Ohio treasurer Josh Mandel continues trend of missing meetings

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel was in Washington for a $500-a-plate fundraiser for his U.S Senate campaign, continuing his trend of missing meetings of the board that handles billions of Ohio's deposits.

Mandel chairs the state Board of Deposit that determines which banks hold Ohio's money. It met Thursday morning, two hours after the start time of the fundraiser. The first-term Republican has attended none of the group's monthly meetings.

An office spokesman says Mandel sends a chief financial officer to the meetings in his place. Sending a designee has been common practice among his modern-day predecessors, but Mandel is unique for not attending a single meeting.

A campaign spokesman says Mandel has a strong command over the board's business and works with a team of proven professionals.

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