Wesley Goodman, a Republican lawmaker representing Ohio, has resigned after being caught in the act with a man in his office while advocating for “natural marriage”.
Goodman, who had been called the “conscience of the conservative movement”, is married to a woman who helps organise a yearly anti-abortion rally called ‘March for Life’.
His Twitter bio described him as a “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican. Husband to @Beth1027”.
Since taken down, his website said that the “ideals of a loving father and mother, a committed natural marriage, and a caring community are well worth pursuing and protecting.”
“Healthy, vibrant, thriving, values-driven families are the source of Ohio’s proud history and the key to Ohio’s future greatness,” it also stated.
Goodman issued a statement saying he would resign which begins, “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life.”
“That has been true for me, and I sincerely regret that my actions and choices have kept me from serving my constituents and our state in a way that reflects the best ideals of public service,” the statement continued.
“For those whom I have let down, I’m sorry. As I move onto the next chapter of my life, I sincerely ask for privacy for myself, my family, and my friends.”
The Washington Post also reported that Goodman was accused of sexually assaulting an 18 year old man at a conference in 2015.
Goodman was privately advised not to run for office but went ahead with his campaign anyway, being elected to office in 2016.
“We are so sick of people knowing and doing nothing. If someone knew, they had an obligation to say something. That’s what you do. That’s how you hold society together,” said the head of a conservative group that endorsed Goodman.
A journalist on Twitter also alleged that Goodman repeatedly sent him sexually explicit messages and suggested that he did the same to others (images of messages below may be NSFW).
Wes Goodman, who was just caught having sex with a man in his office, begged me to have sex with him and/or his wife on several occasions while I went to school in Ohio. pic.twitter.com/ZgTc9VCAIF
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) November 18, 2017
It’s far from the first time a conservative politician has been caught out; in 2014 a Republican senate candidate who advocated against same-sex marriage was revealed to have a drag queen past.
And there are plenty of other examples where Wes Goodman came from.