Justice Bill O'Neill, he of the infamous hayloft tryst
and the lone Democratic voice on the Ohio Supreme Court, will step down from the bench in January. He is soldiering on with his campaign for governor.
He says he will be out of the judicial game on January 21st. He first took the seat in 2013.
Now, though, O'Neill looks to the Democratic primary race for the Ohio governor's office. It's a field already crowded by five challengers — former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau director Richard Cordray, former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley, former State Rep. Connie Pillich and current State Sen. Joe Schiavoni. (Scene
attended this week's Democratic debate in Cleveland. We discussed the event extremely extemporaneously
the following day.)
O'Neill insists he's got something worth sharing with Ohio voters.
"I am the best candidate for the job. Rich Cordray would make a wonderful governor. Those two statements go together," O'Neill said earlier this week.
As far as campaign platforms go, O'Neill has most vocally supported marijuana legalization and more hands-on solutions to the state's opioid addiction crisis.
It'll be up to Gov. John Kasich to nominate a replacement for O'Neill's Ohio Supreme Court seat. "Undoubtedly, that will come from the court of appeals judge pool and they are all good," O'Neill told the Cincinnati Enquirer