Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race

Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race
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Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) jumped into the Senate race to replace outgoing Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanKellyanne Conway joins Ohio Senate candidate's campaign OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate confirms Mallory to lead White House environment council | US emissions dropped 1.7 percent in 2019 | Interior further delays Trump rule that would make drillers pay less to feds Senate confirms Biden's pick to lead White House environmental council MORE (R-Ohio) Wednesday.

The announcement from Mandel, who served two terms in the Ohio state government and two tours as a Marine in Iraq, marks the third time he will run for the Senate. Mandel cast himself as a candidate in former President TrumpDonald TrumpDC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is Biden on refugee cap: 'We couldn't do two things at once' Taylor Greene defends 'America First' effort, pushes back on critics MORE’s mold and stated he was motivated to run for the upper chamber in part due to the ongoing impeachment trial against the former president.

“Watching this sham and unconstitutional impeachment has made my blood boil and motivated me to run for U.S. Senate. It’s sickening to see radical liberals and fake Republicans in Washington engage in this second assault on President Donald Trump and the millions of us who supported him,” he said in a statement Wednesday.


“I’m going to Washington to fight for President Trump’s America First Agenda and to pulverize the Uniparty – that cabal of Democrats and Republicans who sound the same, stand for nothing and are more interested in cocktail party invites than defending the Constitution," he added.

Mandel’s campaign emphasized his pro-Trump bona fides by noting in the announcement that he was the first statewide official in Ohio to back Trump’s 2016 White House bid and that he raised $500,000 for him in 2020.

His campaign said Mandel is a conservative “fighter” and will build on the “momentum” of the previous administration. 

“Today, I’ve heard loud and clear from my fellow Ohioans that we need a warrior that won’t quiver in their boots when it comes to standing up for conservative values,” he said. “We need a fighter in the Senate who will fight to build the wall, combat China’s economic cheating and advance conservative policies that gave us the greatest economy in American history. We need to keep our foot on the gas and build off the momentum of the Trump presidency.” 

Mandel first ran for the Senate in 2012, losing to Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod Campbell BrownWorld passes 3 million coronavirus deaths Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Big bank CEOS to testify before Congress in May MORE (D) by 6 points. He ran against Brown again in 2018 but cut his campaign short after his then-wife experienced unspecified health issues.

The race to replace Portman is expected to attract several candidates from both parties. Among the Republicans mulling runs are former Ohio Republican Party Chairwoman Jane Timken and Reps. Bill JohnsonWilliam (Bill) Leslie JohnsonSix ways to visualize a divided America Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel jumps into Senate race READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE, Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupIntelligence leaders face sharp questions during House worldwide threats hearing The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Lawmakers say manufacturers are in better position to handle future pandemics MORE, Steve StiversSteven (Steve) Ernst StiversFormer Ohio health director won't run for Senate Ohio Democrat Danny O'Connor won't seek Portman's Senate seat Meeting between Trump, Ohio Senate candidates turns tense: report MORE and Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerOvernight Defense: Biden makes his Afghanistan decision Biden defense budget criticized by Republicans, progressives alike Cleveland businessman jumps into Ohio Senate race: Trump 'victories' need to be protected MORE. Reps. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanBusinessman Mike Gibbons jumps into GOP Senate race in Ohio Biden's gun control push poses danger for midterms Trump faces test of power with early endorsements MORE and Joyce BeattyJoyce Birdson BeattyDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Biden's DOJ civil rights nominee faces sharp GOP criticism Congressional Black Caucus members post selfie celebrating first WH visit in four years MORE, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and former state health director Amy Acton are potential candidates for the Democrats. 

Ohio, historically a battleground state, has trended hard toward Republicans in recent years. While former President Obama won the state twice, Ohio then flipped for Trump by wide margins in 2016 and 2020. Brown is the only Democrat to currently hold statewide office there.