“All The Money In The World,” “20-Plus Year Politician” And An Anti-Trump Poll: How Republicans Spent The Week Attacking Their #OHSEN Candidates

January 21, 2021

Happy Friday, and welcome to “Buckeye Brawl,” a weekly newsletter from the Ohio Democratic Party highlighting the nasty, chaotic, and expensive Republican primary for Senate. This out-of-control primary is making conservatives “deeply worried” about the prospects of Republicans losing this seat.

As the Republican Senate primary continues to sink lower and lower, these GOP candidates are injecting even more nasty personal attacks, more chaos, and more money into this race. We’re here to help you keep track of all of it.

This week, Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser said the race was “one of the most crowded and combustible GOP Senate primaries in the country.” And NBC News’ Henry Gomez said, “It’s a wild ride here in Ohio and the airwaves are already jam-packed.”

Here’s what you may have missed:

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD. In an interview last weekend with Colleen Marshall, Josh Mandel said, “We have the people on our side. My opponents have all the money in the world. Folks who are watching tv are probably seeing ads for my opponents on tv, but they aren’t seeing ads for me. But we’re still winning.” He went on to say it more bluntly, “So our campaign is not based on money like other campaigns.” It’s a nice thought for him to have, but Josh is an out-of-touch millionaire just like the rest of the leading candidates.

WHO’S AN INSIDER? After the pro-Mandel Club for Growth attacked Timken for saying Anthony Gonzalez’s vote to impeach Trump was “rational,” it must be getting to Timken. She was asked about Mandel in an interview on WQKT and fired back, saying, “Well, we know that Josh is a 20-plus year politician who has quit and failed Ohioans. I’m the one that has rolled up her sleeves, who is listening to Ohioans…” Just to be clear, Jane Timken has been a political insider for several decades as a well-connected political donor so she’s just as much of an insider as Mandel.

NOBODY LIKES YOU, JOSH. On the Brandon Boxer Show, Bernie Moreno (presumably frustrated at his polling position), decided it would be fun to show just how Mean Girls this primary has become. In the interview, Moreno went after Josh Mandel doing his best Regina George impression, saying that 8 out of 10 people who know who Josh Mandel is don’t want him as a U.S. Senator. I mean do 8 out of 10 people even know who Bernie Moreno (Bernardo?) is?

FANCY THIS ANTI-TRUMP POLL? Firing back at Bernie Moreno’s poll, Mike Gibbons consultant Kory Wood reminded everyone that Bernie Moreno polled his followers asking if it was Trump or Adolf Hitler who attacked immigrants, silenced the press, and appeals to the darkest parts of human nature. He tweeted the poll out with the caption, “Did the [sic] mention the results of this flash poll?” It’s another reminder that these people will say and do anything to advance their own personal interests.

Thanks for reading along – that’s all for the Buckeye Brawl this week. If you have questions, my email is [email protected]. Have a great weekend!