Ohio State Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill is something of an eccentric character. After repeated unsuccessful campaigns for Congress and for Ohio's Supreme Court, the Democrat shocked everyone when he won his current seat in 2012. He knocked off a Republican incumbent despite promising to take no campaign contributions, in part thanks to backlash against a scorched-earth Republican campaign ad against him, accusing him of expressing sympathy for rapists.
Speaking of which, O'Neill is in the news again today for his um...unorthodox response to the current controversy over alleged sexual harassment or assault by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, Judge Roy Moore, and other powerful men.
O'Neill, who is currently a longshot candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, felt this would be a good time to go big. And so he made a Facebook post (and he confirmed to the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he is the one who actually wrote it) bragging about having had sex with 50 different women in the last 50 years.
Because...yeah, of course, that's a perfectly natural way to respond to allegations of sexual assault and harassment.
In his Facebook post, O'Neill described two of them in enough detail that surely someone tied into Ohio politics knows who they are. He used the occasion to complain that all of this talk about various men's caddish behavior as distracting from issues dearer to his heart, such as the legalization of marijuana, which he may or may not have been sampling in copious quantities at the time he put this up online:
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 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. 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."
O'Neill has since edited his post, perhaps recognizing that the punctuation in the above is simply atrocious.