We saw on Twitter yesterday where Josh Mandel apparently started a speech with a heavy southern accent only to abandon it when he realized how silly it sounded. Paul Kostyu even referred to it in his write up of the event at cincinnati.com. We found it hard to believe he’d do such a thing and said we wanted to see video of it. Luckily our good friend Marc Kovac at Ohio Capitol Blog was there with video:

While we might quibble whether it’s a true southern dialect or more closely resembles Appalachian English, it does sound odd.  I realize in campaign season candidates speak to many different constituencies and a common technique in public speaking is to know your audience.  I don’t really have a problem with politicians changing tone and manner of speech based on the audience.  President Obama is known to adjust his style subtly given the audience.  Political observers will criticize it, while the audience may related better to the speaker.

Obama pulls it off.  Josh Mandel?  Not so much.

You can hear him change almost immediately when he hears how dumb he sounds [“Pre-sh8 eva-won bein’ out hear”].  In his short minute and a half speech Romney is almost looking at him like “WTF are you doing kid?”  Josh, of course, is from Northeast Ohio – a place where you are more likely to hear a Northern City Vowel Shift than Appalachian English.

Mandel is also taking heat from conservations groups for his “radical organizations think coal is a four letter word” comment.  I find it also ironic that Mandel would call out these organizations for being funded from places like “Holee-wud” and New York City.

Mandel has received more out-of-state money than he has in-state:

Guess what comes in 4th on the list of places he’s received money from?  Yep.  New York:

This doesn’t include the massive spending by outside groups on Josh’s behalf that has flowed into Ohio from out of state.  If you’ve paid attention to our coverage of the Senate race in Ohio it is no surprise to you that Josh Mandel is a lying charlatan who cares only about his political career and power.  He’s a patsy.  A corporate shill who will be at the beck and call for their bidding in Congress.  He’s also going to lose and lose badly.

It’s no wonder Josh wasn’t asked to speak in Chillicothe and wasn’t at the event in Zanesville.  He can’t fill up two minutes of speech time without making himself and others on stage with him look bad.  He’s also polling horribly in the state – so bad that it looks like Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS has abandoned him as a viable candidate.

[Update:  Shame on me for not paying enough attention this morning to the news that Crossroads GPS is up with a brand new ad in Ohio attacking Sherrod Brown on behalf of Josh Mandel.  The group is spending $4.7 million in all and $1.33 million against Brown alone.  Apparently even though Mandel is still down double digits, Rove & Co. are going to try to bail him out]

This latest inauthentic ploy by Josh to curry favor with those in Southeastern Ohio is the latest in his sad attempt to do whatever he needs to do to get to the next office.  The kid is in over his head – in a big way.

  • That’s just bizarre.

  • “At a campaign event yesterday, The Liar Mandel broke new ground when he tried to lie with his accent. Romney officials cut him off when they heard him say HeY Y’aLL!!”

  • xx

    I feel sorry for the coal miners. Cheap gas and the economics that go along with a cheap fuel that is not coal is their real enemy and a vote for rmoney and republicans in general isn’t going to prevent that, but it sure will make the economic reality of no job a whole lot worse.

  • Coal Miner’s Daughter

    As someone from the area where Mandel/Romney spoke (spelled Beallsville, by the way), I can say with certainty that nothing offends intelligent people in the area like someone who tries to “dumb it down” while speaking to a crowd here. I can also tell you that there are a whole lot of miners seeing right through Romney and his claims of a “war on coal”. We have a situation in which people are “strongly advised” to donate to certain Republican candidates and truly fear losing their jobs if they don’t. A lot of the miners in that crowd didn’t want to be there -they were afraid of consequences of not being there. The way Bob Murray gets around not being able to donate more than capped amounts to these candidates is to coerce his employees into donations. Follow the money, and look at all of it coming from Appalachian Ohio. Also, the comments Mandel made about Obama’s money coming from New York and California were obviously a play to the homophobics in the crowd. Yea – there a lot of redneck, homophobic, racist, southern flag-waving blind followers here, but there are also a lot of smart people in that crowd that will do what they must to keep the job they have – and then vote how they want to vote in November. To Mitt – things are not always as they appear.

  • amyvav

    Ah, Josh!!!! He blows it with the o’s. He’s got a northeast “o” goin’ in “Romney” and he totally forgets to drop it at the end of Ohiah. Did he really think that he could walk up there with his shirt unbuttoned and sleeves artfully rolled and fool a bunch of coal miners – some of whom were still covered in coal dust?!? He was totally out of his element, believe me, and instead of admitting it he tried to blend. Luckily, Mr. Murray was keeping an eye out to make sure everyone was supportive, because I know some folks down this way who don’t take too kindly to condescension and what could be construed as ridicule. There aren’t many people prouder or tougher than those in Appalachia, especially the ones who wear hard hats and steel toed boots to work. You really don’t want to go pissing them off. You’re likely to feel one of those steel toes on your backside – and rightfully so!

  • sorry for the misspelling! what happens when you both rush and try to do too many things at once. thanks for the comment.

  • annekarima53

    That kid…he needs to go to his room and watch all the back seasons of Sons of Anarchy.

  • amyvav

    Thank you so much for your comments!! I’m “just” a teacher, but I know how Mr. Murray works, too. And I know how dangerous it is to speak out against him. Sites like Plunderbund give folks the chance to get some comments out there, even if anonymously.

    BTW, I hadn’t heard all of Mandel’s comments before I posted about him yesterday. He actually finishes with “over our dead bodies!” Are you kidding me!!!!! In front of people who literally risk that every day at work and in front of an employer who tried to blame an earthquake over miner’s deaths in Utah!!

  • JackPumpkin

    Wow, that was terrible. And in the part of southeast Ohio where I come from, people pronounce it “apple-A-shuh,” not “apple-atch-uh” like Mandel did. Actually, they rarely call the region that, anyway. They’d say “Ohio Valley” or something.

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