State Rep. Dan Dodd (District 91) Brings Wrong Award to a High School, Publicly Belittles Aide
I can’t believe I missed this story last week, but State Rep. Dan Dodd of Hebron truly embarrassed himself in front of high school students last week.
It wasn’t quite Matthew Barrett-level embarrassment, but it is still one of the dumbest recent Statehouse stories I’ve heard. Good grief Dan, you are an idiot:
Several weeks ago State Representative, Dan Dodd (D-91st District) contacted Principal Tim Williams of Logan Elm High School.
He informed Principal Williams that he had an award he wanted to present to Johnnie Brown.
Representative Dodd wanted to present Johnnie this award at an all school assembly.
Principal Williams did not want to disrupt the entire student body and opted to have the award given to Johnnie in the library in front of a government class and his family.
On Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, Representative Dodd said this was a very prestigious award that not many people get. He then gave Johnnie the award.
The representative handed the award to Johnnie and it appeared he wanted Johnnie to read it instead of the presenter (Rep. Dodd), like it should have been done.
Johnnie is a very humble and somewhat shy person. Vice Principal Hreha jumped up and said he would read it.
Mr. Hreha began reading the award and stopped when he got to a name that was not Johnnie Brown. The award was for someone else.
Representative Dodd appeared to be confused and said that his aide must have put the wrong award in the box in his car. He made a joke to the fact that his aide might join the unemployed people in the state.
Even though it was the wrong award, a photo was taken with Johnnie and Representative Dodd.
After the picture, Rep. Dodd asked if there were any questions.
A senior government student asked, “What is the award for?”
Representative Dodd could not answer the student and said he did not know.
This elected official was giving an award to a student and had no idea what it was about, “but it was important,” an award, important enough to try and get the principal of a high school to interrupt the entire student body to present.
It was a very embarrassing moment and the entire library could not believe what had happened and erupted into laughter.
Bringing the wrong award is a mistake. Not knowing what the award was about is total incompetence.
The people of the 91st district elected this man to represent them and make laws for the state of Ohio.
It is this father’s humble opinion the 91st District has the wrong representative.
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