It really is no secret now that the ethically challenged kid candidate Josh Mandel is using the Office of the Treasurer of Ohio as a stepping stone to higher office.  He basically started running for Senate as soon as he was sworn in as Treasurer.  No secret there.  Not a surprise.

Mandel LetterWhat is a surprise and a blatant disregard for the office is his use of the title of Treasurer of Ohio to raise money to run for Senate.  We received a photo of a mailer sent out by – well, it’s a bit hard to tell.  The return address says “Josh Mandel Treasurer of Ohio” so it appears it is sent from the Treasurers office.  The PO Box, however is the address for Citizens for Josh Mandel.

This is clearly misleading but probably isn’t a violation of election law.  Candidates who hold office are allowed to use that title so long as they hold the office.  This typically helps incumbents seeking re-election.  An example is my Congressman Pat Tiberi using “Pat Tiberi – Our Congressman” in his literature and signs.  It gives the feel of the other person running as “not one of us”.

For a guy who can’t be bothered to even show up to do his job, this is further proof that the only thing Josh is doing as Treasurer is running for the U.S. Senate.  He doesn’t respect the office enough to actually do the job, but he’ll trade on it to get himself into a higher office.

What Josh Mandel is trying to do here is obfuscate and trade on the Office of Treasurer to get a promotion.  The messaging is clearly muddled.  The envelope says “Private” while the return address looks like an official letter from the State Treasurer.  The fundraising portion of the mailer is clearly from the campaign committee while the letterhead looks like official correspondence from the Treasurer’s Office – despite the (R) thrown in there to make sure you know the current Treasurer (Josh) is a Republican.

I’d also note that the letter contains odd messaging itself.  Josh asks that you “pledge your support to my insurgent conservative campaign”.  I think it’s a particularly poor choice of words for an Iraq war veteran – who has relied heavily on this experience in campaigns – to use the term insurgent.  How disrespectful is it that his brothers and sisters in arms are currently putting their lives at risk battling real insurgents and Josh is using such language as a political tool?