Then Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, left, talks with Bill O'Neill (right) during a visit with supporters at the Democratic party headquarters. Photo: Amy Sancetta / AP
One of Ohio's Supreme Court Justices, Bill O'Neill, responded to the controversy around Al Franken's 2006 behavior with a revealing Facebook post about his own sexual past, which he crafted to "save my opponents some research time" by revealing himself that he "was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females" in the last 50 years.
Why it matters: O'Neill is a sitting member of a state Supreme Court and he's running as a Dem candidate for governor of Ohio in 2018. His response doesn't take seriously the allegations against Franken (and therefore similar claims against men from many years ago, like Roy Moore). He referred to the latest news as a "national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago," and suggested other issues (like legalizing marijuana) are more important.
"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. 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 from 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.