Marc Dann quits as Ohio AG

By JULIE CARR SMYTH Associated Press Writer COLUMBUS
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

By JULIE CARR SMYTH

Associated Press Writer

COLUMBUS

Facing possible impeachment, Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann has resigned amid the scandal of a sexual harassment investigation in his office and his extramarital affair.

Dann, 46 and a Democrat, led the state on a 10-day odyssey, at first refusing to resign despite demands by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland and others within his party, a growing number of investigations into conduct at his office, and the filing Tuesday of articles of impeachment against him.

Dann said it was necessary to leave to preserve the ability of the office to carry out the priorities he established.

''It is now clear to me that the only way to protect these priorities for the office of attorney general and for the people of Ohio is to remove myself from the stituation,'' he said.

Dann spoke for less than three minutes and left Strickland's ceremonial Statehouse room without taking questions.

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