“Hours after detailing his sexual history on Facebook,” state Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) said “he’ll likely drop out of the … race” by “this time next Friday” to make room for CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s (D) possible run, saying the two have recently spoken.
“O’Neill … made headlines on Friday when he issued a Facebook post intending to defend” Sen. Al Franken (D). “In the process, O’Neill described his own sexual history, which he proclaimed included sex with ‘approximately’ 50 partners.” (WKYC)
“O’Neill … apologized a second time on Sunday … saying he harmed the national debate on sexual harassment, assault and rape. … He originally told everyone who was offended to ‘lighten up.’”
O’Neill “said he was standing by his defense of Franken. … He added that those wanting to return his donations should do so to him instead of charity and recommended women who are the target of unwelcome overtures by men should should poke them in the eye.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Former state Rep. Connie Pillich (D) said she will donate O’Neill’s contributions to her campaign “to organizations helping women.” (release)
Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R) “called the post ‘ill-timed and dismissive at best.’”
Former Rep. Betty Sutton (D), Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley (D), and Pillich “said O’Neill should step down from the bench.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer) State Sen. Joe Schiavoni (D) called it “a ridiculous comment by someone who is supposed to be a professional representing Ohioans on our highest court.” (Twitter)
O’Neill’s campaign manager, Chris Clevenger, resigned Friday, saying he had “no prior knowledge of his statement.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer editorial board called the post “appallingly crude and tone-deaf” and said he “ought to step down from the bench and withdraw from the race for governor.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
ENDORSEMENTS. The Summit County Republican Party endorsed state Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) on Saturday, citing “DeWine’s name recognition, performance as Ohio Attorney General, including his fight to end the drug epidemic, along with his conservative governing philosophy.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
The Morgan County Republican Party also endorsed DeWine on Monday. (release)
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D), who ran for DNC chair this year, endorsed Whaley on Friday, saying she has “relentlessly focused on getting stuff done for her community,” including on the opioid crisis. Both are members of a group of moderate Democrats called The NewDEAL. Buttigieg: “She’s terrific. I’ve been helping her. I haven’t officially endorsed her, but I will, so might as well say it: I’ve got her back.” (Hotline reporting)
EACH IN HIS OWN RIGHT. “The secretary of state’s office produces slick videos at public expense promoting Jon Husted in his capacity as an elected officeholder. But some of the videos seemingly have little to do with the work of the state’s chief elections officer. … And, after the videos are stitched together on state time with state money, Husted personally uses the tweets to promote himself politically as he campaigns for the Republican nomination for governor. The videos, as well as photos, are generated by the secretary of state’s office and shared on its @OhioSOSHusted account on Twitter and retweeted by Husted himself on his @JonHusted account.” (Columbus Dispatch)
Rep. Jim Renacci (R) “said that if he can’t raise the millions of dollars necessary for an extensive TV ad campaign to get his message to Republican voters, he will self-finance.” (Columbus Dispatch)
DeWine, Husted, Renacci, and Taylor largely agreed in a candidate forum on supporting President Trump as well as opposing sanctuary cities and Medicaid expansion.
Renacci at the forum said a “motorcycle crash at 18 also taught him how to deal with pain management and the opioid crisis.” Renacci: “I hit a car on a motorcycle at 60 miles an hour, put the bike under the car, went up over the car, went through the windows, ended up 100 yards down the road. … I went to school the next day with aspirin, not opioids.” (Cincinnati Enquirer)
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"White House chief of staff John Kelly has tapped Chris Liddell, a senior White House aide and former executive at Microsoft and General Motors, as his deputy." Prior to his appointment, Kelly had just one deputy: "Joe Hagin, who focuses on the day-to-day operations" in the White House. "Up until now, the White House had not named a deputy chief of staff for policy, though several aides, including [DHS Secretary Kirstjen] Nielsen, had informally played that role."
The Supreme Court on Monday "rejected a plea to undertake a historic reassessment of the constitutionality of the death penalty nationwide. The court denied certiorari in Hidalgo v. Arizona, which challenged the constitutionality of that state’s death penalty statute but also attacked capital punishment generally 'in light of contemporary standards of decency.'" The Court did not act on another case, Evans v. Mississippi, which would have prompted a broader review of the death penalty. "Justice Stephen Breyer, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan issued a separate statement agreeing that the Hidalgo case should be denied because the record in the case was not fully developed, but hoping a future case would be a better platform for reviewing capital punishment."
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman begins his two-week visit to the U.S. this week, meeting with "political and business leaders in Washington, New York, Silicon Valley and elsewhere" in an effort to shore up financial support for his government and rehabilitate its image abroad. "The crown prince employed a similar public relations strategy on a three-day visit to the UK," where he met with "an array of British business and defense leaders." Bin Salman has been widely criticized for his alleged political chicanery in the Gulf, and for Saudi Arabia's devastating air campaign in neighboring Yemen.
A fourth package bomb injured two people in Austin on Sunday evening, "which the police chief says was caused by a tripwire and showed 'a different level of skill' than the package bombs used in the three prior attacks." The police are still searching for the perpetrator, and have warned residents to not pick up or approach suspicious packages. Previous explosions, which the police believe are connected, have killed two and wounded several others.
White House Lawyer Ty Cobb said that President Trump not considering firing special counsel Robert Mueller. Speculation swirled after Trump attacked the investigation on Twitter, and called out Mueller directly for the first time. “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the Administration," Cobb said, "...the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller." Several members of Congress, "including some top Republicans, warned Trump to not even think about terminating Mueller."