- At least two fundraisers from the team of GOP Senate candidate Josh Mandel have resigned due to a toxic workplace, sources told the Columbus Dispatch.
- Sources have claimed that this environment was created by his campaign finance director, Rachel Wilson, who he was dating.
- Wilson allegedly berated staff members in front of others and asked them to work 12 hours a day.
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At least two campaign staff for Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel have resigned due to a toxic work environment they say was created by his CFO he is dating, according to a report from the Columbus Dispatch.
Three fundraisers resigned from Mandel’s staff, but two of them accused Rachel Wilson, the candidate’s campaign finance director, of berating staff members in front of other people and forcing them to work 12 hours a day, two sources told the Dispatch.
A source told The Dispatch that Wilson “has really created a traumatic and hostile work environment.”
Mandel’s campaign manager Scott Guthrie told The Dispatch that Wilson and Mandel have been dating since November 2020. He declined to comment on the Dispatch on specific allegations regarding the workplace.
A source told the Dispatch that Mandel and Wilson were known to fight openly by shouting matches in the office in front of other staff, saying, “They were walking out into the hallway and yelling at each other.”
In 2017, during Mandel’s second Senate race against Senator Sherrod Brown, Wilson was also filmed pushing a Democratic Party tracker, someone who attends and films events for an opposing candidate. Mandel ended up dropping out of the race in January 2018, citing a family health problem.
Mandel, a former Ohio state treasurer and state representative, is now running for the GOP primary in the open race to replace Republican Senator Rob Portman, who is retiring in 2022.
The Mandel campaign said on Tuesday it raised $ 1.3 million in the second fundraising quarter of 2021.
Mandel, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, competes in a crowded field with former State GOP President Jane Timken and businessmen Mike Gibbons and Bernie Moreno, along with author of “Hillbilly Elegy” JD Vance who is also expected to enter the race.
The most recent internal poll of the GOP Senate primary commissioned by Mandel’s campaign in early June showed him leading the rest of the field by a wide margin, with more than a third of likely GOP primary voters still undecided. .