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How will scandal affect other Ohio political races?

Published: Sun, May 4, 2008 @ 12:00 a.m.


Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has become an election-year live wire.

Though he is more than two years from having to face re-election, his decision to remain in office after a sex scandal has put him at the center of the 2008 races, from Ohio House contests to the state’s battle for the White House.

Democratic candidates will face questions about his conduct, which includes having an affair with a subordinate. In the broadest context, Republican candidates will use Dann’s conduct to paint Democrats as corrupt.

“This will have a huge impact on legislative races because every Democratic candidate will be asked whether or not Marc Dann should resign,” said Republican consultant Mark Weaver, who helped Republican House members in 2006 and is advising them again this year.

Weaver should know; he has experienced the collateral damage of political scandal. One of his clients, former state Auditor and Attorney General Betty Montgomery, lost to Dann in 2006, after he effectively linked her to a Republican investment scandal involving fund-raiser and coin dealer Tom Noe.

Though Montgomery had no direct involvement in the investment debacle, the taint of the scandal, which touched former Republican Gov. Bob Taft, helped defeat nearly all of the party’s statewide candidates in 2006.

“If Ohio becomes ground zero in the presidential race, and the race is close like it was in 2004, a major Democratic scandal that is unresolved could have an impact,” Weaver said.


1Dannmann(1 comment)posted 8 years, 1 month ago

This is crazy. Just because Marc Dann professes his remorse and claims lessons learned, how has it manifested itself in his behavior. During this investigation in his first interview, he was evasive about his involvement with Utovich. hiding behind somantics of She did not spend the night on the night in question, but failed to be honest and say that she had spent the night on other occaisions. he did not admit it until he was forced to because of the overwhelming evidence of other witness and called for a second interview. Dann is quick to claim that his fraternity brothers let him down,but has not acknowledge that he has let down the state of ohio. His consentual relationship with Utovich is a private matter. Well not really, did she not get a 30% pay raise and elevated job during the time period of their consentual relationship. What was the home wrecker Jesse's qualifications for this new job? how would you feel if you were up for that job against Jessica and she got it because she was sleeping with the married boss! Public employees and public money. It is outragous that the editors of the Vindicator can be hypnotized by the Marc Dann bluster. Let's give this guy a second chance to be less of a moron, how can we have a person whose sworn duty is to look out for people that cannot defend themselves and he cannot defend innocent woman in his office from a predator even when it occurred in his own house by his own friends. how can we ever trust him to protect complete strangers in the far reaches of the state of Ohio. please reconsider your position regarding second chances. sometimes we need to stand by our principles of right or wrong even if it means losing power but we keep our soul....think about it.

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