Bill O’Neill, an Ohio Supreme Court justice who’s the only Democrat in the state currently holding statewide office, responded to the sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Friday with an ill-conceived Facebook post in which he bragged about sleeping with “50 very attractive females” and divulged personal details about them.
In an apparent attempt to stay a step ahead of opposition research, O’Neill — who recently launched a gubernatorial campaign — wrote, “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,” O’Neill continued. “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 [sic] barn and ended with a drop dead gorgeous red head from Cleveland.”
According to Cleveland.com, the original version of O’Neill’s post contained even more identifying details about women he claims to have slept with, including their places of employment.
Below is a screencap of O’Neill’s edited version of the post. It was still live on his unverified Facebook page as this is published.
In a comment below the post, O’Neill wrote that he “deleted all references to the women involved. That was disrespectful.”
O’Neill told the Dayton Daily News that he was indeed responsible for the post. “I did post it and I stand by it,” O’Neill told the paper.
O’Neill’s wildly inappropriate post came a day after another in which he sounded off on the Roy Moore controversy on Facebook.
“I gotta get to work. But I couldn’t help laughing out loud about a comment I heard on MSNBC this morning,” O’Neill wrote. “‘Voters in Alabama have to choose to vote between a child molester and a Democrat’ [sic] Now there’s clarity for you.”
Cleveland.com reports that a spokesman for O’Neill and the Ohio Democratic Party chairman didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
UPDATE, 11/17/2017: O’Neill’s campaign manager says he’s resigned.
Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O’Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign. I have been out of pocket all day, and had no prior knowledge of his statement.
— Chris Clevenger (@ChrisEClevenger) November 17, 2017