October 12, 2006

Ted Strickland’s 1999 ‘Present’ Vote: Latest Developments

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:16 am


NixGuy weighs in, and slaps down a critic of Deborah Pryce.


One has to wonder if “Tirade Ted” is hearing footsteps about this. Some might think it impolite that I question the timing of this announcement by Marc Dann and Lee Fisher — but I do (with vid; site was tough to get in the early AM to due to apparent problems with Blogger; HT Buckeye State Blog [some of us have the courtesy to link]):

….. Attorney General candidate State Sen. Marc Dann (Liberty Township) and Lieutenant Governor candidate Lee Fisher (D-Cleveland) discussed Dann’s proposed legislation to fully implement the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 that was passed by Congress in July …..

Fisher was Attorney General from 1991 to 1995 and is a recognized leader in the national effort to strengthen the laws that protect children from sexual predators. He applauded Dann for taking the steps needed to bring Ohio into compliance with “Adam’s Law,” and he said that he and Rep. Ted Strickland (D-Lisbon) look forward to working with Dann as Ohio’s Attorney General to make this state the safest in the nation for children and families.

It’s not exactly a mystery why the second paragraph above leads with the Lieutenant Governor nominee’s credentials in this area.

Oh, and where was Ted? Worried about questions? Footsteps too loud?


UPDATE: This is too easy (HT Lincoln Logs), which is why I won’t take the obvious bait. The link notes that Marc Dann has occasionally defended child molesters. I don’t have a problem with that. Every accused criminal is entitled to representation, and the lawyers who defend the accused don’t deserve to be tarred for doing so unless they engage in over-the-top defense tactics, which is not being claimed (Oops, yes it is; see Update 1A).

That said, here’s what is also important at the link:

Out of 30,000 lawyers in Ohio, Dann was only one of 8 reprimanded.

In 2004, the Ohio Supreme Court took that unusual step for errors Dann made in a spousal support case.

Dann even admitted in a statement at the time he paid insufficient attention to his client’s case.

“I made a mistake and I took responsibility for it and as a result I agreed with the Supreme Court on a public reprimand.”

By the “hasn’t been publicly reprimanded” yardstick, it would appear that there are over 29,000 Ohio lawyers more qualified to be Attorney General than Marc Dann. One of them would be Betty Montgomery. At the moment, I would think that the “Don’t blame me, I voted for Chandra” folks are beside themselves.

UPDATE 1A, Oct. 13: The Montgomery campaign has put up a post with a quote from Dann that is, at best, over-the-top in defending a child-molesting client, but at worst incredibly naive about the nature of the offense:

While trying to help the child molester escape full responsibility for the crime, Dann told the judge that his client had “good intentions in trying to reach out to the young children in the neighborhood.”

Montgomery’s response, also at the post, is this: “As a lawyer, I understand that even child molesters deserve to have legal representation,” Montgomery concluded. “But that’s not the point. Marc Dann’s experience defending child molesters and minimizing their horrific crimes with words like ‘good intentions’ disqualifies him from leading Ohio’s effort to protect children and families.” Hard to disagree.

UPDATE 2: Another “coincidence” — The Fisher-Dann announcement took place the day after this press release from the Montgomery campaign.

UPDATE 3: Yesterday at Right Angle, NixGuy noted that one of Strickland’s highly-credentialed professional colleagues, who happens to be a near-household name, opposed the APA-published study in question.

UPDATE 4: Right Angle also has a link to a Bob Burney audio that is primarily about the March 17 Dayton Daily News story (saved at BizzyBlog hard drive; text obtained from ProQuest for fair use and discussion purposes) about the sexual predator on Strickland’s staff from 1997 to 1999. It also gets to the “present” vote in the final segments. On my computer at least, the audio loaded very slowly. Listen if you can.

UPDATE 5: Bill Cunningham is covering the vote on WLW today, and very validly contrasting the non-coverage of Strickland’s rip on 355 of his congressional colleagues to the saturation coverage of Jean Schmidt’s criticism of ONE congressman last year. I’m told that Bob Franz of WTAM in Cleveland is addressng this too.



  1. Amid pedophilia questions, Strickland looks for cover…

    It looks like recent criticism of Ted Strickland’s stance on pedophilia has prompted some urgent damage control by the Strickland campaign…….

    Trackback by Brain Shavings — October 12, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  2. Don’t forget that WLW is on XM Satellite Radio Chennel 173, we have to keep an eye on Ted Strickland in the race for Ohio gaverner.

    Comment by Jack — October 12, 2006 @ 1:54 pm

  3. Tom,

    Just happened to be out driving and caught your appearance on 700. You covered the Strickland issues well. Cunningham has a good sized audience. Be interesting to see if the polls move in a few days.

    Comment by LargeBill — October 12, 2006 @ 1:55 pm

  4. #3, Frantz at blowtorch WTAM in Cleveland was all over this in the AM, and Cunningham mentioned that Mike Trevisano was going to cover it in the afternoon at WTAM.

    Comment by TBlumer — October 12, 2006 @ 9:29 pm

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