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Ad Watch: Josh Mandel’s Most Ridiculous And Misleading Attack Yet

After Missing Every Single Board Of Deposit Meeting During His First Year In Office, Mandel Attacks Brown’s 97% Voting Attendance Record

COLUMBUS, OHIO – After missing every single Board of Deposit meeting during his first year as Treasurer – including skipping work to fundraise at an “upscale Washington, D.C., steakhouse” – Josh Mandel is now desperately trying to distract from his own appalling attendance record. In what can only be described as pathetic and absurd given Mandel’s well-documented record of failing to show up for work, Mandel’s ad paints a completely false picture of Sherrod Brown’s near-perfect voting attendance record.

Brown’s 97% voting attendance record would be even higher were it not for a car accident in 2000 and Sherrod caring for his dying mother in 2009.

 

Mandel – “Different Set Of Rules” – 9/13/12, :30

**Mandel Does Not Cite A Single Claim Made In His Ad**

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FACTS

 

Announcer:  With 400,000 unemployed, we need a Senator who shows up to work.

 

 

 

Josh Mandel Did Not Attend The First 14 Meetings Of The State Board Of Deposit After He Became Treasurer.  [State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/23/12; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/26/12;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 12/22/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 11/29/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 10/27/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 9/29/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 8/25/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 7/28/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 6/23/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 5/26/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 4/27/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 3/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/27/11]

 

AP: Mandel’s Absence “Makes Him Unique Among Modern-Era Treasurers.”  In a January 2012 article The Associated Press reported:  “the total absence of Mandel, a first-term Republican, makes him unique among modern-era treasurers.  Meeting minutes, news clippings and interviews by The Associated Press show that every state treasurer since at   least the early 1980s has some record of attending the Board of Deposit meetings in person.” [Associated Press, 01/25/12]

 

Mandel’s Schedule Barely Acknowledged Board of Deposit Responsibilities.  In February 2012, The Huffington Post reported “Josh Mandel, the Republican Ohio treasurer looking to move up to the Senate seat held by Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, appears to have skipped meetings of the state Board of Deposit for mysterious reasons.” Huffington Post continued, “According to the records, Mandel had nothing on his schedule on five different occasions when the board met. On two other occasions, Mandel blocked out time for the meeting, but a Democratic source said that the board’s minutes show Mandel did not attend. On four other days, Mandel’s schedule says he met with staffers at the time of the board meeting, but the staffers actually were at the meetings, not with Mandel, according to the minutes.  One time Mandel did a radio interview instead of attending the board meeting, and last month he went to a fundraiser in Washington, D.C., instead of presiding over the meeting. This past Thursday, he did not attend for unknown reasons, but traveled to another part of the state later in the day to meet with business leaders, according to the Columbus Dispatch.” [Huffington Post, 02/24/12]

 

Mandel Missed His 14th Consecutive State Board Of Deposit Meeting, “And He’s Just Fine With That.”  In February 2012, The Columbus Dispatch reported “State Treasurer Josh Mandel missed his 14th consecutive Ohio Board of Deposit meeting yesterday — and he’s just fine with that.  Mandel has skipped every monthly meeting of the board, of which he is chairman, since becoming treasurer in January last year. Instead, as in the past, he sent a designee, Seth Metcalf, the agency’s chief financial officer.”  [Columbus Dispatch, 02/24/12]

 

Cleveland Plain Dealer Editorial: Mandel Needs To Remember That Good Government At The State Treasury “Means Minding The Store.”  In a March 2012 editorial, the Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Greater Cleveland Republican, recently took time out from his U.S. Senate race to attend to an official duty: chairing the State Board of Deposit, evidently for the first time in his 14 months as treasurer.”  The Plain Dealer went on to note “Mandel, who is running as if there’s no tomorrow against Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, needs to consider the maxim that good government is the best politics. And at the state treasury, good government means minding the store.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/26/12]

 

