Se­nate hopeful: Keep GOP fo­cus on ‘jobs, jobs, jobs’

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

COLUM­BUS | Ohio Trea­surer Josh Man­del says that as a U.S. se­na­tor he would fo­cus on “jobs, jobs, jobs” and fight any at­tempts by the Re­pub­li­can es­tab­lish­ment to make so­cial is­sues a dis­trac­tion.

The 33-year-old can­di­date said dur­ing an As­so­ci­ated Press in­ter­view Wed­nes­day that ev­ery elected leader — pres­i­dent “or dog catcher” — should be fo­cused on the econ­omy.

Dubbed an “ab­sen­tee trea­surer” by his crit­ics, Mr. Man­del said he has im­proved the fi­nan­cial per­for­mance of Ohio’s trea­sury depart­ment while trim­ming its bud­get. He also has missed ev­ery meet­ing of the pow­er­ful Board of De­posit that he chairs.

Mr. Man­del is fa­vored to win a sixway GOP pri­mary Tues­day. The win­ner will face U.S. Sen. Sher­rod Brown, a Demo­crat, in Novem­ber. lent his sup­port to the Stache Act, which calls for a tax de­duc­tion of up to $250 a year for fa­cial hair groom­ing.

But Mr. Bartlett’s of­fice said he never sup­ported the mea­sure. Staffers said Wed­nes­day that they only for­warded a copy of the pro­posal to the House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee, with­out the con­gress­man’s knowl­edge, af­ter re­ceiv­ing a me­dia in­quiry about it. That led the in­sti­tute to be­lieve Mr. Bartlett, who has long had a mus­tache, sup­ported the mea­sure.

“For the record: Roscoe is prostache, but he does not be­lieve Amer­i­cans should pay for peo­ple’s per­sonal groom­ing de­ci­sions,” Mr. Bartlett’s chief of staff, Deb­o­rah Bur­rell, said in a state­ment.

So far, no other rep­re­sen­ta­tives have sup­ported the mus­tache pro­posal.

At least one of Mr. Bartlett’s Re­pub­li­can pri­mary op­po­nents is crit­i­ciz­ing him over the fa­cial hair flap. The long­time in­cum­bent faces sev­eral chal­lengers in the 6th Dis­trict, which was re­drawn to in­clude more Demo­cratic vot­ers.

The Amer­i­can Mus­tache In­sti­tute, mean­while, is­sued a state­ment fault­ing the Bartlett camp for what it called a “shame­ful re­ver­sal.”

“We are highly dis­ap­pointed by their re­ver­sal based on the fact that the con­gress­man’s op­po­nents in the race are jump­ing on the band­wagon

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