Considering Josh Mandel’s complete and well-documented absence from his current job as Treasurer, it seems pretty ballsy for the guy to suddenly feel qualified to promote himself as the ‘jobs’ candidate. But it looks like that’s his plan.

As part of his plan, Mandel seems to have decided that his campaign website wasn’t “jobsy” enough for his new found moniker – so he’s now redirecting all traffic from to

The is, however, one big problem with the rebranding effort, and if you go to the “Jobs” section of the website it will become pretty clear. Considering the guy is trying to rebrand himself as the jobs guy, you think he’d actually have some bold new plan to propose – or at least some experience to discuss. But he has neither.

Instead you find a pretty meager description of his jobs policy which is nothing more than two sentences of random, non-specific buzz words aimed at no one in particular: “common sense tax reforms”, “repeal of government-run healthcare”, “elimination of over burdensome agency regulations”.

The whole jobs rebranding seems especially ironic in light of the very public spanking the Plain Dealer gave Mandel over his lies about Senator Brown’s record on jobs.

The PD’s PolitiFact website recently gave Josh a Pants on Fire rating for claiming Sherrod Brown sent Ohio jobs to China.

When asked in a
recent Plain Dealer interview “to identify a single Ohio job that went to China because of a decisive vote by Brown” Mandel couldn’t answer, and instead told the Plain Dealer reporters it was their job to “do the grunt work”.

When informed that they had already performed the grunt work and proved he was lying, “Mandel vowed to repeat the assertion ‘again and again'” despite the fact that it is completely and utterly not true.

Mandel’s attacks should not be surprsing. He has no record of his own to run on, especially on the jobs front. Mandel opposed the auto bailout despite the fact that 850,000 Ohio jobs could likely have been impacted if the automakers failed.

And Mandel refuses to support Brown’s bill to crack down on China’s unfair currency manipulation – a practice that actually does cost Ohioians jobs. (Note: Senator Portman does support it).

I know Mandel thinks if he raises enough money to rebrand his website and run a few ads calling himself “Jobs” Mandel he will change enough minds to win a Senate seat this fall. But Ohioans aren’t stupid. Mandel may swing a few right-leaning independents with his fancy ads and his lies, but the bulk of Ohioans know who has really been out fighting for them while Mandel has been flying to Florida or the Bahamas to raise money for his campaign.

Josh Mandel has shown that he has little interest in performing, let alone showing up for work at his current job. Claiming to be the jobs guy when you can’t even bother to show up for work comes across as pretty damn disrespectful for all the hard working Ohioans who DO show up at their job every day – and even more so for those who are unemployed or underemployed and out hunting for work.

If Treasurer Mandel really wants to show people he’s concerned for their jobs, he might start by not ignoring his.

  • Natasha F.

    Jobs yeah right; he’s never had one, never made one, never signed a paycheck from an account with his own money. 

    What do you call a guy who washed out of USMC Officer Candidate (Platoon Leader) training?  Not Sir!

    Yeah, he served in the Gulf, I respect and honor and thank him for that, but his staged war-hero photos are too pristine to be authentic.  What a kind of duty did Jobby J. Mandel do?

    I can barely resist suggesting what kind of Jobs Mr. Mandel might be good at for the GOP wackadoodles running Ohio.

  • DublinIrishBob

    I also would like to know more about his military service.  He was in the Reserves, which requires an eight year commitment.  According to Wikipedia, he was not assigned to combat duty, but did go out on patrols.  He won a couple of awards, but the info on them is not complete.

    He also attended (as a supporter) a couple of Al Gore rallies while at OSU.  I am looking for the picture of him that I was a year ago.  

  • Anastasjoy

    I have no interest in his military service. I do not honor it or dishonor it. It is irrelevant. It doesn’t qualify him to be our U.S. Senator. And as I have said often, Josh has never proposed, discussed, sponsored, cosponsored or voted for any jobs bill at all. He has done absolutely nothing on this score. For him to think he can just toss the word around, dressed up in vague right-wing boilerplate language about “less regulation,” proves what an Empty Suit he truly is.

  • Anastasjoy

    Well, Josh certainly seems to be interested in creating one job…for himself.  

  • M.B.A.

    Yes, it’s time for Big Jobby Josh to put his military record out for the public to see what he actually did in the Corps.

    The photos he published look very contrived and posed. 

    He looks more like a kid in a costume than a “Mud Marine”.  Reminds me of youngsters dressing up in daddy’s uniform and going out trick-or-treating on Halloween.

    Let’s see the real record and facts on Mandel’s military service. 

    Did the Corps boot him from OCS – as he was not suitable to be a Marine Corps Platoon Leader?  Lack of leadership potential in such a situation and failure to get commissioned as a serving military Officer is a serious deficiency and flaw in someone seeking to become one of this nation’s 100 Senators.  If true, he was found to be not capable of leading Marines in combat or otherwise.

    On the other hand, who knows; he might be a bona-fide war hero.

  • I won’t vote for Mandel because I don’t vote for serial liars.  Dishonesty is not a virtue.

  • DublinIrishBob

    Thanks for finding it.  And regarding Mandel’s military service:  He is imitating Steve Stivers.  You can’t see or read anything about Stivers without mention of his military service.  It must resonnate with the voters or both of them would stop it.  It means nothing to me.  The GOP set the tone of military discussion when they trashed John Kerry’s record. 

  • JLM452

    Ironic that he should refer to himself as the jobs candidate when he isn’t doing the job he was elected to do.

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