The National Republican Senatorial Committee already had shared a link. On Wednesday, during a radio talk show appearance, Josh Mandel added his own voice, raising the matter of Sherrod Brown’s nasty divorce 26 years ago. Mandel wants to unseat Brown in the U.S. Senate. He has revealed, again, that he will say or do almost anything he sees necessary to succeed, showing little sense of decency in doing so.
Six years ago, Mike DeWine faced a tough and successful challenge from Brown. DeWine chose against taking this road. Not Mandel.
The additional trouble is, this is a part of a pattern. In capturing the state treasurer’s office two years ago, Mandel unleashed an ugly ad that played to public fears, suggesting his opponent was a Muslim and linked to terrorists. Mandel has hurled wild accusations against Brown, many deemed “false” or “pants on fire” by Politifact. He then asserted he would keep trading in untruths.
The neglect has extended to his job, failing to attend Board of Deposit meetings, hiring ill-prepared cronies, departing from his intent to serve a full term. He even has eschewed the need to take positions on matters before the Senate. What, voters might deserve to know?
How has Mandel tightened the race in the polls? Crossroads GPS, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other independent operators have targeted Brown with $8.3 million in negative ads — and it’s just June. Josh Mandel sent his signal last week: Don’t worry about crossing into the forbidden.