Here’s a clue. If you are running for statewide office and you are going to be in charge of all our money, you probably should be as transparent as a previously unbroken window in a Democratic Party Headquarters. It’s very simple.

Transparency = Freedom, Democracy, and the American Way

Apparently Republican Josh Mandel and his staffer and current legislative aid Joel Riter are un-American fascists who don’t understand this concept and don’t like the glare of transparency peeking in on their right wing lovefest.

Chris Johnson at the Cincinnatti Beacon has the goods. A video (below) in which Joel not only blocks an ODP tracker from filming Josh’s speech, but Chris’ camera as well! He apologizes later thinking Johnson also was a Democratic Party tracker.

Sidebar: If I’m not mistaken that’s Ben Keeler making a pretty big cameo in the video. I wasn’t sure if Ben was there as a spectator or staffer so I emailed him to ask. Will report back what I find out.

Chris, being a very good investigative blogger, isn’t satisfied to just leave without explanation. He makes several attempts to talk to both Josh and Joel to get an explanation as to why they are using Gestapo tactics to shut down the ability of an Ohio citizen to record a publicly accessible forum. Josh finds out in the video below that The Beacon “leans left” and shuts down all communication with Chris from that point.

So the obvious question is begged: How is Josh Mandel going to govern as State Treasurer? Will he represent all of us and the interests of every taxpayer or will he only listen to his right wing overlords?

I’d love a good answer to this, but apparently I’m not allowed to ask.

Maybe I should ask Kevin Boyce, current Ohio State Treasurer, if he is going to run his campaign this way.

h/t Jill, who sent me this via email – as did our own Joseph who I’m sure will have more to say about this. He loves Josh Mandel!

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