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O'Neill, a Democrat, drew swift, bipartisan condemnation from OH politicians - and from the chief justice of the state's supreme court. Cordray has announced he is resigning as director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since that time, Cordray resigned that post and it looks like he will throw his hat in that ring.

In his first interview since the post, O'Neill told FOX 8 he understood his comments caused a firestorm.

"As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time", O'Neill continued. He's amended his initial post - which offered information that could reveal the identities of his past partners.

"I am sooooo disappointed by this feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago", O'Neill wrote. 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. He goes on to refer to a "gorgeous blonde" who was his true love, as well as a "drop dead gorgeous redhead from Cleveland".

Democrat William O'Neill said he was trying to dampen the "media frenzy" over sexual assault in his post, so that politicians could get back to "legalizing marijuana and opening the state hospital network to the combat the opioid crisis".

The Ohio Democratic Party responded in a statement by saying "Justice O'Neill's Facebook comments that dehumanize women add nothing to this important conversation, which is actually about harassment and abuse, not encounters between consenting adults". "This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary".

Geyh said he was "a bit on the fence" on how to react to O'Neill's post from a potential misconduct angle.

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".

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.

"The biggest takeaway for me is that there is something very uncomfortable seeming about a judge who is simultaneously sitting as judge and running for elected office", Geyh said. 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.


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