Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel unleashed a new ad attacking incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown for being delinquent in his taxpayments in 2011, 2006 and 2007. The ad is based on a February report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
WASHINGTON — Ohio Democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown was more than four months delinquent in paying taxes on his Washington, D.C., apartment and had to pay a penalty and interest last week.
This was not the first time, records show.
Brown also was delinquent in 2006 and 2007 and paid penalties and interest, according to tax records from the District of Columbia.
“I was late,” he said on a conference call with reporters when asked about the recent delinquency. ”I misplaced the bill and I paid it as soon as I found out. I paid a penalty for being late, and it won’t happen again.”
When a reporter noted that it also happened five and six years ago, Brown said: “I misplaced it then. This is a small apartment. I’m not in D.C. nearly every week, I’m here when the Senate’s in session, I’m here three or four nights a week. I paid the penalty. And in no way, obviously, was I avoiding taxes.”
The senator was so late in 2007 that his condo was temporarily placed on a list of properties up for auction to pay for taxes in arrears. Brown later resolved the situation by paying the bill.
Brown spokesman Sadie Weiner told the Hill that Mandel was “desperate to distract the voters from his well-deserved reputation as a politician who can’t be trusted.”
Polls now give Brown a solid lead in the once-tight race.