Mandel says he was GOP's 7th choice to challenge Sherrod Brown

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He said the state party's preferred candidate had been Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), who refused to run. They also asked Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who lost to Brown in 2006, Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R), Secretary of State Jon Husted (R), and former Rep. Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) before settling on Mandel.