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Mon Mar 5, 2018, 04:49 PM

Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association

Source: Associated Press


Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press
Updated 3:39 pm, Monday, March 5, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker and before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general said in a column published Sunday that he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association" to protect his political career and now regrets it.

Marc Dann used his blunt admission on Cleveland.com to urge elected officials to live by their principles as the country debates gun control following the Florida school shooting Feb. 14 that killed 17 people.

"The NRA's finely tuned propaganda operation, funded by the manufacturers of assault weapons used in mass shooting after mass shooting, convinced me and hundreds of officeholders and candidates that even talking about gun safety would end their political careers as quickly as a legally acquired AR-15 snuffed out lives last Valentine's Day," Dann wrote. "The threat worked."

NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker dismissed Dann's statements as "a desperate attention-seeking ploy by a has-been politician."

Read more: https://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/Democrat-ex-official-regrets-bowing-to-NRA-12728490.php

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Reply Ex-official now regrets bowing to National Rifle Association (Original post)
Judi Lynn Mar 2018 OP
Skittles Mar 2018 #1
Stuart G Mar 2018 #2
subterranean Mar 2018 #6
True Blue American Mar 2018 #11
dsc Mar 2018 #14
regnaD kciN Mar 2018 #3
Akoto Mar 2018 #4
flibbitygiblets Mar 2018 #5
PoindexterOglethorpe Mar 2018 #7
Leith Mar 2018 #8
raccoon Mar 2018 #9
True Blue American Mar 2018 #13
hotrod0808 Mar 2018 #10
True Blue American Mar 2018 #12
ehrnst Mar 2018 #15
Paladin Mar 2018 #16

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 04:52 PM

1. I'll give him points for being honest

 

but he still has blood on his hands

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 04:55 PM

2. k and r....someone finally admits the truth...late..yes..but this is important.

An amazing paragraph:


"The NRA's finely tuned propaganda operation, funded by the manufacturers of assault weapons used in mass shooting after mass shooting, convinced me and hundreds of officeholders and candidates that even talking about gun safety would end their political careers as quickly as a legally acquired AR-15 snuffed out lives last Valentine's Day," Dann wrote. "The threat worked."

That means he is saying that the NRA helped to end this person's career. I know little about him. I wonder what the particulars are. How, When, and What are the facts on his statement?

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 05:27 PM

6. What he means is the threat convinced him to play ball with the NRA.

His resigned as attorney general was due to pressure following a sexual harassment scandal involving his aides and his own extramarital affair with a member of his staff.

I don't know why he is coming out with this statement now, 10 years after he left office. I guess he saw that the tide of public opinion on gun control is shifting, so he decided it was now safe to say he regrets carrying water for the NRA.

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Response to subterranean (Reply #6)

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 03:02 PM

11. Marc Dann

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Whole career was engulfed in scandal. Now,like Kasich, Dann is now a good boy.

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20170814/marc-dann-i-was-jerk-as-ohio-attorney-general

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Response to Stuart G (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 7, 2018, 10:08 AM

14. No they didn't he did that all by himself

He was incompetent (he literally had a client convicted of a law that no longer existed and had no idea) and then he had a sexual harassment scandal. He richly deserved to go.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 05:05 PM

3. Of course, he's an "ex-official"...

...because no one with an ongoing career in politics would dare make such an admission.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 05:22 PM

4. I think admissions like these are important. I'll take them where we can get them.

He admits straight up that he was in the pocket of the NRA, and it was because he felt that he and others were effectively being coerced to either comply or face the end of their careers.

The more politicians we get to make an admission like that, ex or otherwise, the less dominance the NRA has over the echo chamber.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 05:23 PM

5. Was it his complicity in murdered kids?

And why do congresscritters only grow a spine and a conscience once they don't have to worry about re-election?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 06:04 PM

7. Gosh, just like all the Trump voters who

are regretting when they realize he doesn't give a flying fuck about them. Unfortunately, we *all* have to live with this poor judgement. Only in the case of Marc Dann, some people get to die from his poor judgement.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 06:15 PM

8. So He Admits That His Political Career Was Worth More Than People's Lives

Huh. Nice to know.

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Response to Leith (Reply #8)

Mon Mar 5, 2018, 06:40 PM

9. Only difference between him and many others, he admitted it. nt

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Response to Leith (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 7, 2018, 04:20 AM

13. He did not lose his office

Because he backed the NRA. Dann lost his office because he was involved in many scandals.

Reminds me of the Moderate Republican, John Kasich. John won his first election by 2% because voters blamed Strickland for the Bush recesssion.

John then tried to kill Public Unions, voters reacted, bit his head off with petitions,then at the ballot box.

Now Kasich is that wonderful Moderate, good Christian you see on the TV! Spare me, John

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 12:52 PM

10. I remember this asshole

Total betrayal of what Ohioans wanted, and he did it in a naked attempt to win Taft/Boehner/Kascich voters. He's a horrible human being.

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Response to hotrod0808 (Reply #10)

Tue Mar 6, 2018, 03:03 PM

12. Thumbs up.👍

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 08:07 AM

15. If only more who had the endorsement of the NRA would come clean and rebuke it.

Especially sitting politicians...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Mar 12, 2018, 08:27 AM

16. Take your NRA regrets and shove them up your ass, Marc Dann.

Trying to act courageous and principled, now that the gun lobby can't impact your political career? Go fuck yourself.

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