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Married Ohio rep steps down due to 'inappropriate behavior'

  • Republican Ohio state representative Wes Goodman stepped down Wednesday 
  • He resigned after allegations surfaced of inappropriate behavior with another man in his state-funded office 
  • The 33-year-old ran on a Conservative christian platform and believes marriage should be between one man and one woman
  • No harassment complaints have been filed and it was said to be consensual

By Abigail Miller For Dailymail.com and Associated Press

Published: 09:50 EST, 15 November 2017 | Updated: 17:13 EST, 16 November 2017

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A married Ohio state lawmaker who has said multiple times he believes in a 'natural marriage' between a man and a woman resigned Wednesday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with another man in his office.   

Republican state Representative Wes Goodman, from Cardington, didn't comment on the details about the actions that prompted his sudden departure. 

The only existing details about the behavior are that it included a male in a consensual situation, and took place several weeks ago in his state-provided office. 

That man was not employed by the legislature. 

Republican state Representative Wes Goodman resigned Wednesday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with another man in his office. The 33-year-old is pictured with his wife, Bethany Goodman
Republican state Representative Wes Goodman resigned Wednesday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with another man in his office. The 33-year-old is pictured with his wife, Bethany Goodman

Republican state Representative Wes Goodman resigned Wednesday amid allegations of inappropriate behavior with another man in his office. The 33-year-old is pictured with his wife, Bethany Goodman

No harassment complaints have been filed against the 33-year-old.  

Goodman confirmed the allegations in a statement on Wednesday.  

'We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life,' he said. 

'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.'

Republican House Speaker Clifford Rosenberger said he learned Tuesday that Goodman had engaged in 'inappropriate behavior related to his state office.'

The only existing details about the behavior are that it included a male in a consensual situation, and took place several weeks ago in his state-provided office
The only existing details about the behavior are that it included a male in a consensual situation, and took place several weeks ago in his state-provided office

The only existing details about the behavior are that it included a male in a consensual situation, and took place several weeks ago in his state-provided office

'I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations,' Rosenberger said in a statement. 

'It became clear that his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and this institution.'

Goodman is a self-identified conservative christian who previously worked as a congressional campaign staffer to Republican US Rep Jim Jordan.  

He served as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, leading 'the fight for conservative principles like balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty,' his site says.

His website also clearly outlines his belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and he has relied on these conservative values to bolster his political message and relate to voters. 

'The ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting,' the site says.  

A message seeking comment was left with Goodman. He has requested privacy moving forward.

Goodman is a self-identified conservative christian who previously worked as a congressional campaign staffer to Republican US Rep Jim Jordan
Goodman is a self-identified conservative christian who previously worked as a congressional campaign staffer to Republican US Rep Jim Jordan
He served as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, leading 'the fight for conservative principles like balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty,' his site says
He served as managing director of the Conservative Action Project, leading 'the fight for conservative principles like balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty,' his site says

Goodman is a self-identified conservative christian who previously worked as a congressional campaign staffer to Republican US Rep Jim Jordan. He is pictured in two Facebook photos with his wife Bethany 

His website also clearly outlines his belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and he has relied on these conservative values to bolster his political message and relate to voters
His website also clearly outlines his belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and he has relied on these conservative values to bolster his political message and relate to voters

His website also clearly outlines his belief that marriage is only between a man and a woman, and he has relied on these conservative values to bolster his political message and relate to voters

He was the second Ohio lawmaker to resign this month for allegations of inappropriate behavior, and his is the latest to hit the state's legislature since s-xual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein surfaced. 

Those allegations prompted a national wave of similar alleged misconducts by entertainers, politicians and others.

Veteran Ohio Sen. Clifford Hite, a Republican from Findlay, resigned October 16 after a s-xual harassment complaint was filed against him. 

According to an investigative memo, Hite had inappropriate conversations and physical contact with a female legislative staff member for two months and repeatedly propositioned her for s-x.

The Ohio House subsequently released a cache of documents requested by reporters that showed three state representatives had been disciplined and a staff aide had been fired following harassment claims in recent years.

Then on Monday, Senate Democrats' chief of staff, Michael Premo, resigned abruptly over unspecified allegations of inappropriate conduct. His single-sentence resignation email provided no details.

State Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken, the first woman to head Ohio's GOP, issued a statement Wednesday supporting Goodman's decision to step aside.

'I believe Speaker Rosenberger said it best; his resignation was the most appropriate course of action for him, his family, the constituents of the 87th House District and the House,' she said.

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