Hours after Ohio judge and gubernatorial candidate Bill O'Neill bragged about bedding "approximately 50 very attractive females" in defense of allegations of harassment against Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), the candidate's campaign manager has resigned.
Chris Clevenger, O'Neill's former campaign manager, wrote in a Twitter thread announcing his resignation that the candidate's comments about the women he's had sex with were "both disturbing and misguided."
The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot… https://t.co/flblUj3CnX— Christopher Clevenger-Morris (@Christopher Clevenger-Morris) 1510944428.0
In O'Neill's since-edited post, the Ohio Supreme Court Judge wrote his post "on behalf of all heterosexual males" -- a comment Clevenger, who is gay, told Cleveland's Plain Dealer newspaper took him aback.
Ohio Democrat Supreme Court Justice and candidate for Governor Bill O’Neill’s FB post. Us heterosexual males do no… https://t.co/gZ9kzfR6Gz— Jai Chabria (@Jai Chabria) 1510938992.0
As the Plain Dealer noted in their article breaking the news of O'Neill's post, the judge has also defended Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore in allegations of sexual misconduct made against him.
"Roy Moore apparently seems to be a challenged individual when it comes to morality," O'Neill said. "I think that's very, very clear. He's been convicted of nothing and he's never had the opportunity to defend himself and that violates due process in America. The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign."
"Sexual harassment and assault are no laughing matter," Clevenger wrote in a subsequent tweet. "The next governor of Ohio must take it seriously to receive my vote."
@BillForOhio Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O’Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign. I have… https://t.co/518ft40hpz— Christopher Clevenger-Morris (@Christopher Clevenger-Morris) 1510944533.0