Lisa De Pasquale

If you were to visit all 19,679 homes in an Ohio congressional district how many shoes do you think you would wear out? For Josh Mandel, it was three pairs. In 2006 when he ran and won a seat in the state legislature, he did just that.

Mandel is no stranger to completing a mission. In 2000 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and graduated first in his class from boot camp. He served for eight years, including two tours in Iraq.

Following his two terms in the Ohio state legislature, Mandel ran for U.S. Treasurer and won. As Treasurer, the state got the highest ranking from Standard & Poor’s thanks to his management of the state’s investments.

After winning 63% of the vote in a Republican primary with five candidates, Mandel is now facing incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown in the general election. According to the National Journal’s rankings, Sen. Brown is tied with eight others for the title of “most liberal Senator.” In March, Mandel said, "I am running for the United States Senate because no longer can I stomach the gridlock and partisanship in Washington that has bankrupted Social Security, bankrupted Medicare and caused one-half million jobs to leave Ohio in the past decade."

Mandel has been endorsed by Republican leaders across the country, including Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Marco Rubio, and Sen. Rob Portman. Mandel’s leadership skills and commitment to free market principles are needed in U.S. Senate. November can’t come soon enough!

1. If there were a television channel that showed only one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

Full Metal Jacket. There was something special about those Marines who served in Vietnam. I appreciate them paving the way for young guys like myself.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

That’s a tough one – I like a lot of movie quotes, especially inspirational ones. How about one from the locker room scene in Rudy – quoting George Gipp talking to Knute Rockne – saying “…some time, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are wrong and the breaks are beating the boys, ask them to go in there with all they've got and win just one for the Gipper.”

3. In A Clockwork Orange, Malcolm McDowell is strapped in with his eyes propped open and forced to watch images until he was "cured." If you could give President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the "Clockwork Orange treatment," what movie would you make them watch?

Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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