False

Plunderbund - Almost one-year later, Mandel still hasn’t taken down his Mosque ad from You-Tube

Cleveland Plain Dealer - To be a model of transparency, Treasurer Josh Mandel and others have long way to go

Dayton Daily News - Mandel takes on critics of campaign

Columbus Dispatch - Mandel remains a mystery to Ohioans

Politico - Nazi reenactor gave Mandel $1,000

Cleveland Jewish News - Nazi reenactor gives $1,000 to Mandel Senate campaign

Columbus Dispatch - Mandel Campaign Contributors Include Former Congressional Candidate Dinged for Being Nazi Re-Enactor

Cleveland Plain Dealer – Josh Mandel Politifact: Half True

Associated Press – Ohioans report errors in treasurer salary database

Columbus Dispatch - Group presses Mandel on Nazi re-enactor’s donation

Akron Beacon Journal - Editorial: Mandel in a hurry

Toledo Blade - Mandel refuses to give up Iott’s donation

Associated Press - Treasurer won’t give up money from Nazi wearer

Cleveland Jewish News - NJDC demands Mandel return Nazi reenactor’s cash

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel discloses finances, showing his wife with extensive holdings in a trust

Plunderbund - Shocker: Mandel’s public employee database is full of errors and inaccuracies

Columbus Dispatch - ODP to Mandel: Fix Your Finance Report or We’ll File a Complaint

Cleveland Plain Dealer – POLITIFACT: Josh Mandel accuses Sherrod Brown of “egging on” protesters doing vulgar acts – PANTS ON FIRE

Plunderbund - Josh Mandel’s salary database even has his own salary wrong

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Political pundits see parallels between Josh Mandel and George Voinovich (the 1988 version)

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Shady pics and video: Groups backing Josh Mandel, Sherrod Brown having fun and fits

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel declines Akron Press Club invitation to discuss his U.S. Senate campaign

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel Politifact: PANTS ON FIRE

Akron Beacon Journal – Editorial: Absent in Akron

Plunderbund - So Josh Mandel went to Harvard?

Cleveland Plain Dealer - Josh Mandel questions Sherrod Brown’s positions, but only addresses some of his own

Akron Beacon Journal - Editorial: The Galling

“Just one fourth of his way through a four year term he promised to serve, Josh Mandel has ignored the Treasurer’s office while attacking Ohio’s middle class and racking up legal and ethical violations in an insultingly transparent effort to secure the only job in Ohio he cares about–his next one” said Ohio Democratic Party press secretary Justin Barasky. “While launching numerous false and misleading attacks, Josh Mandel has refused to stand up against job killing policies that hurt Ohio’s middle class, supported a plan to end Medicare as we know it, and hid from reporters looking for answers regarding his many legal and ethical lapses. Josh Mandel believes the rules don’t apply to him and can’t be counted on to keep his promises or fight for Ohioans.”

Negative blasts at Sherrod Brown are just a taste of what's to come: Joe Frolik

Saw Sherrod Brown speak in Akron on Friday, and you'll be happy to hear that Ohio's senior senator must have gotten a razor for Christmas, because he looked nothing like the squirrelly, ill-shaven character who took up residence on your television screen late last year.

An estimated $3 million was spent by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other conservative "super PACs" in hopes of weakening Democrat Brown's re-election hopes. Most of the ads focused on his "job-killing" votes for taxes or environmental regulations, and in the style of these attacks — regardless of which party is launching them — they featured the least flattering pictures imaginable.

Does Empty Suit = Empty Office?

I'll be curious to find out!

The Ohio Democratic Party has filed a public-records request with the state treasurer's office for treasurer Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel's public schedule.

For those who haven't been following along, Mandel got himself elected to this office, for which he has no qualifications, via big corporate money, baseless smear, and shamelessly exploiting his military service. Then within weeks of being sworn in to this office which he promised he would hold for four years, he began racing around the country like a madman, looking for even MORE corporate cash to fund a run for U.S. Senate. There's no way such an underqualified officeholder should have even been thinking about raising money for another run in his first year — let alone his first month.

Ohio Counties to Get Federal Resources to Repair Roads and Bridges Due to Flooding

Several local counties are among 44 Ohio counties that will be eligible to receive new federal resources to help repair roads and bridges following serious severe rainfall from March to May of 2011.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown says the Ohio Department of Transportation has been awarded FY 2011 Federal Highway Administration resources to improve federal infrastructure following the severe storm-induced damages across Ohio.

Small Honda Plant to be Built by '15 in Central Ohio

DETROIT — Honda Motor America plans to build a small plant in central Ohio and add a small number of jobs by 2015 to make its iconic Acura NSX supercar.

Off the market since 2005, the NSX has been immortalized in video games as one of Japan's greatest sports cars. The next version will be designed and built in Ohio.

Brown: U.S. Aid Helped Create Auto Jobs in Ohio

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) credited the federal aid and restructuring of the U.S. auto industry for creating new auto jobs in Ohio when he stopped by United Auto Workers Local 12 in Toledo for a 40-minute news conference Sunday.

Senator Brown said the federal assistance program not only stabilized Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. but also helped save and add manufacturing jobs throughout Ohio.

Ohio Democrats Ask to See Josh Mandel's Work Schedule

WASHINGTON — The Ohio Democratic Party says that state Treasurer, Josh Mandel, a Republican, is spending too much time tending to political duties, short-changing the citizens.

Mandel, who now has served a year as treasurer, is running for U.S. Senate, hoping to unseat Democratic incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown in November. But that requires time and money. So Mandel travels the country, from Hawaii to the East Coast, taking in millions for his Senate campaign and winning significant political endorsements.

Paid for and authorized by the Ohio Democratic Party, not authorized by any federal candidate or campaign committee. Chris Redfern, Chairman, 340 East Fulton St, Columbus, Ohio 43215.