Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate Justice Bill O’Neill is facing calls to resign from the state Supreme Court after announcing his sexual escapades in an unprovoked Facebook post. The post in question contained lured details of various “sexual relationships with at least 50 women” in his life.
Bill O’Neill’s Facebook post reads as follows and is posted below:
“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 heterosexual males. As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time. 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 who was a senior advisor to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland.”
“Now can we get back to discussing legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to combat the opioid crisis. I am sooooo disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago.”
Ohio gubernatorial candidate Nan Whaley (D-OH) weighed in with her condemnation via Twitter a short time after Justice O’Neill posted the rant:
“Sexual harassment, degrading and devaluing women is not a joke. Justice O’Neill should resign.”
“As an attorney I am appalled at these remarks of @billforohio, a Justice, as a democrat I’m horrified he would belittle victims of sexual harassment/assault this way and as a woman I’m outraged he would equate sexual assault with indiscretion. He should resign immediately.”
Justice Bill O’Neill posted the sex-bio in response to calls from within his own party for Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to resign in the midst of sexual harassment allegations. Senator Franken was accused this past week of sexual harassment in that he posed for an incriminating photo groping radio host Leeann Tweeden’s breasts without consent and while she was asleep.
Justice Bill O’Neill would then defend not only the sexually charged Facebook post, but both Al Franken and Roy Moore. Below are comments from Justice Bill O’Neill to Cleveland.com
“Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it comes to morality. I think that’s very, very clear. He’s been convicted of nothing and he’s never had the opportunity to defend himself and that violates due process in America. The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign.”
Roy Moore stands accused by multiple women stemming from alleged incidents that occurred almost 40 years prior; accusations that include an illicit encounter with a minor.
The initial post included personal information on numerous women that Bill O’Neill would later delete however, the damage was already done. The post was met with a cavalcade of criticism from both sides of the aisle, including the Democratic National Committee. A spokesperson for the DNC, Kristen Alvanitakis, issued the following statement to Fox News regarding Justice Bill O’Neill’s post:
“We are having a serious national conversation about rape culture and sexual harassment, and it’s crucial for men to take time to listen to women and consider their experiences and insights. Unfortunately, Justice O’Neill’s Facebook comments that dehumanize women add nothing to the conversation, which is actually about harassment and abuse, not encounters between consenting adults.”
As it currently stands, there have been three five Democrats and four Republicans that have announced their bids for the Ohio gubernatorial race. The Ohio gubernatorial race will be crowded to say the least, which is why Justice O’Neill’s post was rather bewildering. Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh described O’Neill’s post as “a double dare to go find somebody who did not enjoy it with him.”
On Saturday Justice Bill O’Neill issued an apology for his Facebook post that read the following:
“If I offended anyone, particularly the women in my life, I apologize.”
In essence it seems Justice O’Neill has pulled arrows from his own quiver and handed them over to his opponents; arrows that will surely be used against him as campaigning for the Ohio gubernatorial race begins to heat up.