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Ohioans clear that Senate seat is not for sale to highest bidder

Published: Thu, November 8, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Republican state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who promised to serve out his four-year term when he was running in 2010, had millions of dollars pumped into his campaign this year to oust U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat completing his first six-year term. Fortunately, the voters of Ohio did not buy what Mandel was selling.

Indeed, his defeat was a repudiation of the outside groups, led by national Republican operative Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS, that spent $40 million on Mandel’s behalf. That figure was contained in a Columbus Dispatch story that also showed Crossroad GPS spending $12 million.

But the bottom line of the hotly contested, often nasty, Senate race is that the voters of Ohio did not find the Republican credible in his criticism of Brown and did not appreciate his sleazy politics, as when he called the incumbent “a liar” during the second of their three debates. The state treasurer also characterized Brown as “un-American” during an editorial board meeting with the Dispatch.

This is not to suggest that Brown’s campaign was all peaches and cream, but his verbal blasts were timid compared with what he endured.

The voters of Ohio made the right decision in sending Brown back to Washington and telling Mandel that they expect him to finish the job he was elected to do. Taxpayers don’t take kindly to officeholders who seem to be constantly running for higher office.

During the campaign it was pointed out by reporters that the state treasurer had spent so much time away from his office raising money for his senatorial bid that he failed to perform his official duties defined in the statute.

By contrast, Brown’s record in office reflects a hard-working legislator who is firmly committed to helping the middle class recover from the beating it has taken since the national recession that began in the latter part of 2008.

His principled stand on such controversial issues as the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, and the auto bailout of GM and Chrysler endeared him to the electorate.

The final results from Tuesday night’s election show Brown with 50.4 percent (2,640,957 votes)to 45 percent (2,362,235 votes) for Mandel.

Presidential results

By contrast, President Barack Obama, who won re-election by carrying Ohio and the other battleground states, received 50.1 percent (2,672,302 votes) to 48.2 percent (2,571,539 votes) for Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Brown made reference to the Republican Party’s assault on the middle class in a statement after the results of his race were posted.

“Today in Ohio, in the middle of America, the middle class won,” he said — through his wife, Connie. The senator had lost his voice by the end of the grueling campaign.

“This race was never really about me or my opponent,” he said. “It was about a veteran in Columbus, the waitress in Waverly, the steelworker in Yorkville, the auto parts worker in Toledo, the small businessman in Marietta, and the farmer in Waldo. And it was about their families and neighbors.”

Mandel’s attempt to portray the senator as a flaming liberal who is out of touch with the people of Ohio was not only foolish but politically dumb.

Brown has never shied away from his liberal roots, but his record demonstrates a commitment to working on behalf all Ohioans, be they liberals, conservatives or moderates.

The voters have rewarded him for his hard work with a second term.


1NoBS(2836 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Karl Rove injected $40 MILLION into Mandel's campaign? We need campaign reform, and we need it NOW!!!

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2redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

NoBS What we need is a spending cap. If they are running for an office,they take the yearly salary X number of years for that term equals total amount that can spend ( ex $ 110,000.00 X 4 yrs.= $ 440,000. ). If they go over the amount they are thrown out of the race. This should go from the prseident on down. Could you image how nice that would be, no ads on TV every 5 seconds. Then we the people would get to see who is the most frugal with that money. Who knows maybe they would learn how to control spending our Gov't money also.

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3fd6636(289 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Why would some one who is a MILLIONARE ( McMan) want to infuse 10 million dollars into a campaign that will pay her 150-200 thousand a year?? REPUBLICAN GREED!!!.

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4fd6636(289 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

A crushing, mind blowing defeat for the republijerk machine. The radical tea party has suffered non- repairable damages to themselves and their causes due to their arrogrant socialist stances. If we learned anything in this never seen before beat down of the republican machine is this: The republicans and their party could not buy this election apperently for all the money in the world. end of story. There are more middle class working smucks in this country than rich, and all the money in the world can't compare to a vote!!! Republicans and their like thinking counterparts, realize this: You cant think that you are above the masses, doesen't matter how much money you have, treat the majority like second class citizens, and you loose. I believe that the middle class now holds all the cards and the republijerks better start kissin some ordinary working person booty, soon, if ya wanna have any power in this country!! I've never seen anything like this in my life!!! Elitests, self absorbed bastards that is the republican party. Thanks gov. Kasich! Your nazi type attempted rule in Ohio cost Mittster the election! SB5 will have lasting effects until the last person living that you tried to screw dies! Ohio in 2 years will never be red again!! PS: I hope Mark Monroe now wipes that smug arrogrant BS smile off of his face. At least play the part of a defeated looser, and give me some enjoyment. Oh wait, I've been enjoying myself since tues. night. I hope this has been a lesson learned by the wealthy who think they can impose with cash and power. God bless, FD 6636.

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5VindyPost(436 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

fd6636, .....post #3

That's right ....loud and crystal clear!

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6redeye1(5673 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Fd6636 The same thing can be said about the presidental election. Why would someone spend a half BILLION dollars to get a job that only pays 400 grand per yr. That seems to be a helleva of lot more DEMOCRATIC GREED if you ask me.

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7DSquared(1788 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

They spend millions on an election for the same reasons that the Kennedys, Kerrys and Cuomos do.

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