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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Marc Dann, Connie Schultz, and in defense of young, smart women everywhere

Posted By on Wed, May 7, 2008 at 5:46 AM

Marc Dann isn't a threat to young women. We're a threat to him.
As calls for Attorney General Marc Dann’s resignation grew to a roar yesterday, “The Sound of Ideas” on 90.3 WCPN weighed in on the age-old subject of philandering politicians. I listened, only half-heartedly, as the experts debated whether cheating on their wives was a trait inevitably written into pols’ DNA (yes), and if anything could be done to stop it (not sure). But when Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz added her two cents about the impact of Pajamagate on women, I nearly had to pull over to keep from gagging. Schultz fretted that if Dann did not resign, she and other parents would never encourage their bright, young daughters to work in his office. And that, in turn, “means over time, the ranks will thin of young, idealistic, smart women working in the Attorney General’s office.” Huh? … Yes, Dann has admitted to having an affair. And yes, he sat silently for months as one of his top managers — who also happened to be his roommate — was accused of sexually harassing other young women in the office. In other words, it sounds like Dann was running the top legal office in the state as if it were his personal version of Superbad. However, let’s not pretend this is news to any ambitious, career-oriented woman under the age of 30. Sure, no one wants to work for a guy like Dann. But most of us, at one time or another, have worked for a guy like Dann. And we’ve survived. We are the generation that grew up discussing Monica Lewinsky’s “skills” at the dinner table. We invented The Washingtonienne and her Capitol sexploits, and we sure as hell weren’t too shocked about Eliot Spitzer. So Connie, please don’t worry about the future of young women in the attorney general’s office. Worry about the men they’ll be replacing. — Lisa Rab

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