SCORING THE DEBATE: Josh Mandel Doubled Down On His Opposition To Auto Rescue & Tried, Failed To Distract From Record Of Cronyism, Absenteeism In Treasurer’s Office

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SCORING THE DEBATE: Josh Mandel Doubled Down On His Opposition To Auto Rescue & Tried, Failed To Distract From Record Of Cronyism, Absenteeism In Treasurer’s Office

Mandel Repeated Debunked Lies, Showed Why He Can’t Be Trusted To Fight For Ohio Jobs

During today’s U.S. senate debate, the same Josh Mandel who claims there’s nothing more important than “jobs, jobs, jobs” doubled down on his opposition to the auto rescue, refused to support Sherrod’s bill to protect American manufacturers by cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation, touted phony accomplishments in the Treasurer’s office and laughably pledged to take his infamous unqualified political cronies with him to Washington, if elected.

Since the moment after his swearing in, Josh Mandel chose to ignore his official duties as state treasurer in order to mount a run for senate against Sherrod. He broke pledge to serve his full four-year term as treasurer and continued to blow off every single meeting of the billion-dollar investment board that he’s supposed to chair during his first year in office.

He insultingly broke his campaign promise to hire qualified financial professionals and instead surrounded himself with numerous unqualified political cronies and friends, awarding them with high-powered jobs at taxpayer expense.

Unfortunately for Ohioans hoping for some substance from Ohio’s “cartoon candidate,” they again witnessed Mandel’s disingenuous recital of poll-tested 60-second sound bites, the same cookie-cutter campaign slogans that he has repeated ad-nauseam for months on end, and which have earned him ire as Politifact Ohio’s “Pants on Fire crown” wearer.

After today, the choice in this race could not be clearer – Sherrod Brown fought to rescue the American auto industry, helping to protect nearly 850,000 Ohio jobs. Meanwhile, Josh Mandel has called Sherrod “un-American” for voting for the auto rescue, he said he should be “ashamed of himself,” and he admitted once more today that he would have let the auto industry die with callous disregard for the hundreds of thousands of Ohioans whose jobs and livelihoods would have been threatened.

Today, Sherrod Brown called for Speaker Boehner to schedule a vote on Sherrod’s China jobs bill, the largest bipartisan jobs bill of 2011 that would protect manufacturing jobs and level the playing field for American workers by cracking down on Chinese currency manipulation and stopping Ohio jobs from shipping overseas. Despite the fact that Sherrod led passage in the Senate of the bill – earning the support of Republicans such as Sen. Rob Portman – Josh Mandel refused to support Sherrod’s bill.

This contrast is precisely why, despite unprecedented amounts of outside money smearing his record of fighting for the middle class, the momentum in this race is clearly with Sherrod Brown.