Ohio attorney general stays on job despite resignation pleas

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and other Democratic leaders are calling on scandal-scarred Attorney General Marc Dann to resign. Dann's response to his fellow Democrats is that he is staying on the job.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and other Democratic leaders are calling on scandal-scarred Attorney General Marc Dann to resign.

Dann’s response to his fellow Democrats is that he is staying on the job.

On Friday, Dann admitted to an extramarital affair with a subordinate after findings in an unrelated sexual harassment investigation threatened to reveal the relationship.

Strickland, Sen. Sherrod Brown, other Democratic state officeholders and all Democratic state legislators sent Dann a letter today saying his actions hurt his ability to do his job.

Dann says in a written response that his office will continue to provide legal services and work with law enforcement partners. (See that letter in its entirety at the end of this story.)

Dann’s actions irreparably harmed his ability to do his job, the leaders wrote in a letter penned Sunday night after a grueling weekend of contemplation.

“The work of the Office of the Attorney General matters more, and is far more important, than any one person,” the letter said. “In many, many cases it is all that stands between the people and the powerful. Sadly, 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.”

Dann, a surprising victor in the 2006 near-sweep by Democrats of statewide office, conceded that his own behavior had contributed to an atmosphere in the office that permitted two junior staffers to be harassed and threatened by a friend and neighbor whom he had hired as an aide.

However, he insisted he is still capable of carrying on his work as the state’s lawyer and top law enforcement officer.

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EDITOR'S NOTE - Below is the text of an e-mail sent today by Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to all associates of his office.

All --

Last night, I received a call from Governor Strickland advising me that he and the other statewide Democratic office holders along with the minority leaders of the House and Senate were planning to ask me to resign today.

That letter has been sent.

I wanted to share with you what I told the Governor.

I told him that he and the other officeholders, as well as the members of the legislature, should continue to expect that we will continue to provide high-quality legal services to all of them.  I told the Governor that we will continue to make our law enforcement partnerships work to protect the people of the State of Ohio.

I told him that our consumer protection and environmental protection and civil rights work will continue on behalf of the State of Oho

That is exactly what I am doing today.  I am in the office, have rolled up my sleeves and am working on behalf of the people of State of Ohio.

I hope all of you will do the same.

I think that there is a great chance that we can continue to do great work for the people of the State.

I know that this is difficult, and I am truly sorry to have put all of you in this position.

 

But our work is too important to do anything but our jobs today.

 

Marc Dann