Josh Mandel In Zanesville

by WHIZ Reporter on August 29, 2012 at 6:24 am

The race for the United States Senate made a stop in the Y-Bridge City Wednesday.

State Treasurer and Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Josh Mandel stopped by the WHIZ Studios to discuss his campaign and what he’ll do if elected.

Mandel blames partisan politics for the gridlock in congress and said if elected he will not be pushed around.

"I’ll look that political boss in the eye, I’ll look that lobbyist in the eye and tell them, I don’t work for them," said Mandel.  "My boss is the 11.5 million people in the state of Ohio.  No one in Washington is going to push me around, because I’ve been through tougher stuff than this."

Mandel spoke about tightening budgets in the Ohio Treasurers office and generating a $1.6 million surplus in the 2012 fiscal year.

He also said responsible and aggressive drilling for oil in the state would help tame the wild fuel prices.

"I see the natural resources here as blessings," said Mandel.  "They’re assets, and I believe we should maximize them for new jobs in Muskingum County, we should maximize them for affordable energy, bringing down the cost of gassing up or cars and trucks at the pump, and and also bringing down the cost of heating our homes during the winter or heating manufacturing companies."

Mandel said he and incumbent, Democrat Sherrod Brown are now tied in the polls.