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May 06, 2008 10:51 PM UTC

At Least He's Not Your Attorney General

  • by: Haners

Today it was announced that Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann (D) could face impeachment proceedings over sexual harassment charges and an extra marital affair.

Dann, the first Democrat elected to the Attorney General’s office since 1994 is facing charges that Dann’s office has created “an atmosphere in Dann’s office rife with inappropriate staff-subordinate relationships, heavy drinking and harassing and threatening behavior by a supervisor.”

On Friday, Dann also admitted to engaging in an extra martial affair.

Many have called on Dann to resign, but it seems that he will insist on staying in office.

“I am in the office, have rolled up my sleeves and am working on behalf of the people of State of Ohio,” Dann said Monday in a written statement to his staff that he released publicly.

He apologized to his staff for putting them in a tough position.

“But our work is too important to do anything but our jobs today,” Dann wrote them in an e-mail.

Dann has also apologized to his wife and supporters.

So now Dann joins Spitzer and Kilpatrick as officials that have gotten themselves into hot water recently with sexual misconduct.…


24 thoughts on “At Least He’s Not Your Attorney General

  1. He won’t last, bet he’ll be out before the end of the day and get lost in the Indiana-North Carolina primary news.

    But let’s be clear, he’s not facing sexual harassment charges, two top subordinates were  and Dann took responsibility for, basically, running his office like a frat house.

    The letter from Strickland and other top Democrats arrived two days after the results of a major probe into the Attorney General’s Office were made public. Sparked by the sexual harassment allegations from two workers against Anthony Gutierrez, Dann’s general service director, the investigation led to the termination of Gutierrez and spokesman Leo Jennings. The probe also referenced “conditions (in the office) that contribute to a hostile work environment,” for which Dann took responsibility.


      1. Is it a high crime or misdemeanor? Probably not on its face, but a thorough investigation could probably come up with something. Basically, an impeachable offense is anything the Ohio legislature wants it to be if Dann doesn’t step down.

        Here’s the call for resignation issued yesterday by Gov. Ted Strickland, signed by all the state’s top Democrats (from the same story cited above):

        “We no longer have even the most remote hope that you can continue to effectively serve as Attorney General and that is why we are asking for your resignation,” states the letter, which was signed by Strickland, Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, state Treasurer Richard Cordray and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

        Ohio House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller, all Democrats, and state Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern also signed the letter.

      2. Some states run impeachment in a much more active way than the Federal government does.

        If anything Dann has done rises to the level of impeachment, it is his treatment of the AG’s office as a home for his buddies regardless of their experience.  This is what led to the “frat house environment,” and it’s unbecoming of a high official.  Is it impeachable?  That’s up to the state Constitution and the standards of the state.  Obviously the Democratic leadership there thinks it is.

        1. It’s just a club, among others, to force Dann from office.

          For impeachment proceedings to go forward, Dann must have committed a wrong act, according to the state constitution. Strickland declined to say what act or acts Democrats planned to name against Dann in the proceedings.

          If he lasts the week, impeachment might not be necessary:

          Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern said the party plans to vote Saturday on whether to rescind its endorsement of Dann and pull all party resources from him, which would make him “essentially an independent.” He said Dann will find it difficult to be effective.

          Worth noting, though, how Dann and others came into office in 2006 in the wake of a statewide Republican scandal:

          The governor and Dann were among many Ohio Democrats swept into office in 2006 in the wake of an investment scandal that involved GOP donor Tom Noe and reached to former Republican Gov. Bob Taft.

          “When there were those problems, the Republican party sort of circled the wagons and tried to protect him,” [U.S. Sen. Sherrod] Brown [a Democrat] said. “The difference is, we think when there’s a problem on our side, that we fix it, we correct it, we get a new attorney general and we move on.”

      1.    But you guys are stuck with Vitter until ’10.

          Any word on whether he’s planning to attend Ms. Palfrey’s funeral?

    1. .

      They’ve got pretty good jobs,

      with pretty good perks.  

      There’s no pressure for them to resign from anyone who exercises any kind of authority over them.  

      One of them denies any wrongdoing;

      the other believes he has atoned to and been forgiven by the only ones whose opinions matter.

      Or is this just your way of saying that Republicans have failings, too ?


      1. I was just pointing out the rogues on the otherside who broke the law and have not resigned since he mentioned only the Spitzer and Kilpatrick (both of whom I also despise)

      1. Mark Foley resigned his House seat when his predatory behavior toward male pages made news

        Jack Ryan dropped out of the Illinois senate race after revelations of his sex club antics

        Bob Livingston resigned from the House when his adulterous affairs came to light

        Bob Packwood resigned his Senate seat when ten female former staffers accused him of sexual harrassment

        Joe Scarborough resigned his House seat amid allegations of an affair shortly before an intern was found dead in his office

        Ed Schrock, a cosponsor of the Federal Marriage Amendment, dropped out of the race for a third term in the House when tapes emerged of him soliciting men for sex

        But you’re right, many Republicans involved in sex scandals stick it out or wait for an indictment to force them from office.

          1. His intern, Lori Klausutis, was soon after found dead in his office. The medical examiner, who had his license revoked in Missouri for falsifying information in an autopsy report, and suspended in Florida for six years, ruled the case an accident, after giving conflicting information about her injuries. He said he lied about them because “The last thing we wanted was 40 questions about a head injury.”

  2. The Ohio Attorney General’s office has got nothing on the Nevada Governor’s mansion:

    Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons, a first-term Republican already under pressure because of his handling of the state’s budget crisis, filed Friday for divorce from Dawn Gibbons, his wife of 22 years. …

    Were that all, it might be a blip. But the governor is also seeking a legal ruling — which would certainly become public — to force his wife to move out of the governor’s mansion, where she, and not he, has been living since they officially separated last month. …

    A divorce would end the marriage of Nevada’s most politically ambitious duo, who served in various elected offices. Indeed, Dawn Gibbons is credited with helping to save her husband’s 2006 gubernatorial bid when she stood by him amid accusations he had sexually propositioned and assaulted a cocktail waitress in a parking garage outside a Las Vegas restaurant after an evening of drinking with the waitress and other women. Surveillance video in the garage did not show either person in the garage and no charges were filed, but Jim Gibbons never denied having been out drinking with the women. …

    The governor moved into the couple’s Reno home last month, leaving Dawn Gibbons in the official Carson City residence in a move reminiscent of when New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani left his then-wife Donna Hanover in Gracie Mansion during his second term in office.

    1. I wondered if something like that was in the works-you don’t run for Congress which would make you stay in Washington D.C. while you’re significant other is running for a job in your home state.  For some reason, that doesn’t say “healthy marriage” to me.

      How sad.

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