In the last fifty years I was sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females.
"As a candidate for Governor let me save my opponents some research time", O'Neill added.
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, the first woman to hold that position, also condemned the post.
Ohio Democratic Chairman David Pepper also commented on the quickly escalating controversy, calling it "just a bad post" that dehumanized women and trivialized an important national conversation about rape culture and sexual assault.
O'Neill's post was immediately met with outrage from both sides of the political spectrum in OH, with most calling for him to withdraw from the governor's race immediately. He goes on to refer to a "gorgeous blonde" who was his true love, as well as a "drop dead gorgeous redhead from Cleveland". "No words can convey my shock.This gross disrespect for women shakes the public's confidence in the integrity of the judiciary".
The post drew an nearly instantaneous backlash and prompted O'Neill's campaign manager to resign. "The media is about to determine the election of a United States Senate campaign".
Ohio Supreme Court judge Bill O'Neill publicly defended Sen. The Ohio Code of Judicial Conduct requires judges running for partisan office to resign; O'Neill contends the ethics rule doesn't apply to him because he has not yet filed his petitions for candidacy, according to the Dayton Daily News. O'Neill says his point was to get the past out of the way.
O'Neill's spokesperson has reportedly stepped down.
Asked Friday whether his statements were proper for a sitting justice, O'Neill told cleveland.com that "Justice (Antonin) Scalia said that I have free speech rights".
According to OH media, Judge O'Neill must retire from the bench when his current term ends in 2019 due to age restrictions. Al Franken of sexual harassment Thursday.
O'Neill says the post grew out of frustration over Democrats' calls to remove Al Franken from the U.S. Senate over sexual misconduct allegations and a belief that the story line had gone too far.
O'Neill says he'll be out of the race if former attorney general Richard Cordray is in, which O'Neill thinks will happen in a week, since Cordray has announced he's leaving the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.