LTE: Fellow veteran is disappointed in Josh Mandel and plans to support Sherrod Brown in U.S. Senate race

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LTE: Fellow veteran is disappointed in Josh Mandel and plans to support Sherrod Brown in U.S. Senate race

The Plain Dealer – As a veteran and a woman, I am disappointed in U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel.

While I respect his service, we were not taught in the military to abandon our fellow citizens when we left active duty. Not only did Mandel support Senate Bill 5/Issue 2, which stripped veterans’ preference for teachers, who are mostly women, he has not expressed his clear support for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act.

In Mandel’s recent television ad, he claims he won’t be pushed around. Maybe it’s time he stood up to the Republican Party, which doesn’t seem to acknowledge women deserve protection or a voice in government.

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said violence against women is a serious problem that can’t be ignored and that military leaders have a responsibility to address. Mandel is ignoring it.

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