Josh Mandel: “I Always Tell The Truth” … Wait, What?

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Yesterday, between VIP fundraisers, The Plain Dealer reported Josh Mandel said – no joke – “I always tell the truth.”

Not so, says PolitiFact.

  1. NRSC claim on behalf of Mandel campaign rated PANTS ON FIRE for being “ridiculous.”

  2. “Thrown together” Mandel claim, rated MOSTLY FALSE, “[doesn't] add up when put together.”

  3. Mandel claim rated PANTS ON FIRE and described as “overly broad; dead wrong,” “ridiculous” and “just not accurate.”

  4. Mandel claim rated PANTS ON FIRE for being “ridiculous” and a “stretch.”

  5. “Ridiculous” and “not accurate” Mandel claim rated PANTS ON FIRE.

  6. Mandel claim rated MOSTLY FALSE.

  7. Mandel claim rated FALSE for being “wrong” and “simply false.”

And lest we not forget, The Plain Dealer previously reported:

Others back down or soften their rhetoric once their statements have been publicly scrutinized, but Mandel doubles down. Consider his response in an interview last week when asked again to identify a single Ohio job that went to China because of a decisive vote by Brown.

“If that’s the level of specificity you’re looking for, you’re the reporters — you go do the grunt work,” said Mandel

PolitiFact Ohio already had done the “grunt work” and found that the examples cited by Mandel’s campaign failed to back up his claim, hence the Pants on Fire rating. Right or wrong, Mandel vowed to repeat the assertion “again and again” and said he sees no downside.

BACKGROUND

Mandel: “I Always Tell The Truth.”  In April 2012, the Cleveland Plain Dealer quoted Mandel saying ”Like Sen. McCain, I always tell the truth. And I always shoot straight to people throughout the state of Ohio.”  [Plain Dealer, 4/16/12]

Mandel “Doubles Down” And Told The Plain Dealer He Will Repeat Claims Debunked As False By Nonpartisan Organizations Like Politifact.  In March 2012, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported “Others back down or soften their rhetoric once their statements have been publicly scrutinized, but Mandel doubles down. Consider his response in an interview last week when asked again to identify a single Ohio job that went to China because of a decisive vote by Brown.  ’If that’s the level of specificity you’re looking for, you’re the reporters — you go do the grunt work,’ said Mandel, who lives in Beachwood. ‘Any reporter who doesn’t believe Sherrod Brown is responsible for jobs going to China is simply out of touch.’  PolitiFact Ohio already had done the “grunt work” and found that the examples cited by Mandel’s campaign failed to back up his claim, hence the Pants on Fire rating. Right or wrong, Mandel vowed to repeat the assertion “again and again” and said he sees no downside.” [Plain Dealer, 3/24/12]

Washington Post Plum Line: Mandel “One Of The Best Examples” Of Politicians Continuing “To Lie With Impunity.”  In March 2012, the Washington Post’s Plum Line reported “It’s often been pointed out that one of the main problems with fact-checking dishonest politicians is that they know they can continue to lie with impunity, since no one in the media cares except for a few pointy-headed truth-squadders.  Here is one of the best examples of this we’ve ever seen.  Meet Josh Mandel, the GOP challenger to Ohio Dem Senator Sherrod Brown. National right wing groups have spent huge money targeting him, and the race could be pivotal to Dem hopes of holding the Senate.  Mandel has been pilloried by Politifact for excessive lying about Brown, particularly with regard to his “pants on fire” claim that Brown is one of the politicians most responsible for Ohio jobs moving to China.  But in a confrontational interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mandel attacked Politifact as politically motived, insisted his claims are true, and went on to offer a remarkable response. Mandel said he was under no obligation to back up his own assertions, and confidently predicted he’d continue repeating them ‘again and again’ with no repercussions.” [Washington Post, Plum Line, 3/26/12]

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