Sen. Sherrod Brown received his fourth newspaper endorsement today following endorsements by the Akron Beacon Journal, Athens News and Sun News as the Cleveland Plain Dealer endorsed his reelection effort, casting Brown as a "tireless worker" for Ohio's middle class and his opponent Josh Mandel as a candidate "untethered to substance."
The Plain Dealer, which endorsed Brown's opponent Sen. Mike DeWine in 2006, notes Sherrod's unparalleled work ethic on behalf of the people of Ohio.
"Brown is a tireless worker and cheerleader for Ohio, its people and their interests. He's a good listener and a creative lawmaker -- valuable traits in a senator and positive reasons to vote for Brown."
In contrast to Sherrod's steadfast leadership for Ohio in the Senate, the Plain Dealer rightfully castigates Josh Mandel for running one of the most dishonest, deceptive, gutter-ridden and substance-free campaigns Ohio has ever seen:
"There's another powerful reason to vote for Brown -- a negative one: Electing his Republican opponent, Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, would reward one of the nastiest campaigns ever waged in this state. It would reward a candidate who hasn't moved beyond partisan slogans and careful sound bites. It would reward ambition untethered to substance.
"No one runs for the U.S. Senate without a healthy ego or considerable ambition. But raw desire must be balanced by a willingness to study issues and to do the hard work of governing. Mandel shows little interest in either. He's simply not ready for the Senate."
As the Plain Dealer notes, Sherrod doesn't simply fight the big fights in Washington; from issues such as banking to manufacturing research to bus safety, Sherrod's led successful fights to move Ohio forward:
"His pragmatic support for an infrastructure bank, for advanced manufacturing research, for balanced environmental policies in a state with huge energy resources and needs. His bipartisan work to improve bus safety features after the 2007 accident that killed five Bluffton University baseball players. His efforts to play matchmaker between European aerospace giant Airbus and hundreds of Ohio parts makers. His ongoing work to replace crop support payments with an insurance program that aids only farmers who are hurting -- an idea hatched while listening to Ohio growers after he was assigned to the Agriculture Committee."
Noting that Josh Mandel hasn't done his current job as Treasurer, the Plain Dealer concludes thusly:
"Perhaps if he stayed in a job long enough to learn it, he could become a talented public servant as well. As it is, he is no match for Sherrod Brown, who deserves six more years."
Read the complete endorsement HERE.