Earlier this week, if you had gone to the (now defunct) website of straight, married, 33-year-old Ohio Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, you might’ve seen that the Christian social conservative espouses family values like “committed natural marriage” between a “loving father and mother.” Considering his anti-gay stance, it’s hardly surprising that he recently resigned amid reports of “inappropriate conduct with another man” in his taxpayer-funded office.
Now that his website and social media accounts have all either been taken down or set to “private,” Goodman may have just become the latest in a long list of anti-LGBT Republican politicians who’ve gotten caught fooling around with men. Others include Larry Craig, Ken Mehlman, Jim West, Mark Foley and Randy Boehning.
However, Wes Goodman’s colleagues aren’t saying what the “inappropriate conduct” was exactly — drugs? sex? pirating movies? Nevertheless, multiple news sources have mentioned that several of his legislative peers have recently resigned under allegations of sexual misconduct.
Also, “inappropriate” in this case doesn’t seem to mean “nonconsensual.” The other man was reportedly not a staffer or other legislative member. Someone who knew about the inappropriate conduct told the State House Chief of Staff Mike Dittoe on Tuesday afternoon.
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Nobody filed a harassment complaint, sexual or otherwise, against Goodman, but the legislator resigned later Tuesday evening anyway.
In a statement, Wes Goodman said:
We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service. For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.
Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenburger called Goodman’s resignation, “the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.”
Featured image by Wes Goodman