News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Greater Akron Chamber

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Politics




McCain helps Mandel raise more money for Ohio Senate run
Columbus appearance is followed by one with Chris Christie in a Cleveland suburb in which photos with the New Jersey governor cost $10,000
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER
This story is part of a special series.


Reporter
Karen Kasler
 
Josh Mandel says John McCain's ensorsement of him is an endorsement of future leadership.
Courtesy of Karen Kasler
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:

Since Josh Mandel won the Republican primary for US Senate in March, the Republican state treasurer has brought in some top names in GOP politics. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler talked with the latest big gun he brought in – a man who gets a lot of respect, but also a lot of criticism, from Republican voters

(Click image for larger view.)

U.S. Sen. John McCain spoke for only about 10 minutes, but clearly was the star of Josh Mandel’s first appearance Monday at a VFW hall in Hilliard west of Columbus.  Mandel, who was elected state treasurer last year, is challenging U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. And he said he welcomes the endorsement of the ex-prisoner of war and 2008 candidate for president, now in his fifth term in the Senate. 

“I called him to be here because I think this campaign is all about the past versus the future. I think this campaign is about leaving a strong America in the hands of the kids and the grandkids of our country.”

A relative newcomer
Mandel is 34 and has only been in elected office since 2003, when he was a city councilman in Lyndhurst near Cleveland. He was elected to the Legislature in 2006, and became treasurer in 2010. But Mandel’s relative inexperience in politics doesn’t seem to concern McCain. 

“I think he’s highly qualified, and therefore some of us who are maybe not at the beginning of our careers, shall we say, want to do everything we can to elect a new generation.

Qualified support
But some Republican voters have concerns not so much about Mandel, but about McCain. For years – even when he was running for president – he’s been blasted by some GOP pundits as being too moderate and too willing to deal with Democrats.

Ed Rothacker of Hilliard is a Vietnam vet who runs a charity at this VFW, providing music lessons to kids of active duty military families. He describes McCain as “a kind of ‘crossing the aisle’ kind of guy.”

Still, he says Mandel securing McCain’s support is a big deal.  “That doesn’t mean it’s a rubber stamp – everybody’s still their own person. And you know, we’ll see what Mandel can do.”

Vet first
Veteran Tim Savaglio drove up from Butler County to hear McCain speak. “Sen. McCain has the respect of veterans – he always has. He rises above any other complaints people may have. He, his stature as a veteran rises above everything else.”

Ex-Marine Sarah Plummer is a yoga instructor and a motivational speaker, and new to Ohio. She says she doesn’t know much about Mandel, but McCain’s reputation as a dealmaker and a moderate is a positive for her. 
“I’m not as hardline conservative on the Republican side, so to me, this was a good partnership here and one I was excited to see.”

Joining Christie in Cleveland 
Mandel and McCain left the VFW event for a fundraiser in Columbus – and it wasn’t Mandel’s last fundraiser of the day.  

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – a rising GOP star who also is a favorite of Tea Party voters – was the headliner at a northeast Ohio fundraiser later.

That didn’t go unnoticed by the campaign of incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown. A spokesman wrote, “Josh Mandel can ignore his job and throw as many VIP fundraisers as he wants.” The spokesman blasted Mandel for his policies on tax cuts and the economy and for recent stories about Mandel hiring friends and campaign aids with little experience to run the treasurer’s office.

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook





Stories with Recent Comments

Columbus groups are trying to pass a Bill of Rights to combat fracking
Its about time we make a stand against the criminal actions of an entire Indsutry.

Crystal Ball says Ohio governor's race is done
How much is the Kasich campaign paying you to keep repeating the phrase "woman who is not his wife"? Fitzgerald was in the car with a friend who happens to be f...

Plane that crashed killing Case students is a popular training aircraft
The following is incorrect. The last few words should read "UNDER maximum gross take-off weight." “They have a normal take-off speed and all those take-off...

Exploradio: The never-ending war against superbugs
Super Federico ,we are so proud of you ,and very lucky to be among your friends . Keep it up human kind needs people like you to survive .Thanks for being so d...

Ohio's Lyme disease-carrying tick population is exploding
Interesting report. The last sentence needs some editing. It isn't a good idea to "save garments carrying ticks for analysis." The garments carrying t...

Teach for America enters third year in Ohio
For more background on TFA, check out http://reconsideringtfa.wordpress.com/

Faith leaders hold week-long prayer vigil at Ohio Statehouse
I think this is the wrong link to the audio. Its Andy Chow about cigarette taxes.

A $30 million plan to turn Cleveland's Public Square from gray to green
The current plan is for the Land Bank, RTA, and Mr. Jeremy Paris to run a bus line through the new Public Square and cutting the park in half. Save Public Squar...

Medina County residents question safety of proposed natural gas pipeline
I'm very concerned about this nexus project. I've received mail requesting my permission to allow the company to survey my property. I don't understand how thi...

A small group of tea party and Democrats protest at Kasich campaign stop
Enjoyed your excellent coverage of the statehouse for sometime now, never dreamed I'd be on. The feedback from people has been great. Thank you. Doris Adams

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University