Redfern makes good on his promise

Prior to state Dem leadership calling upon Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann to resign or be impeached, I criticized the Democrats, and mentioned Redfern by name, for being slow to break their silence.  Kevin DeWine, deputy chair of the Ohio Republican Party had already staked out a position.

This past Monday, Chris Redfern was among Ohio’s Democrat leaders that signed a letter addressed to Marc Dann expressing their displeasure and asking for his resignation or face impeachment.  Later, it was revealed that the Ohio Democrat Party had removed all mentions of Dann from its website and Redfern caused a stir in the blogosphere indicating that the party would no longer endorse Dann.  Today, the Ohio Democrat Party is holding a convention and the news has already come out that the votes are in, and the ODP has officially stripped Dann of the endorsement they gave him in 2006.

The noose is tightening, Marc Dann.

While Redfern has carried out the ultimatum made by the ODP, there is still one thing that remains that continues to stick in my craw.  Since Marc Dann has refused to resign, the state Dem leadership promised to begin impeachment proceedings in the Ohio House.  So far, the impeachment process has not yet begun.

I’m extremely disappointed.  Perhaps I’ll complain to my state representative.  Oh, by the way, I currently live in Sandusky, so that means that my state rep is . . . CHRIS REDFERN!!!!!

Ahem . . . !

In Barrett’s wake: Barrett leaves law firm; replacement search extended

The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Lorain Morning Journal have reported that former state rep Matt Barrett no longer works at the law firm of Miraldi and Barrett, his father’s firm.

The Ohio House 58th District replacement search committee of the Ohio House Democratic Caucus has extended their deadline for application submissions by a week.  There were seven original applicants, but only three actually resided in the district.  The three current applicants each come from a different county in a district that includes the eastern third of Seneca County, all of Huron County, and the parts of Lorain County that are west and south of Oberlin (which is in the 56th District).  From Attica in Seneca County is Mary Fleure, whose occupation is senior caretaker.  I have not met her, and her name is not widely recognized.  From Norwalk in Huron County is a retired judge, Thomas Heydinger.  I’ve opined that his appointment would make the most sense to me.  From Amherst in Lorain County is Frank Janik, an assistant county prosecutor.  I featured Janik in a prior blog entry, as well.

Lorain newspaper: Dann can no longer be AG

The Morning Journal published an editorial stepping up their demand that Dann resign or be impeached. I really liked this passage the most:

“Ohioans cannot allow the politicians in Columbus to go weak-kneed now and let him off the hook with legalistic mumblings and excuse-making.”

It’s nice to know that the newspaper in Lorain has an opposite view on impeachment than Lorain’s state rep, Joe Koziura does. By the way, voters of the 56th District have a choice in November. They can vote for Stipe.

Pho on the stalled effort to impeach Marc Dann

Pho offers thoughtful analysis of why Dann hasn’t been impeached yet, even though state Democrat leaders promised to.  I’m not convinced of the need for further evidence against Ohio AG Marc Dann, and I think my prior post and my comments at Pho’s post provide the gist of why I think impeachment out to go forward in an expedited manner.