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Some Female Lawmakers Call For Seitz To Resign

Feb 2, 2018

(L to R) Representatives Kathleen Clyde, Michelle Lapore Hagan, Teresa Fedor and Nickie Antonio
Credit Ohio Public Radio

Four female Democratic state lawmakers are calling on the head of the Ohio House to take action against a Republican lawmaker who made derogatory comments  at a going away party for a former staffer.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Speaker Cliff Rosenberger says Representative Bill Seitz has admitted he shouldn’t have made fun of some women lawmakers.

 

“He’s apologized for it.”

 

Rosenberger wants a bipartisan focus group….“to make sure we are listening and hearing it out.”

 

But four of Seitz’ female House colleagues say they want Rosenberger to demand Seitz’s resignation. Representative Nickie Antonio.

 

“When an elected official in one of the highest positions of leadership in the general assembly humiliates victims, mocks sexual harassment and alleged assault, Ohioans deserve a strong response.”

 

In a written statement, Rosenberger notes he’s invited two of the four women to join the bipartisan harassment and discrimination working group.  Seitz’s comments came just days after lawmakers went through sexual harassment training.