COLUMBUS, Ohio – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Invoice O’Neill plans to announce his resignation from the Ohio Supreme Courtroom on Friday, in accordance with an e-mail he despatched Wednesday to the Ohio Younger Democrats.
“I might be resigning from the Supreme Courtroom with an announcement Friday,” O’Neill emailed Wednesday to a number of Ohio Younger Democrats leaders, in response to an invite for him to attend the group’s assembly on Saturday. The e-mail was obtained by the Capitol Letter publication.
Reached for remark Wednesday night time, O’Neill stated solely that he agreed with Ohio Supreme Courtroom Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to tell the courtroom on Friday that he’ll both end his time period or announce when he is leaving.
O’Neill’s resignation can be vital for 2 causes. First, it signifies that he’ll contest ex-Shopper Monetary Safety Bureau Director Richard Cordray for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, regardless that he beforehand stated he would not run if Cordray was within the race.
Second, O’Neill’s resignation would blunt criticism he is acquired for operating for governor whereas remaining on the state’s excessive courtroom. O’Neill has already pledged to recuse himself from any future instances that come earlier than the courtroom.
O’Neill introduced his candidacy for governor in October on a platform that features legalizing leisure marijuana to fund psychological-well being remedy and elevating the state’s minimal wage to $15 per hour. Nevertheless, he shortly attracted a wave of criticism – together with calls to resign – after the 70-yr-previous Chagrin Falls resident posted on Fb that he has been “sexually intimate” with “roughly 50 very engaging females.”
O’Neill, the one Democrat on the seven-member Supreme Courtroom, should retire from the bench subsequent yr due to age limits. Ought to he resign, GOP Gov. John Kasich would doubtless appoint a Republican to complete his time period.