Rising GOP star under attack

We have written about Ohio state representative Josh Mandel before at American Thinker  He is a young GOP "star" who also served two tours of duty in Iraq as a US marine.

Now his service (and possibly his Jewish heritage) is being used against him by his Democratic opponent in this, Mandel's latest tough battle. After winning his first election he was asked to voluntarily  return to Iraq to serve his nation. He chose to do so. Despite his tour in Iraq he was able to accomplish much as a state representative. His legislative accomplishment included leading the way in a successful fight to force Ohio's multi-billion dollar pension funds to divest from companies doing energy-related business in Iran and Sudan.

We have journalist Joel Mowbray to thank for informing us about Mandel and now Joel is back with an update at Townhall about Mandel's latest fight: this time not in Iraq but in his own district.

Now his  Democratic opponent, Bob Belovich, is using his military service against Mandel-accusing him of fighting "George Bush's War". Belovich's wife accuses Mandel of being AWOL: fighting instead of serving his constituents.  Mandel's Jewish heritage has also been brought up by Belovich (captured on a You Tube video)

As heard in the recording, Bob Belovich then added that Mandel won in 2006 in part because of his “blue sign” and “Jewish name.” Asked recently by this columnist what he meant by the comment, Belovich stated that many people think Mandel is a Democrat, including some who think so because Mr. Mandel is Jewish. Belovich, who is Catholic, then spent five minutes discussing the implications of Mr. Mandel being Jewish. (The district’s Catholic population is three to four times bigger than its Jewish one.)

“To some Jewish voters, they would be attracted to him because he’s Jewish. To other Jewish voters, they wouldn’t support him because of his stance on the issues.” Questioned as to whether he was speaking of Jews generally or Jewish Democrats specifically, Mr. Belovich responded that he was referencing Jewish voters overall. This apparently rules out the possibility of Jews supporting Mr. Mandel because of his policy positions or legislative achievements

Mandel also faces a tough race because of the efforts of the Ohio Democratic Party to target him.

Joel Mowbray writes:
Ohio Democrats targeted him from the beginning, because at just 31 years old, he is seen as a top up-and-comer. Progressive Majority, a moveon.org-affiliated political action committee that focuses on local races, has made defeating Mr. Mandel a top priority. Then there’s the Obama effect. ACORN activists have blanketed the area, and every liberal group from moveon.org to the Obama campaign is working to maximize Democratic turnout.
Our readers may want to keep informed about this race and this rising politician who, in many ways, is a model for all future Republicans-and Americans regardless of political persuasion (or heritage, for that matter). Joel Mowbray's column can be found here:.
And if you wish, you can find out more about Josh here.