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FACT CHECK: Josh Mandel’s Disgusting Attack On Sherrod’s Family Is False And He Should Be Ashamed Of Himself

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FACT CHECK: Josh Mandel’s Disgusting Attack On Sherrod’s Family Is False And He Should Be Ashamed Of Himself

JOSH CLAIMS: Sherrod pretends to care about women’s issues, but he physically abused his ex-wife.

THE TRUTH:  Sherrod has always stood up for women’s rights and women’s equality and Josh should be ashamed of himself for his gutter attacks on Sherrod’s family.

1. Sherrod’s ex-wife Larke Recchie spoke out in support of Sherrod and against Josh’s dirty attacks on their family [Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/7/12].

2. Sherrod’s ex-wife also said there was a lot of hurt on both sides of the divorce, and it led “only to angry words” [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

3. Wildly false accusations are a hallmark of Josh Mandel’s campaign [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

4. Josh Mandel will say or do anything to win an election  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

Sen. Brown’s Ex-Wife:  “Josh Mandel Should Immediately Disavow This Kind Of Dirty Campaigning.”  In May 2012, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported “Larke Recchie, has since characterized the allegations she made during the 1986 proceeding as ‘angry words’ made during an ‘unfriendly ordeal.’  In a statement issued on Monday, in the wake of the NRSC’s missive, she criticized Josh Mandel, Brown’s opponent for the U.S. Senate, for ‘dirty campaigning.’  ‘I understand that in campaigns you often have to go after your opponent, but Josh Mandel should know better than to go after our family,’ said Recchie, who has since remarried. ‘I ask that he immediately put a stop to this kind of politics. I was proud to support Sherrod in 2006 and I’m proud to support him again this time around against Josh Mandel. Josh Mandel should immediately disavow this kind of dirty campaigning.’”  [Cincinnati Enquirer, 5/7/12]

Mandel Reached New Depths When The NRSC Sent Out A Link To A Story Reviving 26 Year Old Allegations Made Against Brown During A Messy Divorce.  In a May 2012 op-ed published in the Akron Beacon Journal, editorial writer, Steve Hoffman, wrote “On April 19, this space posed the question: How low will Josh Mandel go?  Monday, new depths were reached, the National Republican Senatorial Committee sending out a link to a story on a conservative website that revived 26-year-old domestic violence allegations made against Brown during a messy divorce.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Op-Ed, 5/9/12]

  • Mandel’s Silence On The Allegations “Represents A Tacit Endorsement Of The Message.”  In a May 2012 op-ed published in the Akron Beacon Journal, editorial writer, Steve Hoffman, wrote “let’s dispel the notion that there is any meaningful degree of separation between the Mandel campaign and the efforts of the NRSC, the campaign arm of the Senate GOP.  When asked about the link, a Mandel spokesman declined to respond. That silence represents a tacit endorsement of the message.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Op-Ed, 5/9/12]

Akron Beacon Journal:  In Raising The Issue Of Sen. Brown’s 26 Yr Old Divorce, Mandel Has Revealed “He Will Say Or Do Almost Anything” To Win – “Showing Little Decency In Doing So.”  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal opined “The National Republican Senatorial Committee already had shared a link. On Wednesday, during a radio talk show appearance, Josh Mandel added his own voice, raising the matter of Sherrod Brown’s nasty divorce 26 years ago. Mandel wants to unseat Brown in the U.S. Senate. He has revealed, again, that he will say or do almost anything he sees necessary to succeed, showing little sense of decency in doing so.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

Sen. Brown’s Ex-Wife:  Our Divorce Involved “A Lot Of Hurt On Both Sides, And It Led Only To Angry Words.”  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal wrote “The dark jab has been thrown in the past. In 1992, Margaret Mueller swung at Brown in a race for the U.S. House. She was cudgeled for the attack, and deservedly so. No one was more powerful in criticism than Larke Recchie, Brown’s former wife, who explained what many people already know: ‘Divorce can often be an unfriendly ordeal,’ hers with Brown ‘no exception,’ involving ‘a lot of hurt on both sides, and it led only to angry words.’”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

Sen. Brown’s Ex-Wife Has Been “An Ardent Supporter Of Brown’s.”  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal wrote that Sen. Brown’s ex-wife, Larke Recchi, “has been an ardent supporter of Brown’s political career the past two decades. She held a fundraiser over the weekend.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

In 2006 “DeWine Chose Against Taking This Road.  Not Mandel.”  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal wrote “Six years ago, Mike DeWine faced a tough and successful challenge from Brown. DeWine chose against taking this road. Not Mandel.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

Akron Beacon Journal:  Hurling Wild And False Accusations Have Become Part Of A Pattern For Mandel.  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal opined “this is a part of a pattern. In capturing the state treasurer’s office two years ago, Mandel unleashed an ugly ad that played to public fears, suggesting his opponent was a Muslim and linked to terrorists. Mandel has hurled wild accusations against Brown, many deemed ‘false’ or ‘pants on fire’ by Politifact. He then asserted he would keep trading in untruths.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

Akron Beacon Journal:  “Josh Mandel Sent His Signal Last Week:  Don’t Worry About Crossing Into The Forbidden.”  In a June 2012 editorial, The Akron Beacon Journal wrote “How has Mandel tightened the race in the polls? Crossroads GPS, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other independent operators have targeted Brown with $8.3 million in negative ads — and it’s just June. Josh Mandel sent his signal last week: Don’t worry about crossing into the forbidden.”  [Akron Beacon Journal, Editorial, 6/18/12]

“Brown Has A Long Record Of Public Service And Support For Women’s Issues.  In June 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “Mandel’s decision to cite old claims is risky, said Susan Burgess, a professor at Ohio University who teaches political science as well as women’s and gender studies. Men prone to domestic violence tend to follow cycles of contrition with new acts of abuse, and ‘there’s no evidence that suggests that Sherrod Brown is a serial perpetrator of domestic violence,’ she said. Rather, Brown has a long record of public service and support for women’s issues.”  [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/17/12]

Mandel’s Attack “Is Abusive Of Women.”  In June 2012, The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote “The American Association of University Women, whose congressional ratings are watched by groups including the National Organization for Women, has consistently given Brown perfect scores for his Senate voting record. And said Rita Smith, executive director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, based in Denver, ‘We’re fans of the senator’s votes.’  In interviews, these women spoke of potential voter backlash against Mandel. Smith, of the domestic violence coalition, called Mandel’s attack ‘actually abusive,’ because he is putting Brown’s family, including his former wife, in a negative spotlight, ‘and that is abusive of women.’” [Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/17/12]