Senate candidate Mandel faces social media backlash after praising Perrysburg restaurant employee

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Josh Mandel is pictured in his tweet hugging a waitress who said she was sick and came to work.

(WKBN) – Senate candidate Josh Mandel is facing backlash after a series of social media posts.

The Republican is running for the retiring Rob Portman’s seat. Mandel stopped by a Perrysburg brewery Friday.

He’s pictured in his tweet hugging a waitress who said she was sick and came to work.

“These are the type of American workers that make our country strong,” he said in the post.

Saturday, he made a stop at the Brookfield Family Diner and was photographed shaking hands with patrons.

We reached out to him to ask for a statement and have not heard back from him at this time.

It is not clear what the waitress’ ailment was at the time.

He responded to some initial backlash on Twitter late Friday.

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