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The Journal Gazette

Monday, March 05, 2018 2:40 pm

Democrat ex-official regrets bowing to NRA political muscle

Associated Press


CLEVELAND – A Democrat who helped overturn local assault weapons bans as a state lawmaker before being ousted as Ohio's attorney general says he "was in the pocket of the National Rifle Association" to protect his political career and now regrets it.

Marc Dann's blunt opinion column for urges elected officials to live by their principles as the country debates gun control following the Florida school shooting that killed 17 people.

Dann says the NRA has a "finely tuned propaganda operation" that convinces officeholders "even talking about gun safety would end their political careers," and that he now realizes he should have pushed against it.

His current candor comes a decade after he left political office following a sexual harassment scandal involving others from his office.