There are a number of truly out-of-their league Republican candidates running for office this year. But near the top of the pile is Republican senate candidate Josh Mandel from Ohio.
Today even his family is taking after the young turk who seems to have a burning ambition to be someone. With the aid of tens-of-millions of dollars there is no chance in hell he can make it to Washington, but he can make a national joke of himself.
Members of his wife’s family today called out Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel over his opposition to gay marriage and gays serving openly in the military.
Nine of his wife’s cousins purchased a full-page ad in the Cleveland Jewish News as an “open letter” to Mandel, writing they are “deeply saddened” by his belief that marriage should be restricted to a man and a woman.
The letter said “your cousins Ellen Ratner and Cholene Espinoza are among the many wonderful couples whose rights you do not recognize … Their wedding, like yours, was a beautiful and happy occasion for all of us in the family.
“It hurts us that you would embrace discrimination against them and countless other loving couples in Ohio and around the country.”
The letter further said that Espinoza was an Air Force Academy graduate and pilot who became the second woman to fly the U-2 reconnaissance plane. “And yet, you have argued that she, like many gay and lesbian soldiers, should be forced to live a life of secrecy and lies.”
Ratner is chief political correspondent and news analyst for radio’s “Talk America” and contributes to Fox News. The couple lives in New York City.
The letter closed: “Your discriminatory stance violates these core values of our family. Nevertheless, we hope that over time, as you advance in years and wisdom, you will come to embrace the values of inclusiveness and equality as well.”