On Monday, Senate Democratic Chief of Staff Mike Premo resigned following a complaint of inappropriate behavior by a staffer. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, developing "pro-family and pro-liberty" policies.Senators underwent sexual harassment training Wednesday, said Senate President Larry Obhof, R-Medina, and staff will follow in the coming weeks. Later he served as managing director for the Conservative Action Project, where he says he "led the fight for conservative principles like a balanced budget, lower taxes, repealing Obamacare, life, and religious liberty..." Jordan endorsed Goodman in 2016, saying he had “the character, experience and passion to serve the families and taxpayers of our part of Ohio in the Statehouse.” A Jordan spokeswoman said he heard “no allegations of wrongdoing and received no accusations of misconduct” during Goodman’s nearly six years working for him.
"If you engage in that, there will be swift action and it will be decisive." Goodman submitted a brief two-sentence resignation letter, calling it the "greatest honor of my life to serve the constituents of the 87th House District." On his Twitter page, Goodman described himself as "Christian. A Republican with close ties to the conservative movement, speaking about politically sensitive matters only on the condition of not being named, said reports about inappropriate behavior surfaced after Goodman returned to Ohio in 2015.
Goodman declared himself "proud" to carry on the tradition of the Caveman Caucus, the colorful moniker attached to a group of highly conservative lawmakers several years ago.
Wes Goodman, who consistently touted his faith and conservative values, abruptly resigned late Tuesday after being confronted with evidence of inappropriate conduct with another man inside his Riffe Center office, the second Ohio lawmaker to fall within a month.
House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, R-Clarksville, met Tuesday afternoon with the Cardington Republican soon after the speaker became aware of an incident from weeks ago in the lawmaker's office that, sources said, involved a male in a consensual situation.
“I was alerted to details yesterday afternoon regarding his involvement in inappropriate behavior related to his state office," Rosenberger said in a statement on Wednesday.
"I met with him later in the day where he acknowledged and confirmed the allegations.
He was co-sponsor of the Ohio Campus Free Speech Act, and worked on issues including the Medicaid expansion freeze. Like the situation involving Premo earlier in the week, legislative leaders did not give any indication what type of activity prompted Goodman's dismissal.
Earlier this year, Goodman stood in for state Treasurer Josh Mandel's U. Asked if the public should know what a Statehouse official has done, beyond a generic “inappropriate behavior,” Obhof said, “in general, more sunlight is better.” In Premo’s case, Republican leaders say they don’t even know what happened, and Obhof is not happy about it.
There also is concern that Mauk, who is responsible for the employment of all Senate staff, had to accept Premo’s resignation without really knowing why.
“I will know more at some point, I hope,” Obhof said.
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.” The speaker’s office is not releasing additional details of the conduct, though Brad Miller, spokesman for Rosenberger, said it did not involve Statehouse staffers or other legislative members.