Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel (R) “is leaning toward a run for the U.S. Senate in 2012 and will make an announcement this spring,” the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Mandel has been urged by Republican leaders to challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown as other potential GOP candidates increasingly appear unlikely to run, including Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, and U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan of Urbana, Pat Tiberi of Genoa Township, and Steve LaTourette of Bainbridge Township.
Mandel, who became treasurer in January, is known for his fundraising prowess; he’ll need it, given estimates that both Brown and his challenger will need to raise at leastbout $15 million.
Ohio GOP Chairman Kevin DeWine said Mandel would be “a formidable candidate” against Brown.
(h/t – Aaron Blake)