The Ohio Democratic Party makes a public records request to Josh Mandel for a copy of his official calendar to see how much time he’s spent on actual State business when he’s not busy running for his next political office.
Mandel’s office then scrambles to put together a laughable “Top to Bottom review” of the office that largely cites “accomplishments” either things that his predecessors did or other claims already discredited by the Ohio media. For example, one of the things Mandel’ boasts is Ohio’s high credit rating for certain portfolios, but Mandel omits that it’s the same rating that these portfolios have always had. Mandel then also claims credit to the upgrade in Ohio’s financial outlook by the credit rating agencies, but, again, those agencies actually justified the upgrade to how Ohio’s fiscal management weathered the recession, which Mandel can claim no part. Nothing in the credit reporting agencies announcements give any indication that the decision was due to a single thing Mandel had done in the few months he had been in office when the upgrading occurred.
Mandel’s office almost immediately after issuing this report which came out of nowhere and seemed to be a direct response to the ODP’s public records request (I only say that because they just happened to prepare it and include it with their response to ODP’s public records request), the office then issued this letter to the Ohio Democratic Party Chairman in which Mandel’s staff declared their boss “the hardest working State Treasurer in America,” which is remarkable given that in the same letter they gave this excuse as to why Mandel’s official office calendar was virtually blank:
Seriously, they wrote those two sentences in the same letter.
The Associated Press already did a story about how Mandel spent much of the past year focusing on his Senate race and had virtually no official duties on his calendar. Then yesterday, the Associated Press reported how Mandel is the first State Treasurer in State history to never appeared at a single meeting at the Ohio Board of Deposit meetings, which the State Treasurer chairs. The Board decides which banks Ohio will deposit its money. Although it is not unheard of for the State Treasurer to occasionally send someone in his or her place, Mandel is the first State treasurer to never make an appearance.
Of course, today just happens be the day the monthly board is scheduled to meet. So, Mandel will surely appear today, right?
Here’s how Politico described Mandel’s candidacy:
Josh Mandel — the Ohio Senate candidate who has been fully embraced by the Washington GOP establishment but besieged by a downpour of critical headlines — is facing more scrutiny about how he’s juggling politics with his day job.
[Recapping yesterday’s AP story on the Board of Deposits]
It would be quite the feat if he was able to make both events.
A Mandel campaign spokesman did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment.
Josh Mandel is now documented having to send office surrogates to handle his official business while he tends to campaign fundraising. If Mandel has no interest in doing the job that he was elected to do and is just biding his time until he can get a seat in the U.S. Senate or something else, he should resign.
Mandel’s fundraiser is hosted by U.S. Senator Rob Portman and costs $500 per person or $2,000 per PAC to attend. That’s some expensive breakfast! (The French Toast better be imported, is all I’m saying).
Seriously, I understand that we can’t expected elected statewide office holders from having to attend fundraisers and political events during normal working hours, but isn’t Mandel crossing the line?
He’s using his official office to created documents specifically for partisan political purposes to try to protect himself from attacks in his Senate race, and now is unquestionably shirking his official duties in order to raise money for the race.
I’ve said it several times before, but it is worth repeating: Josh Mandel is nothing more than an empty suit with a fat wallet.
Josh Mandel would be a much better State Treasurer if he cared nearly half as much about the State’s finances as he apparently does his Senate campaign’s.