Josh Mandel: Jewish Marine, GOP anti-J Street Candidate in Ohio US Senate Race
Cleveland native and fellow Zionist, Fred Taub of Boycott Watch, has been talking up the candidacy of Josh Mandel, Ohio State Treasurer and GOP candidate for the US Senate seat held by incumbent liberal Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown. Mandel's presence in this race is important for a number of reasons. As a serving member of the US Marines during the War conflict Mandel's candidacy is a hopeful sign that his US military comrades have entered public service. As a grandson of Holocaust surviors and a Veteran of WWII Mandel demonstrates koach, courage in Hebrew, to make a reasoned stand defending America's special ally Israel. As the incumbent State Treasurer in a battleground state with a lower than national unemployment rate, Ohio, he is a valued member of Gov. John Kasich's effective team. For those Jewish and Christian Zionist supporters, Mandel's candidacy has captured more than casual interest. As noted in this Wall Street Journal Main Street column published today, "Ohio's Jewish Marine and the New GOP" by William McGurn, Mandel's Democrat opponent for the US Senate post, incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, besides being voted twice by the National Journal as the most liberal member of Congress, is endorsed and funded in part by contributions from J Street. Author McGurn notes:
Then there's [Brown's] alliance with J Street, a left-wing lobbying group that also claims to be pro-Israel even while promoting positions that treat Israel as the cause of the Middl East's problems. Brown is one of the very few politicians in Washington to have accepted J Street's endorsement, and the J Street 's endorsement, and JStreetPAC has more than returned the favor. According to Open Secrets.org from 2007 to 2012 2012 it was Brown's campaign's largest contributor.
Note what Mandel says about J Street:
"I believe J Street is targeting me for defeat because they don't want a senator from Ohio with the clarity and personal experience I bring," says Mr. Mandel.
Mandel is cut from a new generation of Jewish members of the GOP who have achieved national prominence, especially US House of Representatives majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA). Both Mandel and Cantor share something in common. They are both observant Jews. Cantor is Conservative, while Mandel is Orthodox. In Mandel's case that is not lost on the significant Orthodox Jewish community in Cleveland's suburbs.
Mandel might catch the favor of Z Street and perhaps the National Conference of Jewish Affairs. He already has the endorsement of the partisan Republican Jewish Coalition and the conservative Club for Growth. If Mandel swings fellow Jews in Ohio into the GOP Republican column on November Sixth in this battleground state that could deepen the trend of Jewish voters expressing a disaffected opinion about voting for a second term for President Obama. As one Jewish voter, cited in author McGurn's piece, said:
"When the stakes are this high , I don't think you have to feel guilty about voting Republican".
Rabbi Jonathan Hausman and his lawyer writer brother Matthew, might smile and probably say: "what took you so long to wake up". After all they are fourth generation GOP Jewish Americans. Like Mandel, their late father fought for his country in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII earning two Silver Stars and a Bronze for exemplary courage.
Kol Hakavod to Josh Mandel. May he be propelled to victory in November by fellow Jews in Ohio and Christian Zionists who know that Democrat Sherrod Brown does not share the view that the Jewish State of Israel has a long term 'special relationship with America'.
This is an extremly conservative slanted biased news piece. Josh Mandel is one of the worst state treasures the state has ever had. As state treasurer his main duty is to control the state budget review board. He missed 17 straight monthly meetings of the board which he controls. He was seen (during two of those meetings) speaking at 1000$ a plate campaign dinners in Washington. He is NOT endorsed by all three major newspapers in the state: The Columbus Dispatch, The Cleaveland Plain Dealer, and the The Cincinnati Enquirer. I find it disgusting how clearly ignorant this article is to facts. Mandel has also previously made donations to J Street.