Last week Josh Mandel’s office put out a press releasing announcing that Treasurer Mandel had ‘initiated’ a $25 million loan program to help assist Northeast Ohioans impacted by summer storms.

In June 2011, Treasurer Mandel initiated a $25 million emergency financing program to assist Ohioans whose small businesses, farms and homes were damaged by flooding and severe weather.  Through the Ohio Treasury’s Renew Ohio & Rebuild Ohio linked deposit programs small business owners, farmers and homeowners affected by the floods and severe weather are now eligible to receive emergency financial assistance in their time of need through interest rate reductions on loans.

Two days later the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an article highlighting  the new program that Treasurer Mandel had ‘created’ to offer low-interest loans to Ohioans to help them rebuild after the storms.

Parma residents with flood damage might be eligible for emergency assistance under a new state program.

The Rebuild Ohio program was created by Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. Cuyahoga County residents whose houses were damaged by flooding in 2011 can apply for repair or construction loans with up to 3-percent-interest-rate reductions.

Nothing out of the ordinary here, right? I mean, what is more honorable than offering assistance to people who have falling on hard times through no fault of their own? None, I say.  Except when you take create for something you didn’t do. Not only did John Mandel not ‘initiate’ or ‘create’ the Rebuild Ohio program but Kevin Boyce and Richard Cordray both used the program to offer low-interest loans to people impacted by disasters. In Kevin Boyce’s instance he used the program to offer loans to Ohioans impacted by tornadoes in Northwest Ohio and Cordray offered loans to homeowners who fell victim to summer floods.

If Josh Mandel wants people to take him seriously then he first needs to start taking credit for things he actually did and not for the achievements of others. But, when you have as thin of a record as Josh Mandel, usurping others accomplishments might be the only way he can have people notice you. Seeing how no one can point to one thing he has accomplished in office, besides raising campaign contributions the entire time, he is going to need to figure out something to run on. Or, if he can’t run on his own record he’ll just make one up.

Josh Mandel wants voters to view him as a more pragmatic and centrist alternative to Sherrod Brown come next year’s election for U.S. Senate. This story that he is just a hard working young man with strong conservative values is exactly that – a work of fiction. What he doesn’t want you to know is that he is like every other snake oil salesman in the Republican party – willing to say and do whatever it takes to deceive people into thinking that he is somehow capable to being a United States Senator. Is over embellishing ones record about ‘creating’ a new program the worst thing in the world? Of course not. But coming from the same person who within the last month has endorsed the idea of the U.S. defaulting, was using photos on his campaign site illegally, and has received $100,000 worth of shady contributions, these things start to create a different, and much more disturbing, picture of this man.



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  • Anonymous

    More of a “disturbing picture of this man” than advocating the default of the U.S. budget, copyright infringement and shady campaign contributions is the picture of him in the U.S. Senate.  Mandel is a “Future Kasich of Ohio” (FKO) charter member. In addition to his lack of experience, he has all the potential of a constipated mutant alligator with no colon and a head on each end.  This man is dangerous. 

  • Anonymous

    “Pragmatic”? “Centrist”? This is a man who is terrified to take ANY position until his puppetmasters tell him what he believes. So far, his thin record of policy stands consists of the most ultra-extreme ones possible. Supporting the heartbeat bill is neither “pragmatic” or “centrist.” Advocating government default is neither “pragmatic” nor “centrist.” Voting against regulating cockfighting claiming it is because you think the legislature should focus on jobs even though YOU have never done so is neither “pragmatic” or “centrist.”

    If Mandel could avoid taking any positions at all, he might possibly be viewed as “centrist” because he’s young, fresh-faced and A VETERAN A VETERAN DID I MENTION I’M A VETERAN. But like all Republicans, he will increasingly be pushed to pander to the far right, and The Empty Suit is a good boy who always does what he’s told to by his campaign contributors.

  • He’s an opportunistic liar like most elected TGOPers.

  • Xx

    So does anybody have the dirt on his military record?

  • Anastasjoy

    I think the “dirt” is his shameless exploitation of it, when a military record is not, in and of itself, a qualification for anything else. Shilling his service to get laudatory coverage in numerous media outlets demonstrates his lack of humility. It’s interesting though that his WikiPedia entry makes claims about his military service that he had never openly made and that are so vague they can’t be proved or disproved, clearly trying to burnish his record without leaving his fingerprints on it. However, it’s equally clear that the WikiPedia entry was written by someone associated with Mandel, in violation of WikiPedia rules. It reads like a press release.

  • Rph

    Mandel worked his high school too.  Running for class president, being the starting quarterback, demanding an IEP.  Rumor has it his mother went to law school with him too.  Can this douche wipe his own rump?

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