Ohio Supreme Court Justice Defends Controversial Facebook Post As "Appropriate"

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Democrat William O'Neill posted Friday that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females". The woman also says Franken groped her breasts while she was asleep and chronicled the misconduct in a photograph. No words can convey my shock.

The politician also added that he's "sooooo disappointed in the national feeding frenzy" and pushed to return to matters of politics.

O'Neill, who had announced his intentions to run for governor of OH in October, made headlines on Friday when he issued a Facebook post intending to defend Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who apologized on Thursday after being accused of sexual misconduct during a USO tour in 2006.

O'Neill previously served as an assistant attorney general in OH from 1984 to 1996 and founded his own private law firm, O'Neill and Brown.

UPDATE, 11/17/2017: O'Neill's campaign manager says he's resigned.

In a Facebook post Friday, O'Neill appeared to weigh in on widespread sexual harassment allegations coming to light, particularly those leveled against Minnesota Sen. In contrast, the OH supreme court's chief justice condemned her colleague for expressing "gross disrespect for women", and his opponents have called for his resignation.

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In 2012, I was elected by over 2 million Ohioans to serve on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Tweeden's revelation was made shortly after an explosive congressional hearing on sexual harassment, which female lawmakers said is a pervasive problem on Capitol Hill. It has been a privilege, and nowhere will you find even a shred of suggestion that I have done anything other than a competent, impartial and professional job. As I indicated this week, I have already voluntarily informed the Court I will not be sitting on any new cases from this point forward.

"As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time", O'Neill continued.

O'Neill's post was immediately met with outrage from both sides of the political spectrum in OH, with most calling for him to withdraw from the governor's race immediately.

State Rep. Niraj Antani, a Dayton Republican, called on him to resign and said the post was "unbecoming". "Absolutely not. We don't have robots on the bench", O'Neill said.

Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O'Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign.

Candidate Connie Pillich tweeted that while O'Neill has been a friend and donated to her campaign, he "should resign" and she will be "donating his contributions to orgs helping women".

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