1. Is it really okay for a public servant, elected by the people of Ohio, to work for the people of Ohio, on behalf of the people of Ohio to tell the people of Ohio, via a news media outlets’ attempts to report:
“Is the attorney general available for an interview today?” NBC 4‘s Mikaela Hunt asked.
“No,” said Spokesman Ted Hart.
“What is he doing today that he’s not available for an interview?” Hunt asked.
“He’s in a series of meetings,” Hart said.
“What is he meeting on today?” Hunt asked.
“It’s routine work of the office,” Hart said.
[independent consultant to handle any media questions about the impeachment process or calls for his resignation Jason] Standford said that as soon as Dann is ready to talk, he will talk. [emphasis added]
Hmm, no, I’m thinking, the people I elected and I pay for talk when I need them to talk. Not when he tells me he is ready to talk. I don’t care how they try to compartmentalize it.
2. Here’s a variation on the same theme re: he wants to make judgements and tell us that that’s what he gets to do. Guess what? You blew your chance at making judgements we trust – does Marc Dann really not get that yet? From WBNS:
The Attorney General’s spokesman, Ted Hart, said Dann was not hiding from the public, but using his time to restore the public’s trust following the scandal.
“Is he hiding? Is he hiding from the public and is he hiding from the media since the call for his resignation? Aker asked.
“Absolutely not,” Hart said. “He stood here and addressed the media a week ago for close to an hour until there were no more questions.”
“He’s not hiding,” Hart said. “He’s doing what he thinks is best right now.” [emphasis added]
Is that some kind of surreal joke? Does Hart mean, like, all the other times he though he was doing what he thought was best? O.M.G.
3. The Tribune Chronicle from Sunday, 5/4/08, outlines how the complaints began to arise last fall and how it is that, when you hire cronies, they may not act in the best interests of anyone but the person who hired them.
4. Progress Ohio post by Jane Schiff that argues that Dann should stay.
5. Dayton Daily News reports that Dann’s campaign fund will “undergo routine audit.”
6. From the wayback machine, the Youngstown Vindicator puzzles in print over Dann’s hiring choices – 1/7/07.
7. I did see this when it was first published, but Modern Esquire does a nice job highlighting the gall.
8. Ohio’s largest union, the Ohio AFL-CIO, which endorsed Dann in 2006, seeks his resignation.
9. The Cincinnati Enquierer has started the Dann Death Watch. I think the Daily Dann is much more neutral.
10. Chris Baker makes a well-reasoned but still not convincing argument at Ohio Daily Blog for why Dann isn’t technically impeachable and what really needs to be done.
11. An interesting two-fer from the Columbus Dispatch:
b. Impeach him
12. I’ll end with a post from The Daily Briefing, the Dispatch’s blog, that includes my favorite you must be kidding quote. I’m sure you can figure out what it is.
13. Late addition in video from Channel 5 (WLWT): State Rep. Tom Brinkman (R) is concerned about making Dann a martyr? For what or who? Adulterers? Also in there, Dann’s intention to remain a Democrat even if the ODP this weekend succeeds in efforts to rescind its support during its annual convention.
I didn’t know about this case before a few days ago, but according to this story at TPM from a few months ago, Office of Special Counsel head, Scott Bloch, it was known that Bloch had two thumb drives in his possession but was refusing to turn over during an investigation of him. Authorities (read: FBI) has come to believe that those drives contain files that Bloch had erased by Geeks on Call.
Today, NPR reports that those two drives were taken off of Bloch earlier this week when the FBI raided the Office of Special Counsel. From the POGO Blog:
NPR HAS LEARNED THAT THE SEARCH OF SPECIAL COUNSEL SCOTT BLOCH’S HOME AND OFFICE THIS WEEK INCLUDED A PHYSICAL SEARCH OF BLOCH’S BODY. INVESTIGATORS SEIZED TWO THUMB DRIVES FROM BLOCH WHEN THEY TOOK BOXES OF COMPUTERS AND DOCUMENTS FROM ON TUESDAY. NPR’S ARI SHAPIRO REPORTS.Criminal investigators are looking into whether Bloch destroyed evidence to obstruct an inspector general investigation into whether Bloch abused his power.
Bloch is in charge of pursuing government whistleblower complaints.
A couple years ago, Bloch hired the firm “geeks on call” to scrub his computers.
He says it was to eliminate a virus.
But investigators suspect it was to destroy evidence.
Now NPR has learned that before the scrub, Bloch saved certain electronic documents onto two portable thumb drives.
He carried those drives with him.
During the raid on Tuesday, agents physically searched Bloch and seized both drives.
Ari Shapiro, NPR News, Washington.
What on earth would be on two thumb drives that someone would carry on their person at most times, for two years?? Sigh – I suppose they could be nothing more than Matthew Barrett’s pictures.
Check out the hyperlinks in blue. More than just the word “irony” comes to mind.