Josh Mandel continues to push the frontier of campaign cynicism. His latest ad in the U.S. Senate race accuses Sherrod Brown of failing to show up for work on Capitol Hill, missing “over 350 official votes.”
This is like arguing Brown hasn’t been tough enough against China. Oh, yeah, Mandel already has done that. Actually, the senator has a strong attendance record, 97 percent during his 19 years in Congress. Those missed votes? They mostly came as Brown recovered from severe injuries in a car accident and later caring for his dying mother.
Why would Mandel make such a charge?
Well, he has a real attendance problem. He oversees the state Board of Deposit, yet he failed to attend the first 14 meetings after becoming the state treasurer in January 2011.