Ohio Treasurer: Kasich’s Campaign is Doomed

Ohio Governor John Kasich will not be in the race for president much longer, his state treasurer, Josh Mandel, suggested on Thursday.

“By the time we get to the convention in Cleveland, he won’t be in the race anymore,” Mandel, who is National Finance Co-Chairman for the Marco Rubio campaign, said during an interview with Michael Fragin on “Spin Class,” a New York-based online radio show focusing on Jewish politics.

Kasich is competing with Rubio for second place in the New Hampshire primary next Tuesday. After conducting over 90 town hall meetings and additional campaign events, the Ohio Governor is hoping to be rewarded by Granite State voters with the boost needed to remain in the race as an alternative to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

Ohio state GOP has officially endorsed Kasich in the Republican presidential primaries.

Mandel’s spokesman Seth Unger said in an email to Cleveland.com: “Since endorsing Marco last spring, Treasurer Mandel has made it clear that he’s pro-Marco Rubio, not anti-John Kasich. By virtue of believing that Marco is going to be our nominee and next President, Josh obviously thinks that all the candidates will be behind Marco by the time the convention rolls around.”

During the interview, Mandel also called the candidate of his choice a “Zionist.”

“Marco wears his pro-Israel policy on his sleeve,” said Mandel. “He also has been described by many people as a ‘Zionist.’ Marco also understands that Israel is America’s best friend in the Middle East and, really, our only true friend in the Middle East. If you go on YouTube and watch some of Marco’s speeches in the Senate – with respect to the U.S.-Israel relationship and the fight against radical Islam – they sort of speak for themselves.”

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