- Dec 2006
- New Haven, CT
Conservative lawmaker resigns after consensual, 'inappropriate behavior' with a man in his office
By Jen Hayden
Thursday Nov 16, 2017 · 12:05 PM EST
Republican Ohio state legislator Wes Goodman describes himself on his Twitter bio as "Christian. American. Conservative. Republican." The self-described “family values” conservative with a history of anti-LGBTQ stances has resigned after admitting he engaged in sex with a man in his Ohio office. From The Columbus Dispatch:
Apparently someone witnessed the affair, and Republicans wasted no time demanding his resignation:State Rep. Wes Goodman, who consistently touted his faith and conservative values, abruptly resigned late Tuesday after being confronted with evidence of inappropriate conduct with another man inside his Riffe Center office, the second Ohio lawmaker to fall within a month.
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, met Tuesday afternoon with the Cardington Republican soon after the speaker became aware of an incident from weeks ago in the lawmaker’s office that, sources said, involved a male in a consensual situation.
I realize that we're going through a phase of sexual scandal and reputation/career destruction in America right now. And, nobody enjoys more than I a conservative getting caught with his pants down - and with another man, no less! But, I have a serious issue with a man's life being destroyed for a consensual sexual affair with another person of consensual age in a non-predatory circumstance and legal sexual act. Screw Trump and his self-absorbed victimization - this is truly the victim of a witchhunt.No harassment complaint, sexual or otherwise, was filed against Goodman. But someone, reportedly not a staffer, who knew of or witnessed the incident informed House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe of the situation early Tuesday afternoon.
“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office,” Rosenberger said in a statement on Wednesday. “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.”