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I'm hearing more and more about the candidates in this race, so I was very surprised there wasn't already a thread started on this topic.

 

Incumbent Sherrod Brown will be seeking a 3rd term as Ohio Senator. Josh Mandel, State Treasurer, has also announced he will again challenge Brown for his seat. Mandel lost to Brown in the 2012 Senate race. Democrat Brown won with 50.7%, Republican Mandel had 44.7% and Independent Scott Rupert had 4.6%, according to wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Ohio,_2012

Michael Gibbins will challenge Mandel in a Republican primary, and it's possible that U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi could join the race with a good chunk of money he's already raised. There have also been rumors that best selling author, J.D. Vance might throw his hat in the GOP ring.

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I know it's early, but there have already been some polls and Mandel has been ahead. Hopefully that's just because Brown hasn't really started campaigning yet.

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Mandel is already off to a bad start getting admonished online for siding with Alt-right trolls.  He is gonna try to ride the Trump wave that has already crashed.  But I guess those of us in Ohio are always behind the trends.

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Mandel is already off to a bad start getting admonished online for siding with Alt-right trolls.  He is gonna try to ride the Trump wave that has already crashed.  But I guess those of us in Ohio are always behind the trends.

 

An article on cleveland.com about this.

 

Josh Mandel sides with 'alt-light' blogger over Anti-Defamation League

Updated on July 21, 2017 at 7:16 AM Posted on July 20, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com

 

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2017/07/josh_mandel_sides_with_alt-lig.html#incart_m-rpt-1

 

 

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Immediately when Trump won Mandel changed his tactic to sound like the biggest Trump supporter.

That's what I thought, but it seems Mandel is way out in front of Trump on this type of behavior. As far back as 2010 Mandel was calling his African American opponent, Kevin Boyce a Muslim in the race for State Treasurer. Boyce is not a Muslim.

http://www.cleveland.com/open/index.ssf/2010/10/mandel_to_stop_airing_controve.html

He accused Boyce of insider dealings, the same thing he is accusing Brown of doing. 

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Immediately when Trump won Mandel changed his tactic to sound like the biggest Trump supporter.

 

It's probably not a bad strategy given the fact that Trump carried Ohio with one of the biggest victory margins in nearly three decades.

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Cleveland literally watched Mandel sell his soul from establishment GOP candidate into becoming a whore for populist rhetoric. The man is a career politician elected with his family's money. He is the swamp.

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https://crooked.com/podcast/mike-pence-sleep-like-horse-live-cleveland/

 

Pod Save America episode from last month in Cleveland.  They interviewed Sherrod Brown and his wife and played a fun game with Mandel quotes (believe the game was called "Breitbart or Mandel?").  Interview starts at 46:30.

 

-Who promoted a tweet that said "I stand with Israel and my Judeo-Christian culture and I find Islam offensive?"

 

-In a conversation about sexism in the tech industry, who said there's no bias against women they just suck at interviews?

 

-Who came to the defense of an alt-right misogynist behind PizzaGate when the Anti-Defamation league called him out as a bigot?

 

-Who posted an unsubstantiated three year old story about kids getting beaten at an Ohio mosque for failing to read the Quran?

 

-Who called Gabby Giffords the "gun control movement's human shield?"

 

-Who labeled the Republican candidate for Senate a "class act" after he said pregnancies from rape were "something God intended?"

 

Good luck figuring them out lol.

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Interesting. None of the other Republicans really seem viable - I wonder if someone else is going to jump into the race? What's Kasich doing later this year?

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The article mentions Taylor and Renacci ... and I have to admit, I don't know either of them that well.

 

I do know, however, that they are different than Josh Mandel.  That likely means they're an improvement based on general laws of statistics.

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Yeah I despise Josh Mandel as a politician... he is the swamp he pretends to be draining.

 

Nonetheless, as a human, it's just plain wrong to celebrate his departure based on his wife's deteriorating health.

