Jewish Republican Josh Mandel joins race for open US Senate seat in Ohio

Jewish Republican Josh Mandel, a Marine veteran and former state treasurer, says he will make a third run for the US Senate in Ohio, taking a pro-Trump message in a bid for the seat being vacated by the GOP’s Rob Portman.

Mandel, 43, plans to launch his campaign Wednesday against the backdrop of a second round of impeachment proceedings against the former Republican president.

“This impeachment of President Trump is a complete sham and got my blood boiling to the point where I decided to run for the United States Senate,” Mandel says in an interview. He says he believes charges against Trump are unfounded and the proceeding is unconstitutional.

With his wife Ilana next to him, Republican US Senate candidate Josh Mandel concedes defeat to Sherrod Brown on election night in the ballroom at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Munden)

Mandel was the first statewide official in Ohio to back Trump in 2016 and he raised $500,000 for him in 2020, he says. His campaign will focus on common themes of economic freedom, individual liberty and the “America First” agenda.

“When I go to Washington, I’m going to go there to pulverize the uni-party,” he says. “The uni-party is what I call this group of Democrats and Republicans who sound exactly the same and are more interested in getting invited to the cocktail party circuit than they are in standing up for the Constitution.”

Mandel faces likely competition in a GOP primary from Jane Timken, who left her position as head of the Ohio Republican Party last week to explore a run, among others.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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