Acting in his role as Ohio’s Attorney General, Marc Dann has a done a pretty good job especially in protecting consumers and in fighting failing charter schools.
He never seems to make the news for any of his good work, though. Only for the bad choices he and his employees make. Unfortunately, there have been A LOT of these bad choices. Add to that list the latest ‘scandal’ involving sexual harassment complaints against Anthony Gutierrez – a section chief in the AG’s office and a friend and former roommate of Dann’s.
I don’t need to go through and catalog everything for you- I’m sure there are plenty of righty blogs preparing to do that as I type this. I think it’s sufficient to say that Marc Dann appears to be hiring his friends and then letting them run wild.
I’ve spoken with multiple people who think Dann should resign. I don’t happen to agree with that.
Instead, I think he needs to clean house. And he needs to do it immediately.
This means getting rid of every employee that is a personal friend of Dann. Sleezeballs like Gutierrez need to go ASAP if it turns out the allegations are true. No paid leave. No transfers. Just gone.
And, while I often find Leo Jennings’ comments hilarious – he’s not the kind of guy you want handling your communications and he needs to go too.
Just to be safe, I’d say the AG needs to start getting rid of everyone from Youngstown – personal friends of not – just to avoid any more problems.
In addition, he needs to immediately apologize (publicly) to the two women who filed sexual harassment charges and promise to do everything he can to investigate and resolve the problem.
If it turns out the HR person/people actually did try to cover this up – make them resign.
And last but certainly not least, Dann needs to get a new scheduler. Preferably an extremely unattractive male scheduler who doesn’t have a myspace page.
Listen to me, Mr. Dann. You can’t handle any more scandals like this. You need to make some serious changes very soon if you want to have any chance of getting reelected in 2010.
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