Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) launched the first television ad of his campaign to unseat Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Wednesday, drawing heavily on his military background as he works to introduce himself to Ohio voters.
Mandel’s campaign said the ad would air statewide on broadcast and cable for “an extended period of time," but did not disclose the size of the buy. A source said Mandel's campaign had reserved about $540,000 in airtime in Ohio markets starting Wednesday and Thursday.
“Grandson of a soldier and a blue-collar laborer, Josh Mandel served two tours in Iraq and came home to protect our tax dollars,” says the narrator in the ad. “Now Washington is broken and needs new leaders, and this Marine is ready to answer the call.”
The 30-second spot shows Mandel lacing up his boots, as if preparing for battle.
Mandel, a fresh-faced former state lawmaker and first-term treasurer, has attracted the attention of major Republican figures, including Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and Sens. Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Jim DeMint (S.C.), whose Senate Conservatives Fund is also backing Mandel. McCain and Christie traveled to Ohio on Monday to campaign for Mandel.