Republican Josh Mandel isn’t ready to write off his political future after his unsuccessful challenge to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown last fall in one of the most bitter, closely-watched and expensive elections in the country.
Mandel confirmed this week that he plans to seek re-election as Ohio treasurer next year.
“Obviously it’s impossible to predict the future, but you know, I think the best course forward for me is just do a good job as state treasurer, which I believe we have been doing and I’ll continue to do,” Mandel said Thursday during a legislative preview session for journalists organized by The Associated Press.
Asked to reflect on the rancorous campaign and its potentially damaging effect on his political ambitions, Mandel rattled off a few Ohio politicians who he said bounced back after their “political obituaries” were written. He noted that George Voinovich had a double-digit loss in a 1988 Senate race before becoming governor and later U.S. senator.
Mandel said he’s glad voters will decide whether he’s re-elected treasurer, not politicians like the state party leaders.