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Mandel doubles down on military cred in new Senate ad in Ohio

Mandel's previous ad, titled "Boots," also highlights his two tours in Iraq and his family legacy in the military. The 30-second spot shows Mandel lacing up his boots as if preparing for battle.

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Mandel’s ad makes no mention of his work as treasurer, a fact that Brown’s campaign has said stems from a failed record in state office that Mandel can’t persuasively run on. Mandel has come under scrutiny for failing to attend state deposit board meetings and for appointing inexperienced campaign staffers to high-level and well-paid positions in in the treasurer’s office.

“When I get to Washington, these folks are not going to push me around,” Mandel wrote Tuesday in a fundraising pitch to supporters. “Not Republican bosses who want to spend too much, not Democrat bosses who oppose American energy independence, not the lobbyists who want to keep our punitive tax code the same, and not the media elite who spread cynicism about any new idea.”