OH high court justice condemns sexual-indiscretion 'feeding frenzy,' defends 'heterosexual males'

Another candidate for OH governor is calling on state Supreme Court Justice and gubernatorial contender William O'Neill to resign over a Facebook post in which he volunteered candid details of his sexual past.

"As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time", O'Neill continued. Namely, Justice Bill O'Neill defended Al Franken and Roy Moore, all while publicly claiming he'd had sexual relationships throughout his lifetime with "approximately 50 very attractive females".

The post initially gave identifying details about women O'Neill had slept with, one of whom "he made passionate love [with] in the hayloft of her parent's barn".

Democrat William O'Neill said he was trying to dampen the "media frenzy" over sexual assault in his post, so that politicians could get back to "legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to the combat the opioid crisis". "I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago". Responses include, "Bravo you've boasted about being depraved hedonistic and misogynistic", and the simple, "Seriously?" No words can convey my shock.

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor lambasted the Facebook post in a statement later Friday, saying that "I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O'Neill's Facebook post".

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O'Neill, a Democrat, drew swift, bipartisan condemnation from OH politicians - and from the chief justice of the state's supreme court. In contrast, the OH supreme court's chief justice condemned her colleague for expressing "gross disrespect for women", and his opponents have called for his resignation.

Republican Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said it was a "crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best". "The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign".

Below is a screencap of O'Neill's edited version of the post.

He confirmed to the Ohio-based news site that he authored the post. His campaign spokesman, Chris Clevenger, condemned O'Neill's comments, calling them "both disturbing and misguided", and said he was quitting the campaign. "I think that's very, very, clear".

Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O'Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign. Tweeden's revelation was made shortly after an explosive congressional hearing on sexual harassment, which female lawmakers said is a pervasive problem on Capitol Hill.

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