State Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill said in a Facebook post on Friday that in light of the recent allegations against Sen. O'Neill wrote in the post that his intent is to draw attention to the feeding frenzy surrounding the indiscretions of some political leaders, and he writes that he's saving his opponents some research time.
Several prominent politicians sharply criticized O'Neill's comments, including Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor. He wrote that the women included "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland.
In the post, the OH gubernatorial candidate talks about being sexually intimate with "approximately 50 very attractive females", and said he was "disappointed by this national feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions decades ago".
Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, has been accused of forcibly kissing a fellow entertainer in 2006 while practicing a skit on a USO tour. It has been shortened from a previous version with more identifying information about two women he mentioned.
"No words can convey my shock", O'Connor wrote. "This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary", it concluded.
"There's a very serious conversation going on right now in this country about sexual harassment and @BillForOhio's crass post is ill-timed and dismissive at best".
In his first interview since the post, O'Neill told FOX 8 he understood his comments caused a firestorm. O'Neill is also a retired United States Army lieutenant colonel and served in the Vietnam War.
"As an attorney, I'm appalled at these remarks of a Supreme Court Justice", Sutton said.
But many were particularly offended that O'Neill purported to be "speaking for all heterosexual males". In the post, he derided, what he called, the "feeding frenzy about sexual indiscretions from decades ago" that is now so prevalent in the news.
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. O'Neill argues he will not be a "candidate" under that rule until he files the necessary paperwork in February.
O'Neill has previously said he will drop out of the race if Richard Cordray decides to run.