Ohio Republican Senate candidates Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel had to be separated as the two got in each other’s faces and threatened to fight.
Mike Gibbons and Josh Mandel get in each other’s faces at tonight’s GOP #OHSen forum hosted by FreedomWorks.
“You watch what happens,” Mandel says. pic.twitter.com/fQuqfHxXHT
— Heartland Signal (@HeartlandSignal) March 18, 2022
Another clip shows Mandel calling Gibbons a pu**y:
This is not an episode of Jerry Springer. It’s tonight’s Ohio Republican Senate debate.
“You’re dealing with the wrong guy,” Mandel says to Gibbons before calling him a “pussy.” pic.twitter.com/AbbyQpwXvu
— Natalie Allison (@natalie_allison) March 18, 2022
Mandel accused Gibbons of buying stock in a Chinese company. Gibbons responded by telling Mandel that he has no idea what he is talking about because he never worked in the private sector, which are fighting words in the Republican Party because Mandel got in Gibbons’s face and started yelling two tours in Iraq. Gibbons said, “You don’t know squat.” Gibbons said, “Back off buddy.” Mandel said, “Don’t tell me to back off.” Mandel then threatened Gibbons, “You’re dealing with the wrong guy. You’re dealing with the wrong guy. Watch what happens, pu**y.”
Gibbons is leading the Republican Senate field in Ohio, and Mandel is running second. Gibbons has a slim two-point lead of 22%-20% with 25% of the electorate undecided, according to the latest Fox News Poll.
The Senate map has gotten more difficult for Republicans than Mitch McConnell expected, and the last thing he likely wants to see is his top two Republicans in the race ready to throw punches at each other.
Republicans are getting crazier by the second as the Ohio Senate debate looked more like pro wrestling than two grown men vying to be the Republican nominee.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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