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Bill O’Neill’s campaign manager resigns following controversial Facebook post

November 17, 2017 GMT

Bill O’Neill’s campaign manager resigns following controversial Facebook post

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Bill O’Neill’s gubernatorial campaign manager has resigned following a Facebook post where O’Neill talked about his sex life in response to sexual harassment allegations against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken.

Chris Clevenger, the campaign manager for the Ohio Supreme Court Justice, said in a series of tweets he was leaving the campaign. Clevenger said he is also a victim of sexual assault, but told cleveland.com he doesn’t know if O’Neill was aware of that.

“I’m a homosexual male and the fact that his post led with, ‘On behalf of all heterosexual males,’ I was a bit taken aback,” Clevenger added.

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The comments made today by @BillForOhio were both disturbing and misguided. As a victim of sexual assault, I cannot in good faith remain a part of #TeamONeill.— Chris Clevenger (@ChrisEClevenger) November 17, 2017

Moments ago I was able to contact Justice O’Neill to announce my resignation from the campaign. I have been out of pocket all day, and had no prior knowledge of his statement.— Chris Clevenger (@ChrisEClevenger) November 17, 2017

Sexual harassment and assault is no laughing matter. The next Governor of Ohio must take it seriously to receive my vote.— Chris Clevenger (@ChrisEClevenger) November 17, 2017

In the Facebook post, O’Neill talked about what he said are his sexual exploits. In an interview with cleveland.com, O’Neill confirmed he was the author of the post and defended them.

O’Neill has been widely condemned, including calls for his resignation. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor also criticized him in a statement.