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Monday, May 05, 2008

Every top Dem in state asks Dann to resign.

UPDATED: Congressional candidate and State Rep. Steve Driehaus - who would be invovled in any impeachment proceedings - has joined the call for Dann to resign:

Statement from State Representative Steve Driehaus

"It is time for Attorney General Marc Dann to resign. Previously, I had called on the Attorney General to cooperate with the investigation and the investigation now shows unacceptable behavior by the Attorney General and staff. I join Governor Strickland and elected Democrats across the state of Ohio in asking the Attorney General to do what is best for the state of Ohio and the Office of Attorney General by stepping down."

And while she's not a Democrat, she is from Greater Cincinnati:

"As Ohio's top law enforcement officer Marc Dann should indeed resign immediately" said Rep. Jean Schmidt.

And so did Schmidt's opponent:

Cincinnati – Democratic Candidate Dr. Victoria Wulsin issued this statement in response to Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann.

“Marc Dann’s behavior has tarnished the reputation of the Ohio Attorney General’s office. I join Governor Strickland and other Democrats, asking for his resignation.”

This story will be updating all day.

Meanwhile, here's the letter from Gov. Ted Strickland and Marc Dann's response.

Governor Ted Strickland, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown, Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Treasurer Richard Cordray, House Minority Leader Joyce Beatty, Senate Minority Leader Ray Miller and Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern called for Attorney General Marc Dann’s resignation last night.

The text of a letter sent to Attorney General Marc Dann last night, Sunday, May 4, 2008, follows:

Dear Attorney General Dann,

We write to you tonight to ask that you resign your position as Attorney General of the State of Ohio.

We believe that your actions have irreparably harmed your ability to effectively serve the people of our great state.

The work of the Office of the Attorney General matters more, and is far more important, than any one person. 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.

We also want to make you aware that if you do not choose to resign, Democratic members of the Ohio House of Representatives will immediately introduce a resolution seeking your impeachment. We sincerely hope that this action will not be necessary and that you will act in the best interest of the people of Ohio by tendering your resignation Monday morning.

Dann's response:

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


at 12:13 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the bold-typing foot-tapper defending Dann now?

Did Steve "Girls Gone Wild" Driehaus call for his resignation? That would sure be hypocritical.

at 12:24 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Republicans for Pepper Committee said...

If the Dems are smart they will appoint David Pepper to this job.

at 12:35 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

marc dann makes me smile.

at 12:36 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dann out, Peeper in

at 12:39 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, our spine-less, gut-less so-called Democrat, so-called leaders are too scared of the hypocritical words of the Gang Of Pedophiles and have joined the calls for Marc Dann to resign.

What they should do instead is stand behind Mr. Dann and encourage him to use his bully pulpit to expose Repugnicant hypocrisy with their own sex scandals and investigate Repug mismanagement of government funds at every level in this state. You could start with Dynus in Butler County and Walker in Clermont County.

We shouldn't just be trying to win elections in 2008. We will. We should also expose the GOP for the farce and criminal front that it really is. This is an organization whose membership at all levels has been corrupt, committed a multitude of crimes, and believes in the sexual exploitation of children. Their "family values" mantra is a farce. Their plans for dealing with important matters from health care to gas prices to the war bioil down to "Enrich Our Friends With Your Tax Dollars." When Repugs control the government, it is legalized extortion and money-laundering, nothing more and nothing less. The Great Depression, Watergate, Iran-Contra, the "War onTerror" all brought to you by the GOP and all paid for by us, the taxpayer. They shouldn't just be out of office. That political party, as an organization, should be shut down as a corrupt organization under RICO, just as Democrats have won with the mafia.

Ted, Jen, Rich, Sherrod, et al, should stand behind Marc Dann and say he should stay in office at least until all Repugs who have committed sex crimes and financial crimes have stepped down themselves. Every day thereafter, Marc Dann should announce another probe into another Repug-run government: county, township, city, village, school board, park board. No mattter. You will see pay-to-play, nepotism, hiring cronies, you name it.

Tomorrow- BUtler County
Wednesday- Clermont County
Thursday- Green Township (Chuck Mitchell, anyone?) every day.

at 12:47 PM, May 05, 2008 Blogger Hamilton County Voter said...

