by German Lopez
Senatorial candidate fails to give answer to important economic issue
Josh Mandel avoided directly answering a question about
the auto bailout for five straight minutes during a recent meeting with the
Youngstown Vindicator editorial board.
In a video released today by Democrats, Mandel, the Republican opponent to
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown for Ohio's U.S. senate seat, says he would
have “trouble” voting in favor of the federal bailout of Chrysler and General Motors. He cites the case of
Delphi workers, who lost part of their pensions as part of the deal auto companies made with workers after the federal bailout.
But Mandel, who is also Ohio's treasurer, refused to give a straight answer on whether he would vote for or against the bailout. After five minutes of phrasing the question in different ways, the Vindicator editorial board gave up in clear
Mandel had a similar encounter with a WDTN reporter in August. In that encounter, Mandel refused to give a straight answer to the same question. After the reporter pressed the question, Mandel smiled and quipped, “Great seeing you.”But the dodgy encounters are not Mandel's only problem with the media. Media outlets, including CityBeat, have also criticized Mandel for his dishonest campaign tactics. Cleveland's The Plain Dealer gave Mandel the “Pants on Fire” crown for Mandel's consistently poor scoring on PolitiFact Ohio.Mandel is currently down in aggregate polling by 4.8 points.The video of Mandel dodging the Vindicator editorial board's questions can be seen here: