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Josh Mandel and the Future of the GOP

Wednesday, October 29, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Victor Davis Hanson among others has noted that the returning veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan will change the face of American politics over the next decade.

Josh Mandel is one of those veterans.

When Josh graduated from Ohio State in 1999 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. (He had been president of the student body at OSU.) He attended law school at Case Western Reserve while in the reserves and has served two tours in Iraq, both in Anbar province.

Josh is also a member of the Ohio Assembly. He’s also Jewish, the grandson of Holocaust survivors. And having had lunch with him today, I can assure you that he is one very smart, charismatic great American.

So, what did his left wing opponent do? Attack Mandel for being “AWOL” from his job in the Assembly –because Mandel had returned to duty in Iraq. I hope Democrats around the country join us in condemning such a slur on a great American.

Mandel’s district is heavily Democratic so he needs support in the run-up to next week’s election. You can contribute $10 (or up to $10,000 under Ohio law) here, and even USC fans ought to do so.

Salute and support a genuine citizen soldier, er, Marine, and help get Ohio Republicans to the polls at the same time. I’ll have Mandel on the program in the first hour today. Be sure to listen.

And did I mention that Mandel is a Browns, Indians and Cavs fan in addition to a proud Buckeye alum?

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