REMARKS: Ohio Democratic Chairman Chris Redfern Denounces Josh Mandel for Opposition to Auto Rescue, Anti-Middle Class Agenda

Unlike Sen. Brown, Mandel Would Have Voted To Let Auto Industry Die, Leaving Nearly 800,000 Ohio Jobs Hanging in the Balance

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A day after Ohio Republicans made Josh Mandel their nominee for U.S. Senate, Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern held a press conference call to denounce the absentee Treasurer for opposing the auto rescue championed by Senator Sherrod Brown and for continually aligning himself against Ohio’s middle class.

Please see below for Chairman Redfern’s prepared remarks:

“Unfortunately for the secretly funded special interests backing Josh Mandel, Ohio Republicans are now stuck with a candidate who would have voted to let our auto industry die while nearly 800,000 Ohio jobs hung in the balance.

“There are two things that are clear about Josh Mandel. First, Josh Mandel has repeatedly demonstrated that he’s not on the side of Ohio’s middle class. That’s why he opposed the critical investments championed by Senator Sherrod Brown that rescued the auto industry. If Josh Mandel had his way, there would be no auto comeback in Toledo, no thriving plant in Lordstown where they build the Chevy Cruze, and our state’s auto industry would be devastated.

“Had he been a Senator, Josh Mandel would have voted to let thousands of middle class families lose their jobs.

“And Josh Mandel’s anti middle class agenda doesn’t end with the fact that he would have let the auto industry die. Josh Mandel stood shoulder to shoulder with Governor’s Kasich’s brutal assault on public workers and he refuses to support Senator Brown’s bipartisan bill to crack down on China’s currency manipulation, a practice that has cost Ohio thousands of jobs.

“Secondly, it’s clear that Josh Mandel doesn’t do his job on behalf of Ohio’s taxpayers because he believes the rules don’t apply to him. Mandel has been to zero Board of Deposit meetings despite the fact that billion dollar decisions are made about where to invest Ohio’s tax dollars. Instead, he filed papers to run for Senate almost immediately after his swearing in and began taking out of state fundraising trips weeks into his new job.

“These fundraising trips were initially paid for illegally, and like his 6 month refusal to disclose his finances and his numerous instances of taxpayer funded self-promotion, these trips are one of many ways that Josh Mandel has demonstrated he doesn’t think he has to play by the rules.”

BACKGROUND

Mandel Said He Was Developing A Plan To Save The Auto Rescue.  The Youngstown Vindicator reported “Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, said he is developing a plan to ‘rescue the auto industry.'” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]

  • Mandel: “I’m Not Saying The Bailout Didn’t Work.”  The Youngstown Vindicator reported “‘I’m not saying the bailout didn’t work,’ Mandel said.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]
  • Next Sentence: Mandel Disagreed That Auto Rescue Save The Auto Industry.  The Youngstown Vindicator reported “But Mandel said he ‘respectfully disagreed’ that it saved the American auto industry.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 3/2/12]

Nearly 800,000 Auto Industry Jobs In Ohio.  In January 2012, the Youngstown Vindicator reported “According to a 2010 study by the Center for Automotive Research, more than 792,000 Ohio jobs depend on the auto industry.  That figure includes 120,285 direct jobs, 276,330 indirect jobs and 395,981 spinoff jobs.” [Youngstown Vindicator, 1/20/12]

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