Even the Republican friendly media in Cincinnati is tired of the failures and corruption of Ohio’s Treasurer Josh Mandel, who failed at beating Senator Sherrod Brown (D) just two years earlier. Mr. Mandel already made headlines this week for putting out a thirty second ad that was completely false, saying his name was Josh Mandel was literally the only thing that was truthful in the ad.
Cincinnati Enquirer piece endorsing Connie Pillich for Treasurer:
“Josh Mandel’s day-to-day administration of the Ohio Treasurer’s Office has been competent. He has cut his office’s budget and made improvements in efficiency such as switching the state to electronic deposits, and we support his efforts to put the state’s checkbook online as a way of promoting transparency.
But Ohioans deserve more than mere competence from their elected officials. They deserve trustworthiness and a commitment to their current job, not someone who’s always eyeing the next opportunity. That’s why we endorse state Rep. Connie Pillich of Montgomery for state treasurer.
Mandel’s tenure as treasurer has raised troubling questions about his ethics and ambitions. Just months after being elected treasurer, he launched a campaign for U.S. Senate against Sherrod Brown. While Mandel, a Republican, lost that race, he raised millions of dollars in what turned out to be one of the most expensive races ever for a Senate seat.
One contribution in particular came back to haunt Mandel, as North Canton businessman Benjamin Suarez was charged with illegally funneling $100,000 each to Mandel and another official. Suarez was acquitted of the charges and Mandel was never charged, but the details have left a taint on Mandel’s career.
Pillich has a resume that qualifies her for the job of safeguarding and supervising the collection and investment of the state’s tax revenues. She holds an MBA and a law degree, has served in the military and run her own law firm. As importantly, the treasurer’s office must be above partisan politics, and Pillich – a Democrat who represents a majority-Republican district – has proven herself able to work with people from across the political spectrum.”