Akron Beacon Journal Editorial: Attending Board Of Deposit Meetings “Would Seem A Basic Exercise Of The Treasurer’s Duties.”  In an April 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal wrote “the Brown campaign accuses Mr. Mandel of using his post as state treasurer, which he assumed just last year, as a platform for his Senate campaign. Last month, Mr. Mandel attended for the first time a meeting of the Ohio Board of Deposit, which he chairs. The board makes investment decisions about billions of dollars in state money. Attending its meetings would seem a basic exercise of the treasurer’s duties, not something to be delegated to a staff member, whatever his professional expertise.” [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 04/05/12]

 

 

Announcer:  Sherrod Brown missed over 350 official votes

 

 

 

Headline: “Sherrod Brown’s Attendance Record?  He’s Had Few Misses” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

Sherrod Brown Did Not Miss Any Votes In The Senate In 2012. [GovTrack]

 

In 2011 Brown Missed 3 Out Of 235 Votes.  In January 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Senator Brown “missed three out of 235 votes in 2011. That comes to 1.27 percent.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

Brown Did Not Miss A Single Vote In 2010.  In January 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Senator Brown “missed no votes whatsoever in 2010, when the Senate had 299 roll-call votes. That’s a perfect record.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

Brown Missed 8 Out Of 397 Votes In 2009 The Year His Mother Passed Away.  In January 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Senator Brown “missed eight votes out of 397 in 2009, a 2 percent missed-vote rate. His office reminds us that his mother died early that year, accounting for most of those absences, and GovTrack confirms that six of his eight misses were in the first quarter.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

In 2008 Brown Missed 2 Out Of 215 Votes.  In January 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Senator Brown “missed two votes in 2008, out of 215. That’s a 0.93 missed-vote rate.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

In 2007 Brown Missed 8 Out Of 442 Votes.  In January 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that Senator Brown “missed eight votes in 2007, his first year in the Senate, out of 442. That’s a 1.8 percent absent rate.” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 1/10/12]

 

According To CQ, Sen. Brown Has Had a 98% Or Better Voting Record Each Year He Has Served In The Senate.  According to Congressional Quarterly, Senator Brown has a 98% or better voting attendance record each year he’s served in the U.S. Senate.  [Congressional Quarterly]

 

Sen. Brown Has A Total Voting Attendance Rate Of 96.51%.  According to House.gov, Senate.gov and govtrack.us, Senator Brown has a 96.51% total voting attendance record in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate.  [Govtrack.us, House.gov; Senate.gov]

 

 

Announcer:  When he finally showed up, voted to raise his own pay 6 times.  Sherrod Brown, living by different rules than us.

 

 

Sen. Brown Has Voted Against Pay Increases At Least 7 Times. [Vote 317, 7/16/96; Vote 300, 7/15/99; Vote 267,7/25/01; Vote 463, 9/5/03; Vote 451, 9/14/04; Vote 327, 6/28/05; Vote 261, 6/13/06]

 

 

Josh Mandel:  If you work hard, you’re honest, you can have a good life in America.  That’s what I believe in.

 

 

Josh Mandel Did Not Attend The First 14 Meetings Of The State Board Of Deposit After He Became Treasurer.  [State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/23/12; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/26/12;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 12/22/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 11/29/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 10/27/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 9/29/11;  State Board of Deposit official minutes, 8/25/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 7/28/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 6/23/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 5/26/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 4/27/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 3/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 2/24/11; State Board of Deposit official minutes, 1/27/11]

 

 

 

 

“Josh Mandel is a politician who can’t be trusted to do his job and his 0% attendance record at the Board of Deposit his first year as Treasurer shows the striking difference between him and Sherrod’s 97% voting attendance record in Congress that would be even higher if not for a car accident in 2000 and Sherrod caring for his dying mother in 2009,” said Sadie Weiner, spokeswoman for the Friends of Sherrod Brown campaign. “This latest misleading attack is why Josh Mandel’s reputation as a politician who can’t be trusted is well established, but more importantly, his opposition to the auto rescue and to Sherrod’s bipartisan jobs bill that stands up for Ohio manufacturing against China proves that he’s a politician who can’t be trusted to fight for Ohio jobs.”

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