Another one bites the dust.
Roy Moore may be hanging in there in Alabama, and will probably actually win, because, well — Alabama. But the Republican party was also recently hit by another scandal, admittedly on a lower level, in Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch reported on November 15 that Ohio state representative Wesley Goodman had resigned his seat due to a case of “inappropriate conduct.” Goodman, who represented the 87th House District in the north central part of the state, was a staunch anti-gay, pro-god conservative. But he won’t have the opportunity to carry on the lord’s work in the Ohio legislature anymore, thanks to what is being described as an incident that involved “a male in a consensual situation.”
Details are sketchy, but we know this much from the Dispatch story. There were no harassment or ethics complaints filed against Goodman. The other man involved was reportedly not a staffer or anyone employed by the legislature. The incident, which took place several weeks ago in Goodman’s office, was reported to House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe by someone who had seen it or been told about it.
Yes, it’s another case of “don’t do as I do, do as I say” from a Republican who wants you to think he knows Jesus on a first name basis.
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House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, a fellow Republican, issued a statement on Wednesday regarding Goodman’s situation.
I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his [Goodman’s] involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office. I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations. It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.
While Alabama Republicans seem to be largely ok with a senate candidate with a fondness for little girls, Ohio Republicans quickly went to work to remove any evidence that Goodman had ever been in the state legislature. Goodman’s campaign site, which just a month ago proudly proclaimed him as having developed “pro-family and pro-liberty policies” during his time working for Tea Party congressman Jim Jordan, is now a blank page. Goodman’s Facebook account has been taken down. Ballotpedia already lists the 87th district seat as “vacant.” And when you try to visit Goodman’s page at the Ohio state legislature site, you are greeted with a message that an error occurred.
It looks like the error is mainly that Goodman hasn’t been honest with himself or voters about his sexual orientation.
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