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BLOG: GOP candidate dodges hot issue

Tom Jackson • Apr 1, 2011 at 5:03 PM

As I wrote recently, U.S. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is riding high in the polls as he heads into a re-election campaign next year.

Republicans have no announced candidate so far. Mary Taylor, the lieutenant governor, apparently is thinking about it, but the latest faux candidate getting attention from the press is Josh Mandel, the new state treasurer.

Senate Bill 5 is obviously the hottest issue in Ohio today, and Democrats have been having fun mocking Mandel for refusing to take a stand on the new law. If he's serious about running, he can't make a career of dodging issues.

Brown has press conferences almost every week in which he takes questions on the telephone from reporters. The conferences usually are called to push a particular issue, but Brown will answer questions on anything. I've yet to ask I question that I felt he avoided

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