Will Josh Mandel, Mike Gibbons Join Right-Wing Special Interest Groups, Call For Mitch McConnell To Step Down?

As Two Hands That Feed Him Face Off, Mandel Forced To Choose Between FreedomWorks & Senate Conservatives Fund Or McConnell & Leadership

COLUMBUS — Today a coalition of right-wing special interest groups called on Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down, raising tough questions for Senate candidates like Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons: do they side with the hardliners whose support they’re courting or the Republican leader of the Senate?

For Josh the question is even more complicated: not only have two of the groups calling for McConnell’s ouster — FreedomWorks and Senate Conservatives Fund — endorsed Mandel, but he “forged a fundraising agreement with FreedomWorks” earlier this year.

“As the fissure within the Republican Party surfaces, candidates like Josh Mandel and Mike Gibbons face a critical choice: do they side with the right-wing special interests who are supporting their campaigns or Mitch McConnell and his deep-pocketed donors?” said Jake Strassberger, spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party. “It’s incumbent on the candidates seeking Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senate nomination to make their position on this defining issue within their party clear to Ohio voters.”