Nov 17, 2017

Ohio Supreme Court Justice reveals sexual history with "50 very attractive females"

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.

His full response:

"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.


Go deeper

Private companies cut 2.8 million jobs in May

Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Private companies shed 2.8 million U.S. jobs last month, according to a report from payroll processor ADP and Moody’s Analytics.

Why it matters: It's way less than the nearly 9 million private sector jobs economists estimated would be lost in May, suggesting layoffs during the coronavirus crisis could be slowing sooner than Wall Street expected.

The growing focus on environmental justice could influence Biden's platform

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The killing of George Floyd in police custody and protests against systemic racism are prompting many green groups to declare their support for racial justice, and one thing to watch now is how this all might influence Joe Biden's platform.

Driving the news: Even before the recent mass upheaval in response to Floyd's death, Biden said he was expanding outreach and eyeing wider plans around environmental justice, or the disproportionate pollution burdens facing poor communities and people of color.

4 hours ago - Technology

The slippery slope of protest surveillance

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's call to treat antifa supporters like terrorists could be a green light for high-tech surveillance of dissidents.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Trump administration can designate antifa as a terrorist group in any legally meaningful way, but the declaration gives law enforcement tacit approval to use a plethora of tech tools to monitor protesters and left-leaning activists.