An Ohio Democratic gubernatorial candidate is getting out in front of any sexual misconduct accusations that may be lodged against him. To that end, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill wrote a Facebook post on Friday about his own sexual escapades.
“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. As a candidate for Governor, let me save my opponents some research time,” he wrote, referencing recent allegations that the Minnesota Democrat sexually assaulted a woman in 2006.
“In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females. It ranged from a gorgeous personal secretary to Senator Bob Taft (Senior) who was my first true love and we made passionate love in the hayloft of her parents barn in Gallipolis and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head who was a senior advisor to Peter Lewis at Progressive Insurance in Cleveland,” O’Neill wrote.
The “gorgeous personal secretary” description was later edited to “gorgeous blonde,” according to a report in The Washington Free Beacon.
He concluded his missive by writing, “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. Peace.”
O’Neill has been seated on the Ohio Supreme Court since 2013.
O’Neill confirmed that he wrote the Facebook post during an interview with Cleveland.com. In his post, O’Neill defended Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment from seven women, including molesting a 14-year-old girl.
“Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it comes to morality,” O’Neill said. “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.”
O’Neill also noted that he wasn’t sure of the exact number of women he’d been sexually intimate with over the years because he “doesn’t keep count.”