May 4, 2008
Ohio Has Elected a Buffoon as Its State Attorney General
Marc Dann is Ohio's Attorney General and he is a buffoon. We elected him on his populist rants and an anti-Republican vote stemming from corruption in then Governor Taft's office. He became the darling of the national media because he was the "next Spitzer" - the controversial ex-State Attorney General in New York who took on major played in the New York financial community. [Spitzer did a good job as Attorney General and then, as governor of New York, resigned over revelations that he hired expensive sex workers.] But, in some ways, Dann is not Spitzer -- Spitzer is smart. Dann's rants began to show an indiscriminate attack on anything to do with business and an appalling lack of economic sense. Anything successful in business was bad and deserving of attack. He ,for example, wanted to grandstand by going after out-of-state investment banks for the sub-prime mess (who securitized mortgage loans, a process he did not understand) -- the "big fish" when, as a state official, he should go after in-state mortgage brokers who misled in-state borrowers. He ranted about federal anti-trust enforcement, again without economic training or sophistication. A State Attorney General has to know who to got after -- he has limited resources and many potential targets. Good judgment is key -- Spitzer had it, at least in his prosecution targets, Dann does not. In any event, Dann is now in trouble for personal sexual indiscretion and for the sexual indiscretion of his top staff. His office atmosphere was incredibly crass and crude. He refuses to resign. Great. Unfortunately, being a buffoon or a bore is not grounds for impeachment.
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Not to mention he was less than forthcoming initially regarding the extent of his relationship with a subordinate. I hope they nail him on perjury charges.
Posted by: BenC. | May 6, 2008 8:38:20 AM