This is the man who wants to be your Senator, Ohio.

He’s been your Treasurer for the last 14 months or so. You can be forgiven if you don’t realize that, since he’s almost never been in Columbus to do his job. Nope, Josho the Clown is usually someplace like Miami, or one of the Caribbean resort getaways, doing his song and dance routine for wealthy donors.

That’s bad, to be sure-but it might not be AS bad if Josho has competent people around him. My personal philosophy as a supervisor was that things ought to run just as well if I wasn’t there as they ran if I was there. I hired people according to that philosophy, and I had some great people working with me. I was confident in their abilities if a situation came up where I had to be gone.

Josho the Clown doesn’t see things quite the same way, as we are learning. But I think that what we are seeing here is human nature at work, rather than any deliberate corrupt practices. A competent manager usually has competent underlings, while an idiot feels better about himself if he surrounds himself with those of his kind.

You have to wonder who is stealing money from Ohio right now, and how much they’re getting away with. It’s a certainty that Josho isn’t going to know, and the people under him?

Like I said before…. an idiot likes to feel comfortable in the workplace.


Republican Josh Mandel hired young, relatively inexperienced staffers from his 2010 campaign and gave them high-ranking jobs in the state treasurer’s office, a Dayton Daily News examination found.

It’s fairly common for newly elected office holders to hire people they know, but Mandel’s hires stand out because of the strong stance the then state representative took against incumbent Democrat Kevin Boyce’s hiring practices during the heated 2010 race for treasurer.

Mandel repeatedly criticized Boyce for appointing politically connected people into key slots, and pledged to operate differently if elected to the office that oversees billions of dollars in investments and bond deals.

“Unlike the current officeholder, I will ensure that my staff is comprised of qualified financial professionals — rather than political cronies and friends — and that investment decisions are based on what is best for Ohioans,” Mandel said in October 2010 during his first statewide election.

Mandel trounced Boyce in the election 55-41 percent. Shortly after being sworn in to a four-year term as treasurer, he began campaigning to unseat incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown.

To see if Mandel was fulfilling his pledge not to hire political friends the Daily News reviewed personnel files and other records from the treasurer’s office. The review showed that Mandel put qualified, experienced staff members in some top positions, but also hired six campaign workers whose average age is 26 and assigned them duties ranging from debt management to policy-advising to community outreach.

Mandel, who is 34, picked as his new senior policy advisor 27-year-old Michael Lord, who was his campaign manager and, prior to that, legislative aide. Lord, who also served as a paid political consultant, earned $13.95 an hour as Mandel’s aide during his stint in the legislature. His new position has a salary of $100,000.

“It’s really difficult for our officeholders not to feel beholden to those that surrounded them in the campaign, but they have a responsibility to hire the most qualified people,” said Catherine Turcer of Ohio Citizen Action, a nonpartisan good-government watchdog group. She added: “Josh Mandel had a responsibility to hire the most capable applicants, not the most politically connected ones.”

Overall, the treasurer’s office has 123 employees, down from 138 during the Boyce administration, according to the state Department of Administration. The 10.9 percent reduction in staff is a bigger drop than state government employment overall, which declined 7 percent over the same period.

However, Mandel’s overall budget climbed to $41 million for fiscal year 2012, up from $38.3 million in fiscal year 2011 and $38.98 million in fiscal year 2010, according to the Legislative Service Commission.


He needs that extra money for all the clown shoes, and the hotel rooms he and his cronies are enjoying. Plus…. he needs face paint, and then he needs face paint remover, and he needs suntan lotion, and…. it gets expensive after awhile, you know.

I knew back in 2010 that this guy is an idiot. But Ohio Rushpubliscum voters, idiots almost to a man or woman…. THEY felt more comfortable installing one of THEIR own kind, didn’t they? Unfortunately, Ohio taxpayers are quite liable to be a lot less comfortable, once the damage this clown is probably doing becomes known.

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