The Ohio Republican Party sank to a new political low when they decide to attack a Democratic veteran’s mental health using a mailer that mocked his trauma.

Invoking the Incredible Hulk to make fun of a man who volunteered to serve his nation is really classy guys.  That doesn’t sound very pro-military, does it?  Thankfully, the actual GOP candidate thought this was low, too, and was willing to speak out against it.

U.S. congressional candidate Joe Helle (D), in a joint statement with Republican incumbent Steve Arndt, condemned the Ohio GOP’s negative attack ad. Helle is a veteran who suffers PTSD resulting from his service in Afghanistan. He has openly said that his mental health problem have led to anger issues in the past.

The GOP-sponsored ad highlights the Democratic candidates mental health issues and claims, “You wouldn’t like Joe Helle when he’s angry.”

Helle asked the Republican candidate Steve Arndt to condemn the ad, and that’s exactly what he did.  They even appeared together in a video to constituents saying this was beyond the scope of the way politics should be.

Watch the video of the two candidates together below.  This is the way that people should treat each other — in politics and in life.  Watch their short statement below, for an antidote to the poisonous politics that our nation has been experiencing:

Hat Tip: MavenRoundTable

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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