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Interesting. None of the other Republicans really seem viable - I wonder if someone else is going to jump into the race? What's Kasich doing later this year?

 

Gibbons will win the nod.

 

No one was beating Brown anyways. Both of are Senators are popular statewide.

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Yeah I despise Josh Mandel as a politician... he is the swamp he pretends to be draining.

 

Nonetheless, as a human, it's just plain wrong to celebrate his departure based on his wife's deteriorating health.

 

My brother is a happily-married gay man, but if Mandel had is way he would take that away from him in a second.  Why should we care about his wife?

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^Because I'd assume you're a better person than him? Or no?

 

Honestly, what an awful thing to say. I honestly can't believe I'm even defending Josh Mandel who is likely my least favorite Ohio-wide candidate in history.

 

This reaction is why I am politically homeless. Here I am, a fiscally conservative, socially liberal white male who doesn't like Donald Trump, pretty much begging to be pulled back into the Democratic fray and yet this petty BS persists. If you believe your policy is better then be the better person.

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Interesting. None of the other Republicans really seem viable - I wonder if someone else is going to jump into the race? What's Kasich doing later this year?

 

Gibbons will win the nod.

 

No one was beating Brown anyways. Both of are Senators are popular statewide.

 

I agree and I've always found it strange that we have a Dem and GOP senator that are both very popular.  I also kinda like having the state represented by each party.  But hey we are a purple state I guess.

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^Because I'd assume you're a better person than him? Or no?

 

Well of course--just a wee bit of hyperbole here.  But seriously, Mandel would prefer that a gay couple not be able to make decisions affecting each other's health.  There is something just a bit ironic there.  Maybe he'll have a come to Jews-for-Jesus moment?

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Interesting. None of the other Republicans really seem viable - I wonder if someone else is going to jump into the race? What's Kasich doing later this year?

 

Gibbons will win the nod.

 

No one was beating Brown anyways. Both of are Senators are popular statewide.

 

I agree and I've always found it strange that we have a Dem and GOP senator that are both very popular.  I also kinda like having the state represented by each party.  But hey we are a purple state I guess.

 

On issues of trade, Sherrod Brown and Donald Trump (or perhaps I should say candidate Donald Trump) actually have more in common than either might admit.  Those issues are high-salience (i.e., more likely to determine actual vote) to a decent chunk of blue-collar Ohio, even those who might be more traditionalist on other issues where Brown is more progressive.  Sight unseen, I'm guessing there are a lot of Ohioans who voted for both Brown and Trump.

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I think I agree more with Portman on fiscal issues (for the most part) but I agree with Brown on social issues.  But I like Brown better altogether.

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I think I agree more with Portman on fiscal issues (for the most part) but I agree with Brown on social issues.  But I like Brown better altogether.

 

Brown would have a good shot at POTUS (wouldn't be my preference). But he's widely popular with blue collar workers and has a progressive enough agenda to win over the Left. He gave my commencement speech and I was fortunate enough to speak with him. I disagree with him on a lot but he came off as a very genuine and kind guy.

 

Honestly, the biggest thing standing between him and a run at POTUS is his appearance. Buy a comb, Sherrod, and button your collar.

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Honestly, the biggest thing standing between him and a run at POTUS is his appearance. Buy a comb, Sherrod, and button your collar.

 

Have...have you seen the current POTUS?

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^^ Haha he is always disheveled looking. 

 

I think you touched on something too.  I think he is genuine and it might be why I like him.  I don;t believe for a second that trump is genuine about his concern for working class but I think the Sherrod is.  I don;t agree with him on trade but I think he actually believes in it because he actually cares about workers. 

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I think I agree more with Portman on fiscal issues (for the most part) but I agree with Brown on social issues.  But I like Brown better altogether.

 

Given his vote for the tax plan do you really agree with him on fiscal issues?  Seems to me he's all talk on being fiscally responsible with no real principals of the sort.

