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Dann acknowledges errors; The Vindicator suggests a second chance

Published: Sat, May 3, 2008 @ 11:04 p.m.

When he was elected state attorney general, Marc Dann had an opportunity to make the Mahoning Valley proud. He failed — spectacularly and on multiple levels, in some ways even before he took office.

At the end of the most grueling day of his short tenure — and after a press conference that was almost as painful for those who watched as it was for Dann — he came home. In a meeting with Vindicator editors, he said he had already begun to put his private life back together and to rebuild his public office.

The question is whether Dann deserves a second chance to be the attorney general he promised to be during and after his 2006 campaign.

It would be easy to say no, made easier by Dann’s admission that even he didn’t expect to win the statewide race and, having won, realized he wasn’t prepared to manage the largest law firm in Ohio.

We endorsed Dann two years ago, not on his management skills, real or imagined, but primarily on the basis of his picking up the ball in the case of Toledo coin dealer Tom Noe’s corrupt management of $50 million in state money. We were unimpressed with the answers his opponent, Betty Montgomery, gave when she was asked about why it took a rookie state senator from northeastern Ohio (Dann) to keep the Noe probe moving.

When we endorsed Dann, we fully expected to spend four uncomfortable years dealing with Montgomery as attorney general. The second-last thing we expected was for Dann to win. The last thing was that he would win and after a little more than a year in office embarrass himself, his family and the Valley, disappoint his supporters and provide opponents who loathed him for his role in Coingate such an easy target.

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1DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

This article sums up the Vindicator completely. Your newspaper is a joke. This guy is a great example of why Youngstown will always be Youngstown.
Also, was it really a strecth for the Vindictaor to endorse a Youngstown dem versus anyone else? Laughable man.

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2StopTheInsanity(2 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

You've got to be kidding! Marc Dann is the epitome of arrogance and hypocricy. Only his home town paper would suggest that he deserves another chance. Even the governor has called the situation what it is. You make a mockery of your paper by suggesting he is able to perform the duties of the AG.

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3apollo(1227 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

A second chance? We've already given him a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth. No more chances. He's already shown what an incompetent AG he is and should resign immediately.

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4pete925(3 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

UNBELIEVABLE-A second chance. No way. To show his lack of character,look at the comment in today's Vindy'..My kids have been teased at school". The ultimate in cowardness. He should have thought of his kids before he created the work environment that he did. He should have thought of his kids before he broke his wedding vows.

He states he wanted to give Gutierrez "a chance"--why not,it was taxpayer dollars,so who cares? If he cared so much about him,why didn't he hire him to work in his law firm when the "chance" would have been on his nickel. A second chance,NO.

Why do State dollars need to be used for sexual harassment training and policy development. If he stays(and I hope not),this needs to come directly from his salary,not mine.

Finally,the Vindy thinks he changed. What,in a couple weeks? Why,because he got caught? That type of behavior is in the blood. It doesn't get cured in a few weeks. The Editorial staff has been had,because the guy gave you an exclusive. You have sold out your readers. Shame on you too!

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5dras(6 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

A second chance?, are you people completely out of your minds. This local boy of yours has set back the Democratic party and unless we remove him and each one of his local cronies we'll have a tough time in the polls.
Why is it that politicians from your end of the state forget where their brains are once they get into Office.
If I were Tom Ryan I'd move to another part of the state just to get away from you jerks.

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6nklpkl(1 comment)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

In the theatrical version of 'The Fugitive' there is the following exchange between Tommy Lee Jones (Sam Gerard) and Joe Pantoliano (Cosmo Renfro), two US Marshalls:
"Cosmo this guy's dirty" "Yes Sam, yes he is"

I think of this after every article the Vindicator has published that I've read about Marc Dann. To even suggest he get a second chance is unfathomable. Ask yourselves this Vindy editorial staff: if the exact same thing happened within the halls of your so called newspaper, wouldn't those held responsible be terminated? In his position as AG, Mr. Dann is ultimately responsible for what goes on in his department. He is dirty, yes his is, and needs to resign.

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7DoctorGonzo(728 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

If this ass were any other party (republican, independent, green, commie) the vindicator would be demanding "justice". You pigs make me sick. Your freaking newspaper is called the "vindicator", so keep vindicating the local crooks and blame someone else for the state of your county. You freaking ignorant jerks.

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8valleyconservative(19 comments)posted 7 years, 3 months ago

I wonder how willing you would be in giving him a second chance if he were a Republican.

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