Today's Least Surprising Story: Mandel Blows Off Meeting #14

Josh "The Empty Suit" Mandel's interest in his elected job as treasurer could not be more glaringly nonexistent. He came into office a year ago with no qualifications for the job, promising he would stay on for four years and be a darned good treasurer. That goal has long since receded since fundraising for his Senate race doesn't leave him any time to accomplish it.

It's almost like he's thumbing his nose at the taxpayers who pay his salary. Even though Democrats fired off warning yesterday that they were watching to see if he made today's Board of Deposit meeting — where officials talk about how state money is invested — he missed his 14th in a row since taking office. He hasn't attended a single one. You would think a guy so unschooled in how the office works would go to a couple just to see what was going on. Not Josh.

But then, if he couldn't be shamed into attending last month's, after it was discovered he intended to go to a fundraiser in D.C. instead, I don't know why he would feel guilty abut missing this one. He just doesn't care. He acts like he thinks he's above the bad publicity.

Like this:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2012/01/26/Ohio-treasurer-continues-...

and this:

http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2012/jan/14/ohio-treasurer-focused-politics-1...

and this:

http://www.dispatchpolitics.com/content/blogs/the-daily-briefing/2012/02...

and this:

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/034ae5612bfe402e8169e7beda5df457/O...

and this:

http://www.cantonrep.com/newsnow/x690034312/Ohio-treasurer-a-no-show-at-...

You get the idea. At this point, Mandel's arrogance and mocking disregard for the public have almost exceeded his political ambition — and that is really saying something. Someone concerned with at least appearing to care about his elected office would have decided to drop in on today's meeting after getting such a flurry of bad press last month. But we are not his constituency, his rich donors are. And apparently he's decided that his donors can just buy him any office he wants — the rest of us be damned.

Ohio, do you really want to vote for a guy who will occupy an office intended to be your voice in D.C. — but he has no intention of representing you?

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