Now it's time for the GOP to get ready for the November Special Election. Find a good candidate to run against whomever is appointed!

at 1:04 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Marc...We here at Bold Endeavors have you in our prayers.

at 1:14 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Anonymous "Repugnicant" (I love that one),

This isn't a Republican problem - stop trying to make it one. Your precious Democrat screwed up. I'm sure it burns you up to no end to see that Democrats are just as corrupt as every other politician out there.

Denial ain't just a river in Egypt.

at 1:23 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow...Did Driehaus really just call on his buddy to resign? Will Driehaus resign too? Kind of hypocritical if you ask me given his antics.

at 1:24 PM, May 05, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Mark Dann graduated with honors from The Clinton School of Ethics.

at 1:33 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


My hats off to the Democratic Party in their united, official response to the sex scandal in Columbus (and all that entails from obstruction of an official investigation, perjury, cover-up, illegal hiring...)

You only need to look back a few years to the infamous fall of Mike Allen to see the obvious differences between how Republicans deal with corruption (whether it's pay-to-play in Deters office, or sexual harassment and illegal hiring in Allen's) and how Democrats address the same kinds of issues to feel proud of the political direction Ohio is demanding and receiving from our current elected officials.

When Allen announced his affair, downplaying the existence of a sexual harassment complaint and the use of public funds for his "extra-curricular" activities, no one, NO ONE, from the party officially or jointly called for his resignation. Instead, they allowed the victim to be run out of town on a rail and dragged her through the much-feared mudraking women often experience that inhibits the filing of complaints.
In the case of a high-ranking Republican engaging in the same conduct - one who sat on the Supreme Court's Discplinary Council and was viewed as one of the most powerful Republicans in the state, the Party circled the wagons quietly.
Because the Party refused to take action, a common citizen brought a complaint to remove Allen. That complaintant suffered the attacks of the judiciary and was subsequently and still black-balled in the community by government offices.
The Court refused to hear the action and held hearings rather on the complaintants standing to call for Allen's removal in the absense of a Republican Party response. The Ohio Supreme Court coordinated a usurping of the lower court's breach by allowing the case to be dismissed and the refusing to hear the issues. The Appellate Court's stand was to "let it ride" - refusing to enforce the law so that Allen could finish his term and not lose his benefits.

When Heimlich committed perjury during the investigation - Jim Petro allowed him to later come back and change his testimony to comport to the facts (and again, no action by Republicans). (Much different from adding testimony for clarification, Heimlich gave absolute false testimony, not incomplete, and Petro's office faciliatated it.
The difference between the very similar cases of a Republican and a Democrat engaged in this mutually humiliating and illegal conduct is : Democrats in Ohio won't condone it, cover it up, or acquiese for the sake of one man's benefit and everyone else's harm. The Republicans, on the other hand, silently supported the cover-up officially while the courts protected "their own".

My hat's off to the Democratic Party for standing up for the law, the victims, the values of its citizens and is calling for the resignation and poised to take decisive action if Dann doesn't step down.

That's how a good government operates - everyone makes mistakes, sometimes pretty big ones that are dreadfully humiliating to those offending - the difference here -- is the official response.

at 1:43 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't it at a Dann Party where Driehaus earned the nickname "Steve "Girls Gone Wild" Driehaus?" When are we finally going to see those photos from the private flickr account - lets make them public!!

at 2:21 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 1:33, I don't know what you're smoking. Mike Allen resigned within a week of the sexual harassment lawsuit being filed.

at 3:03 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Stanislaw Lem said...

Anon 1:43 :

Make a public records request. If anyone accessed them from a state or city computer they are part of the public record. You can even get IP logs under the state's open records act.

at 3:11 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sorry, is Mike Allen in office?

Marc Dann=Hero.

at 3:23 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the Enquirer ask Driehaus to return the money his buddy Dann raised for him?

at 4:01 PM, May 05, 2008 Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

Somebody fill me on Driehaus. I missed something.

at 4:28 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pathetic, "family values!"

at 5:05 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:21 - your memory is flawed, honey

at 5:17 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marc Dann should resign so that his replacement has to run in November... the GOP has lots of contenders in the wings!

at 5:40 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's all this with Driehaus being connected to Dann? Is there something about to break in the media? Was he involved too?

at 6:37 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are the Republicans who are calling for Larry Craig's resignation? Or David Vitter's?

