The Boyce Bandit
The Ohio Democrat Party and appointed Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce are getting nervous. Not only has there been two awful stories about Boyce (here and here), but as unemployment in Ohio skyrockets well over 11%, the political winds against Democrats are starting to change.
They are especially worried about rising conservative star Josh Mandel, who posted “eye-popping” fundraising numbers against an incumbent who, if competent, would have raised far more from bankers and other interested parties:
Republican state Treasurer candidate Josh Mandel will report having about $1.3 million in cash on hand when his campaign finance reports for 2009 are released this afternoon.
The former Marine who served two combat tours in Iraq had roughly $460,000 in the bank coming into this year, and spent about $145,000 during the first six months of the year.
“We raised just under a million,” said Mandel, a state representative from Lyndhurst. “What I’m most proud of is that we have donations from almost half of the counties in Ohio, which shows our broad base of support.”
The eye-popping total for a downticket race will be raising the eyebrows of political insiders as Mandel has opened up a sizable fundraising edge over current state Treasurer Kevin Boyce. The Columbus Democrat has already reported having just a shade under $500,000 in his finance report already filed with state elections officials. The reports cover the first six months of 2009.
The Democrats are so scared of Mandel that they are sending their staffers out to follow Josh around at every campaign event, hoping to catch him in some “macaca” moment. I followed the guy today who they threw out of the Grandview Republican GOP Club Picnic while Rep. Mandel was speaking.
Do you know his name? As he said, he probably is an ODP staffer. But unlike the illegal coordination between Mr. and Mrs. Chris Redfern’s lobbying efforts, it wouldn’t hardly be illegal for the Boyce Bandit to be in communications with Team Boyce:
Rep. Mandel should know that it is a good sign when they send their staffers out over weekends they would otherwise have off to video tape him.
But my question I ask of you, my loyal readers, is: Am I allowed to criticize Treasurer Boyce? I have so much more to say about him, but I’ve already received emails calling me a raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccciiiiiist. In addition, instead of being open to an interview with me (which would be very much in the fashion in which I interviewed AG Rich Cordray), Boyce’s spokesbabe Jen House won’t return my email and blocked me on Twitter.
Therefore, I am officially accepting resumes for one co-blogger to write for RightOhio.com. He or she must conservative and officially black enough to criticize Treasurer Boyce, a black liberal. Please send applications to . Thank you.