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Dann Live: Dann admits affair with worker



Published: Fri, May 2, 2008 @ 11:29 a.m.

Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann says he is “heartbroken by my failure” to recognize and stop problems in his office, in the wake of completion of a probe of sexual harassment complaints and other staff problems in his office.

He then acknowledged having a romantic relationship with a subordinate and apologized to his wife and children.

“I have not conducted my self in a way that is consistent with my values ...,” he said.

Four people are now gone from the office: Communications Director Leo Jennings III and Director of general Services Anthony Gutierrez, who were fired; and Chief of Policy and Administration Edgar Simpson and Jessica Utovich, Dann’s former scheduler and the office’s travel director, who both resigned Thursday.

Dann said he accepted these decisions.

“I hired them with great hopes,” Dann said. “Unfortunately they let me down.”

Ben Espy, the executive assistant AG, cited a hostile work environment created by Gutierrez, an office rampant with rumor and inappropriate fraternization, and “poor judgment” on Dann’s behalf.

Espy, who led the probe, said he did not have the authority to recommend suspending or reprimanding Dann for his behavior, but recommended the attorney general receive additional training related to proper office procedure.

But Thomas Winters, first assistant AG, said a federal Equal Employment Opportunity investigation into this case “can do more than we can. This agency can’t discipline its principle.”

As for whether Dann, who is married, had an affair with Utovich: Both declined to answer that question, Espy said. Espy added, “The refusal is an answer itself.”

Utovich acknowledged delivering schedules to Dann’s Dublin condo, and the investigation concluded that she had stayed overnight on more than one occasion. “I don’t think you deliver a schedule overnight,” Espy noted.

Dann admitted he did get involved in a romantic relationship that caused his family immense hurt and embarrassment.


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1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Stupid mook. Stupid mook. Stupid mook.

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2apollo(1227 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like the AG's office was run like Animal House. When you hire incompetents this is the result. Dann was lucky to get elected in the first place. He won only because of the prior AG's corruption and ties to coin gate. Well, valley residents, that pretty much kills any chance of another valley politician getting elected statewide. Another black eye on the valley and yet another local incompetent.

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3Bull_Chip(170 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Let’s see, he admits to an affair but “doesn’t know” if that was a violation of the AG’s office?

When asked why he is not being penalized for his bad behavior and knowledge of wrong doing, he says that his guilt is his punishment?

He didn’t think he would be elected so he wasn’t prepared for the requirements or duties of the office but he is now?

He consciously hired people he knew were unqualified because he had ‘great hope’ for them? Is he taking a line from Barak about hope and change?

He lived with these two other guys, he didn’t know one of them was a drunk, even though he had picked him up at the jail for DUI?

The important work he is doing outweighs anything he has done wrong, so he shouldn’t resign?

We need to accept his apology and his feeling of guilt as sufficient punishment for his wrong doings and those of his hand selected staff?

To save money for the state, he used alternatives to the State Patrol for his and his families safety? It had nothing to do with him wanting to make sure there weren’t witnesses?

If Strickland doesn’t demand his resignation, what can we infer from that?

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4AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

RESIGN NOW.

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5valleyconservative(19 comments)posted 6 years, 5 months ago

Marc Dann got elected as the candidate that was against "pay to play" politcs. But, as we have recently found out that he and his gang of idiots that he took to Columbus with him, were the ones that were playing while WE were paying. But hey , he had that all important D after his name folks. You get what you deserve, you sheep.

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