"Jimmy Dimora has lost his moral authority," Connie Schultz writes in her column today, calling for his resignation. "Nobody with integrity trusts him anymore."
Schultz offers the best argument yet for the idea that citizens shouldn't have to wait until Dimora is charged and convicted to demand a new leader.
"It doesn't matter that Dimora has so far escaped indictment," she writes. "Federal agents raided his house. Recent documents make it clear that he is suspected of personally benefiting from public coffers, and sometimes at the expense of our poorest citizens."
The column also breaks some news: U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge agrees that Dimora should resign. "It's time for Jimmy to go, and I think he knows that," Fudge tells Schultz.
This column, like all Schultz's political writing, carries this tagline: "Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz is married to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown." Schultz has said publicly that she doesn't like the tagline, but I wonder if her marriage to a senator is one reason she can write this with authority:
"For weeks, Democratic activists and elected officials in this county have had plenty to say about Jimmy Dimora behind his back, but at the sight of a reporter, their own backs buckle. Instead of saying publicly what they whisper privately -- that the scandal swirling around Dimora has made him bad for the party and worse for the county -- they sound like the enabling siblings of a brother they fear as much as they love."
One more thing: the Plain Dealer's opinion pages are rolling out a little online activism. The online version of Schultz's column comes with this box, which you can embed in your own web pages: