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