Ohio 'Family Values' Rep Leaves Office After Reports of 'Inappropriate Behavior' with Male in His Office

Thursday November 16, 2017

A married Ohio "Family Values" GOP state lawmaker resigned Wednesday amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with another man in his office.

Associated Press reports that First-term Republican state Rep. Wes Goodman, 33, of Cardington, whose campaign website touted his Christian faith and called him the "conscience of the conservative movement," issued the following statement, but provided no details about the actions that prompted his departure.

"We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life," Goodman's statement read. "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."

Goodman was quick to scrub his online presence following news of his departure. According to the New York Post, the former lawmaker's Twitter account was protected as of Thursday and his Facebook page had been scrubbed. His page on the Ohio House of Representatives' website was also no longer active as of Thursday.

Goodman is the second Ohio Republican to leave office in disgrace within a month. On October 16, Sen. Clifford Hite resigned after a sexual harassment claim was filed by a staffer who claimed he repeatedly asked her to have sex with him at his condo in Columbus.