Ohio Gov candidate apologizes for bragging about sexual history
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill apologized on Saturday for posting on Facebook a day earlier bragging about his sexual exploits.
O’Neill, who is running for Ohio governor as a Democrat, received massive backlash Friday for detailing his sexual history with “50 very attractive females,” in response to mounting sexual misconduct allegations against prominent political figures.
He apologized on Saturday in a Facebook post, qualifying his apology by saying he is not sorry if his Facebook post served to “elevate the discussion” about sexual assault, “as opposed to personal indiscretions.”
“If I offended anyone, particularly the wonderful women in my life, I apologize,” he wrote on Facebook Saturday. “But if I have helped elevate the discussion on the serious issues of sexual assault, as opposed to personal indiscretions, to a new level…I make no apologies.”
O’Neill also offered a defense of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), who has come under fire in recent days after allegations emerged that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman in 2006, saying that the allegations against him are far less serious than those against GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore.
“Suggesting the admitted conduct of Senator Al Franken and the alleged conduct of Judge Roy Moore are on the same level trivializes the serious subject at hand,” O’Neill wrote.
“There are Democrats out there who are saying neither one of them pass the purity test to sit in the United States Senate. And that is sad,” he added.
Numerous women have accused Moore over the past week of unwanted sexual advances, in many cases while they were teenagers and he was in his 30s. One of his accusers was 14 at the time of an alleged encounter with Moore.
Moore has vehemently denied most of the allegations against him, and has declined to withdraw from Alabama’s special Senate election, despite calls by dozens of GOP officials to do so.
Franken, however, has apologized for his actions, and has said he supports calls from fellow lawmakers to launch an ethics investigation into his past behavior.
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