18.11.17

Ohio governor candidate brags about sexual history

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Democratic Ohio gubernatorial candidate and sitting state Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill responded to the recent sexual misconduct accusations against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Friday by boasting about his own sexual history.

"Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males," O'Neill said in a Facebook post on his personal account

"In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous blonde who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland," he went on.



O'Neill confirmed to Cleveland.com that he wrote the post.

The candidate's comments come a day after a broadcaster accused Franken of kissing and groping her without consent during a 2006 USO tour, before he was a U.S. senator.

Franken issued an apology shortly after and called for the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate him.

“Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis,” O’Neill said on Facebook. “I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”

He added: “Peace.”

On Twitter, the chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party called O'Neill's comments "a terrible post," saying it trivializes an "important conversation" about respecting women.

The allegations against Franken are the latest in a series of accusations from women across the country who have come forward to accuse influential men in various fields of sexual misconduct.

Multiple women in the past week have accused Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct involving teenagers, allegations Moore denies.

The spokesperson for the gubernatorial campaign of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill resigned on Friday after the judge published a Facebook post bragging about his sexual history.

Chris Clevenger, the spokesman for the campaign, told WSAZ.com said he called O'Neill and stepped down after seeing the controversial post where O'Neill claims to have been "sexually intimate" with more than 50 "very attractive" women.

"Now that the dogs of war are calling for the head of Senator Al Franken I believe it is time to speak up on behalf of all heterosexual males," O'Neill wrote, referring to the sexual assault allegations against Franken (D-Minn.).

Clevenger called the post "disturbing and misguided."

"Sexual harassment and assault is no laughing matter. The next Governor of Ohio must take it seriously to receive my vote." Clevenger wrote on Twitter.

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