You have to give Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel credit for one thing: the guy knows how to stay on message.

Now engaged in his second run for the US Senate seat held by Democrat Sherod Brown, Mandel is using the Donald Trump 2016 Presidential Election Playbook as his messaging guide. And he followed the guide to the letter earlier today after discovering that some Ohio government websites were defaced with pro-ISIS messages.

Josh Mandel fear mongers on Facebook

“Wake up freedom-loving Americans,” Mandel wrote on Facebook.  “Radical Islam infiltrating the heartland.” The post included an image of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections website, which was defaced to include anti-Trump messages and the phrase “I Love Islamic state.”  A number of other Ohio government websites, including that of Governor John Kasich, were also impacted.  All are operated by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services and all, as of the publishing of this article, are still “currently down for maintenance.”

The group responsible for the attack call themselves Team System DZ.  The website Zone-H has documented thousands of other websites around the world defaced by the group.  In 2014, they hacked the website of a Rugby team in the UK.  In 2015 they hacked a food truck in Ontario Canada. Because, umm, you know, ISIS hates sports sandwiches… or something.

ISIS-promoting hacker group brags about defacing website of Ohio Governor’s wife

The group’s Facebook page also documents their attacks, which seem to be limited to exploiting security flaws in government and corporate websites.  The attacks replace existing content with poorly worded anti-government messages.  Their latest Facebook post lists all of the Ohio websites they hacked.  The website of Ohio’s first lady, Karen Kasich, is included first and images from her site are visible within the post.

The group’s previous Facebook post brags about defacing the website of a French movie theater and the site of a French company that sells discount beauty products and discount haircuts.  Allez savoir pourquoi!

It’s clear Mandel thinks he can beat Sherod Brown by tacking hard to the right again.

He tried the same thing during the last election cycle by denouncing gay marriage.  That worked out very, very poorly for him.

This cycle he seems to think he needs to play the Trump-inspired anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant cards.

At this point, it doesn’t appear that the outcome will be any different in 2018.



  • Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    The Middle East has ISIS and Ohio gets Josh Mandel

  • Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    The Middle East has ISIS and Ohio gets Josh Mandel

    By Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    June 29, 2017

    After Governments websites in 3 states including the
    websites Governor John Kasich and the first lady Karin Kasich were
    hacked by Team System DZ with pro ISIS messages, State Treasurer Josh
    Mandel went on rampage by posting absurd and anti Muslims messages on
    his Facebook. That was even before the FBI’s Ohio field office would
    confirm the identity of the hackers, Mandel saw fit to blame Islam and

    To rant on Facebook, ” Wake up freedom-loving
    Americans” and “Radical Islam is infiltrating the heartland” without any
    evidence is nothing more than incitement and misinformation campaign
    against Muslims. It is absolutely amazing that a Jew such as Mandel has
    such a short memory about where such prejudice leads.

    This is by no means the fist time Mr. Mandel used
    deceptive tactics to score a political point. During his race for state
    treasurer two years ago, he resorted to a fake and phony TV ad that
    suggested his opponent Kevin Boyce, an African-American Christian, was a

    Last December, Mr. Mandel also share a Twitter post
    from an Arizona man who referred to Islam as “offensive.” This makes me
    wonder if Mr. Mandel is mad because his website was not hacked by the
    pro ISIS hackers! Perhaps Mandel never met a Muslim or have visited any
    of the 88 Ohio mosques.

    Josh Mandel graduated from OSU in 2000 and attended
    law school at Case Western Reserve. According to Cleveland Plain Dealer,
    Mandel took the bar exam, but no one can locate records of him passing
    it. Mandel, is the GOP nominee to challenge Democratic Sen. Sherrod
    Brown in 2018. Ohioans deserve honesty and integrity of any office

    Josh Mandel conveniently ignore the facts of a recent
    report that indicates there were 355 mass shootings in the U.S. in
    2015. Only two of them, the alleged suspects, were Muslims. All other
    353 mass shootings were committed by White supremacist groups. According
    to FBI statics, over 90% of terrorist acts in the US are committed by

    The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) have
    launched ane app called “Making Democracy Work for Everyone” in an
    effort to make the number of reported hate crimes match the actual
    number of these crimes.

    CAIR also released a report showing a 57 percent
    increase in anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S. in 2016 compared with the
    previous year. Over the same period there was a 44 percent increase in
    incidents that were officially recognized as hate crimes against
    Muslims. Where was Mr. Mandel hiding during those hate crimes and ugly
    attacks that was committed against Muslims and their institutions
    locally and nationwide?

    Mandel should talk to and not about Muslims in America.
    Perhaps he can learn somethings. It is not healthy or helpful to
    publicly insult and defame your follow Muslims citizens. This Muslim
    observer take comforts by the fact that the Middle East has ISIS and
    Ohio gets Josh Mandel. They are both two sides of the same coin.

    Mahmoud El-Yousseph

    Retired USAF Veteran

  • JLM452

    Lil’ Joshie recently stated that he stands with Mike Cernovich who is an alt-right InfoWars host. That’s right, kids, InfoWars, home of Alex Jones, Pizzagate, Sandy Hook Was A Hoax, 9-11 Was An Inside Job and Lizard People. Yes, this is what Ohio needs in the Senate.

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