Brown is in a heated race with Republican Josh Mandel, who is, according to the Real Clear Politics polling average, nipping at Brown’s heels with 43.3 percent to Brown’s 47 percent. Mandel spokesman Travis Considine told TheDC that this move on the Delphi pensions is a sign of political desperation.
“Sherrod Brown is feeling the political pressure 55 days before an election, which is why he’s finally trying to take action after waiting three and a half years,” Considine wrote in an email. “More insulting to the parties involved is how Sherrod Brown proposes to solve the problem he created — by putting taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars when many Delphi retirees believe the issue can be resolved without any taxpayer dollars being used. Ohio needs a senator who will do the right thing the first time and who won’t allow the federal government to pick winners and losers, which is how Delphi retirees got ripped off in the first place.”