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Club For Growth Backs Mandel

June 28, 2011

Another day, another endorsement for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

I wrote on Monday that it had been a good couple of days for Mandel: his biggest primary competitor, former Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, had dropped out of the race; and then Mandel scooped up Sen. Jim DeMint's, R-S.C., first endorsement of the cycle.

And Tuesday, Mandel got another feather in his endorsement cap: the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.

"The Club for Growth PAC proudly endorses Josh Mandel for the United States Senate," said Club President Chris Chocola in a release. "Josh Mandel represents a bright future for Ohio and will be a pro-growth star if elected. Sherrod Brown has been a disaster for Ohio. Brown voted for the Stimulus, ObamaCare, and for the Wall Street bailout. Sherrod Brown's anti-growth agenda has killed jobs and hurt Ohio. We believe Club Members will do everything they can to help Josh Mandel win election as Ohio's next Senator."

When asked about the timing of the endorsement, Club spokesman Barney Keller, would only say, "We are excited to endorse Josh Mandel. We think he's an excellent candidate, and our PAC is looking forward to doing everything it can to make sure he's elected as Ohio's next senator."

Democrats, meanwhile, used the opportunity to go after Mandel, something they have been doing a lot of so far this year.

"Josh Mandel has campaigned for Senate on the backs of Ohio taxpayers while neglecting his job as Treasurer," said Ohio Democratic Party spokesperson Justin Barasky in a statement in response to the latest endorsement. "His consistent belief that the rules don't apply to him and his lack of accountability on numerous pressing issues proves there's only one job in Ohio that he cares about -- his own."

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