Latest True Fact-checks on Josh Mandel Josh Mandel stated on November 16, 2012 in an email to supporters: "Our race was the closest U.S. Senate race in Ohio in 36 years -- when Howard Metzenbaum defeated Robert Taft in 1976." Josh Mandel stated on October 2, 2012 in a campaign commercial: Sherrod Brown "failed to pay his own taxes three separate times." Josh Mandel stated on November 14, 2011 in a radio show: Sherrod Brown "has been running for public office since Richard Nixon was president." Josh Mandel stated on November 4, 2011 in a news release: Ilana Shafran Mandel’s stake in Forest City Enterprises "constitutes significantly less than 1 percent" of the company’s shares and any implication of a conflict of interest "is legally incorrect." Josh Mandel stated on September 22, 2010 in a campaign ad: "Decorated Marine, two-tour Iraq war vet."