Ohio House Speaker Says He Didn't Hear Accusation Against Goodman

Nov 30, 2017

Cliff Rosenberger speaks with reporters
Credit Ohio Public Radio

The speaker of the Ohio House is talking about the resignation of former Republican State Representative Wes Goodman, who allegedly sexually assaulted a teenager. 

The speaker says he never heard about the accusation. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

Goodman resigned and admitted to inappropriate activities inside his state office after a complaint was filed.


House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says he and his staff fielded rumors that Goodman, a married lawmaker known to be anti-LGBTQ, was actually gay.


But Rosenberger says he never heard about an accusation from 2015 reported by The Washington Post that Goodman sexually assaulted an 18-year-old during an event in D.C. He added that he’s disappointed the conservative group that hosted the event, knew about the incident and never told him.


Rosenberger: “There are some conversations that they need to have with themselves about why did they not follow through with some of their commitments, I’m extremely disappointed in that.”


The Post reported that Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council, told the family that their allegation would not be ignored.