Ohio Supreme Court justice offers the worst response to Al Franken allegations
- Author: Essie Rivera Nov 18, 2017,
Nov 18, 2017, 0:12
Betty Sutton, a Democrat who, like O'Neill, is running for governor, tweeted that she was "appalled" by O'Neill's remarks.
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.
"In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females", O'Neill wrote.
Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper also commented on the quickly escalating controversy, calling it "just a awful post" that dehumanized women and trivialized an important national conversation about rape culture and sexual assault.
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".
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, a democrat who is also running against O'Neill for OH governor, tweeted that O'Neill should resign.
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".
UPDATE, 11/17/2017: O'Neill's campaign manager says he's resigned. "This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary". He won election as an appellate judge 20 years ago with just 50 percent of the vote, then launched a series of campaigns for Congress and the Ohio Supreme Court that ended with him getting blown out every time - until 2012, that is, when he happened to be running in a presidential election year. And not a day before. It sickens me that guys like you are held up as role models.
There are now about 99 cases pending before the Court. As I indicated this week, I have already voluntarily informed the Court I will not be sitting on any new cases from this point forward. As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time. Anything short of that act is constitutionally protected free speech, which has been ratified by none other than the late great Justice Antonin Scalia. Of course, because you can see the history of post edits on Facebook, nothing has been lost.
Republican Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also a candidate for governor, says his "crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best".
O'Connor did not say anything about whether O'Neill should resign, and a court spokeswoman did not respond to a follow-up email.
Connie Pillich, who is also running for governor, agreed the justice should resign, tweeting, "there's nothing amusing about sexual assault".