The anti-LGBTQ Republican representative for the Ohio state legislature who resigned after being caught having sexy-time with a man in his legislative office is revealed to have been “all over Craigslist” looking for encounters with other men and it wasn’t an outreach effort for Jesus. Wes Goodman’s Twitter profile describes him as a “Christian” who is married to a woman whom he tagged in his bio. Goodman ran on a platform of family values.
Publicly, Goodman was against gay rights, but privately, the anti-LGBTQ Republican exchanged salacious texts and emails with gay men he met on Capitol Hill, and sent sexually suggestive messages to young men he met through conservative circles who were too intimidated to publicly complain about the unwanted advances, according to three people who knew him when he worked in Washington, Cleveland.com reports.
Chris Donnelly, a Republican aide, told Cleveland.com that Goodman replied to one of his posts and he said the two had a sexual encounter in 2008. He showed the site emails from an account using the name Brad Murphey — a “straight/curious” man who wanted to keep things discreet.
“Maybe we can hang and see what’s up, no expectations really,” the response said. “But your post seemed cool so let me know bro.”
Donnelly continued to say that Goodman was “all over Craigslist” and responded to several ads posted by Donnelly and other gay men.
“It became a running joke between me and my gay friends on Capitol Hill,” Donnelly said. “It’s not like it was some one-off thing.”
Goodman resigned on Thursday after Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R) heard of the allegations and confronted him, asking him to step down.
Goodman asked for privacy following the news of his resignation.
“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,” he said this past week. “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.”
With his record of voting against LGBTQ rights, I don’t think Goodman should request anything, even privacy. He should consider this a learning experience and perhaps, just maybe, make it up to the gay community.
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