Dann Cancels Appearances; Hires Consultant

Attorney General Marc Dann is gearing up for a fight to stay in office.
10 Investigates on Thursday learned that the embattled Attorney General has hired a political consultant from Texas who specializes in political counter-attacks.
Dann's office said the consultant will defend Dann from any effort to remove him from office, 10 Investigates' Paul Aker reported.
Last week, an internal investigation into sexual harassment claims by two of Dann's staffers resulted in the removal of three top attorney general aides.
Dann also admitted to an affair with an employee in his office.
Earlier this week top Democrats, including Gov. Ted Strickland, asked Dann to resign or face impeachment.
Ohio's largest union, the AFL-CIO, also called for Dann's resignation this week.
The union said Dann was a disgrace who must resign from his position, Aker reported.
In the meantime, Dann has canceled all public appearances.
Dann failed to show Thursday at Easton Town Center where he was scheduled to speak to a group of attorneys, Aker reported.
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."
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Previous Stories:

May 7, 2008: Employee: Dann Should Resign
May 6, 2008: Calls For Dann's Impeachment Soften
May 5, 2008: Dann Working Despite Calls To Resign
May 3, 2008: Democrats Call For Dann To Leave Office
May 2, 2008: 3 Aides Ousted; AG Admits Affair
April 30, 2008: Dan Staffer Claims Someone Ransacked Her Office
April 29, 2008: Suspended AG Administrator Tied Into Other Crash
April 23, 2008: Gutierrez To Face Second Investigation
April 22, 2008: Police: No Criminal Charges Filed In Sexual Harassment Case
April 18, 2008: Man In Sexual Harassment Investigation Had Previous Legal Problems
April 17, 2008: Technical Glitches Arise In Sexual Harassment Case
April 16, 2008: New Details Emerge In Sexual Harassment Case
April 14, 2008: Attorney General Puts Director On Leave
April 9, 2008: Attorney General Addresses Claims Against Services Director
April 8, 2008: Attorney General Staffers File Federal Complaint
April 7, 2008: Attorney General Suspends Director Amid Sexual Harassment Claims