Republican hypocrisy truly knows no bounds.

at 6:57 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Driehaus brought his good buddy Marc Dann in for a fundraiser just a few months ago.

If Driehaus thinks his behavior was so unacceptable, he should return all the campaign cash Dann helped him raise.

Impeach Marc "pajama party" Dann and dump Steve "girls gone wild" Driehaus!

at 7:03 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha. Did Virus Vic Wulsin really say Marc Dann should resign? What's her justification? Ethical issues? Pot, here's a new friend for you. His name is kettle...

If there's one topic Virus Vic Wulsin should NEVER bring up, it's ethics. Nothing Dann has ever done can top Wulsin's involvement in her brutal, disgusting human experimentation in third world countries in the name of 'science'. That's one call to resign that Marc Dann can put in the "big fat hypocrite" pile and toss aside.

at 7:24 PM, May 05, 2008 Blogger usefullidiot said...

"...Where are the Republicans who are calling for Larry Craig's resignation? Or David Vitter's?..."

Real conservitives yelled and screamed until our eyes turned red...but these two arragent SOB's put themselves before the taxpayers and told us to drop dead!!

We don't have Republicans and Democrats, we have Gambinos and The Luccheses!!!!!!

at 8:15 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

anon 6:37...I'd give a flyin flip about your post except that your party still owns complete blatant arrogance by propping up Bill Clinton till his last disgraceful day in office.Your party will always...always...have that distinction until time on earth ceases.
deal with it.celebrate it.you own it.

at 11:12 PM, May 05, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

This doesn't look so good for young Mr. Driehaus. "Girls Gone Wild" indeed.

at 12:08 AM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So your telling me Driehaus was one of only 24 State Representatives and Senators who endorsed Dann in 2006?

Sounds like someone doesn't know how to judge good character! Can you imagine his judgment on national issues?


at 12:25 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous billo said...

anonymous: May 5,08, 7:03 pm
WTF do you really know about Dr. Wulsin's "brutal" involvement? She REVIEWED the protocols and rejected the findings based on flawed experiment design. She did PAPERWORK reviewing, and the Heimlich team or whoever was in charge, fired her because she was too honest in assessing the work. Get yer effin' facts straight before you slander someone, repuke! Disgusting as usual for the reality-challenged.

at 2:28 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Pug-Tards,

Stick this in your pipe and smoke it!

Can't wait for all those right-wing trust-fund babies to try and get a job in the real world when their rich Repugnicant bosses lose the elections and they lose the jobs their rich Repugnicant daddies got for them.

at 3:22 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, Brother Dann, you 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"
Now, that being said, why was not your job so important yesterday? Were you not a public servant at that time - or merely a 'pubic' servant of one of your consorts?
Your coherent and relevant response, please........

at 4:08 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...



at 4:18 PM, May 06, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is anyone surprised by this all-too-familiar democRAT immoral behavior?!

The democRATS are the party of Barney "Male Brothel" Frank, Gary "Monkey Business" Hart, NJ Governor James "I am a gay American" McGreevey, NY Governor Eliot "Client No. 9" Spitzer, and B.J. Clinton, after all!

The list goes on & on...

at 10:39 AM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous CincyCapell said...

Wannabe Wingnut at 8:15 & the Chevy-It Jock Moron both hate the fact that Bill Clinton left office with a 65% approval rating. The American People loved him, except for the loud-mouth 19 -Percenters that is.

Chimpy Bush has the highest disapproval rating of any President in American history. The American People hate him, and can't wait for him to go away.

These facts really burn the 19-Percenters *sses. Eat it boys, welcome to reality.

at 1:00 PM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

George w. Bush disproval rating at 71%, the highest of any president in the history of our nation;


at 7:41 PM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

New on DVD:
Democrats Gone Wild!

Directed by Steve Driphaus

at 10:25 PM, May 07, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Victoria Wulsin isn't calling for Dann's resignation. Maybe she plan on working with him to not get charges pressed against her for "Victoria's Secrets"....LOL>...

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