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Portman is inoffensive, but the past year has made me really dislike him. He seems to just want to hide away, never wants to open his mouth at all let alone take the lead on a key issue (except opiate crisis which while important, doing something about it is pretty noncontroversial). We never get any town halls, he never comes out strongly for or against anything, we never have any idea what he's thinking. The headlines always say "Marco Rubio wants x" or "Bob Corker wants Y" or "Ted Cruz said Z." And McCain, Collins, Flake, Murkowski etc... but never, ever Rob Portman. Maybe he's working it behind the scenes but it appears that he isn't.

 

It's like we aren't even being represented at all. I noticed this behavior with the Obamacare repeal saga but truthfully, it's how he always comports himself. At the end of the day, I'd rather have him than a Trumpublican, but seriously, do something man.

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Don't know if there will be strong competition. Headwinds are not in GOP favor, Mandel lost 6 years ago. To do so again is political suicide and he would be finished. He is going to sit back and wait for another opportunity to run for a different seat. Maybe a viable challenger will surface with less to lose politically than Mandel, but he did this as a calculated political move so he could have a future.

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The news about Mandel's wife's "deteriorating health" is very vague. Sooner or later, the details will come out....such as, I had just read on another thread that there may be more to this. There is a rumor that something went down at a bachelor party involving one of his friends. There are supposedly pictures.

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The news about Mandel's wife's "deteriorating health" is very vague. Sooner or later, the details will come out....such as, I had just read on another thread that there may be more to this. There is a rumor that something went down at a bachelor party involving one of his friends. There are supposedly pictures.

 

I can confirm that his wife does indeed have serious health issues. So let's all be kind (not calling you out KJP[/member]) and just wish her well and move on from this point.

 

I can also confirm that Mandel and his staffers have never left their fraternity. The guy employed his friends as staff at every position he's held. He encapsulates "the swamp"

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J.D. Vance ‘seriously considering’ run for GOP Senate nomination

 

Columbus resident and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance is more than flirting with a run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate following the exit of Treasurer Josh Mandel from the race.

 

“J.D. is seriously considering a run at this point,” said Jai Chabria, a former top adviser to Gov. John Kasich who now is working with Vance, who has never sought or held elective office.

 

The 33-year-old has attracted the interest of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other national Republicans as a potential opponent for Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. ... Vance and McConnell have spoken more than once as party leaders apparently continue to shop for a candidate beyond wealthy, Cleveland-area investment banker Mike Gibbons, who also is a political novice.

 

MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180110/jd-vance-seriously-considering-run-for-gop-senate-nomination

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I can confirm that Josh's wife does have some health issues.

 

I can ALSO confirm that his wife's health was NOT the reason Josh Mandel dropped out of the Senate race. I anticipate the story will be out within a week or so.

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I can confirm that Josh's wife does have some health issues.

 

I can ALSO confirm that his wife's health was NOT the reason Josh Mandel dropped out of the Senate race. I anticipate the story will be out within a week or so.

 

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^We'll see if the story makes it out. But I've heard from now multiple reliable sources that it stems back to the 2011 dealings with Ben Suarez

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J.D. Vance ‘seriously considering’ run for GOP Senate nomination

 

Columbus resident and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance is more than flirting with a run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate following the exit of Treasurer Josh Mandel from the race.  “J.D. is seriously considering a run at this point,” said Jai Chabria, a former top adviser to Gov. John Kasich who now is working with Vance, who has never sought or held elective office.

 

The 33-year-old has attracted the interest of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other national Republicans as a potential opponent for Democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown. ... Vance and McConnell have spoken more than once as party leaders apparently continue to shop for a candidate beyond wealthy, Cleveland-area investment banker Mike Gibbons, who also is a political novice.

 

MORE:  http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180110/jd-vance-seriously-considering-run-for-gop-senate-nomination

 

Vance might run for office someday ... but not for this 2018 U.S. Senate seat:

 

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180119/jd-vance-count-me-out-of-politics----for-now

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