Ohio Supreme Court Justice's Facebook Post Is Raising Eyebrows

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who recently declared his intention to run for governor is defending "heterosexual males" amid mounting accusations of sexual misconduct.

Connie Pillich, who is also running for governor, agreed the justice should resign, tweeting, "there's nothing amusing about sexual assault".

O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations and his belief that the story line was taking accounts of people's "sexual indiscretions" too far. In the process, O'Neill described his own sexual history, which he proclaimed included sex with "approximately" 50 partners over the course of the past 50 years.

Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper also commented on the quickly escalating controversy, calling it "just a bad post" that dehumanized women and trivialized an important national conversation about rape culture and sexual assault.

I condemn in no uncertain terms Justice O'Neill's Facebook post.

Ohio Democratic Party spokeswoman Kirstin Alvanitakis said O'Neill missed the point about the national dialogue happening over sexual assault.

Several leading OH women are condemning a state Supreme Court justice and gubernatorial candidate for writing a Facebook post that containing candid details of his sexual past with "approximately 50" women.

O'Neill's spokesperson has reportedly stepped down.

In the post, the OH gubernatorial candidate talks about being sexually intimate with "approximately 50 very attractive females", and said he was "disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago".

Republican Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor said it was a "crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best".

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".

He confirmed to the Ohio-based news site that he authored the post.

And though there are calls for him to resign, he says there's no way. The former being "personal secretary to Senator Bob Taft (Senior)", while the latter he said "was a senior advisor to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland". His campaign spokesman, Chris Clevenger, condemned O'Neill's comments, calling them "both disturbing and misguided", and said he was quitting the campaign. "I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago".


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