One race drawing attention is state treasurer Josh Mandel’s attempt to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D). Brown is one of the most liberal members of Congress, ranked alongside uber-liberals like Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), according to National Journal [Feb. 28, 2011].
In an unusual turn, the FBI is actually looking at some of Mandel's donors as the race progresses.
In November, 2011, it looked like Brown had no worries. Polls showed him ahead by double digits.
As Americans learned what was in the ObamaCare bill Brown enthusiastically helped shove through the side door via questionable methods, Ohio voters apparently began to take a closer look at the senator who basically told Americans the Bible talks about poverty, he’s a Lutheran and that’s basically why reform of government unions is something he does not believe in.
As an aside, I confess I’ve heard some of the same type of Leftist babble from some Lutheran clergymen.
By mid-May, Mandel had come within 6 points of Brown, and Democrats took note for obvious reasons. Brown probably didn’t even anticipate having to defend his seat very vigorously—voters have repeatedly returned him to Washington since 1993 when he began his federal career in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Enter Josh Mandel, a charismatic veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Easy on the eyes and youthful, Mandel is often described as a rising star in the GOP.
Now the FBI is looking at some individual donations to Mandel. The Toledo Blade is generally credited with spurring the investigation. How did the newspaper get interested in those donors in the first place?
Brown knows some wealthy donors because according to Open Secrets, he’s received $5,616,058 in “Large Individual Contributions”—about half the total contributions from individuals in the last 5 years. The top industry donating to Brown? Lawyers and law firms—typical for a Leftwing Dem. Will the FBI give Brown’s donors a go-over?
The FBI is also looking at another Republican candidate in Ohio, U.S. Rep. James Renacci, for the same reasons. That’s one too many coincidences for some political observers.
The campaigns aren’t part of any wrongdoing, by the way. They can just return the money. Consider the outcome of all those strange donations the Obama campaign ended up with in 2008.
Brown is obviously worried about the seat he may have assumed was his to take.
Meanwhile Mandel continues to wage a political battle in the swing state of Ohio. Battles are nothing new to Mandel. Here’s a lift from this veteran’s bio:
“Inspired by a strong sense of duty to country, Treasurer Mandel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves in 2000, where he graduated first in his class from Marine Corps Boot Camp and first in his class from Marine Corps Intelligence School. His Marine Corps career spanned eight years, including two tours in Anbar Province, Iraq. During both tours he was awarded the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal for "superior performance of his duties."
The Mandel team might want to start poking around in those individual donors to the Leftwing incumbent. Turnabout, after all, is fair play, and Democrats have set a precedent.
Even the Dem-friendly Washington Post had to admit something about the Obama campaign:
“The Obama campaign did not disclose nearly $2 million in donations ahead of the 2008 elections, according to an audit by the Federal Election Commission released Thursday” [April 19, 2012].
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/May 23, 2012)