Yet another shoe has dropped in the seemingly never-ending story of former Ohio state Rep. Wes Goodman, the married antigay Republican who was outed for being bisexual last month.
Between the reports he was caught having sex with another man in his office, the screenshots of the raunchy sext messages he sent to a bunch of other dudes, and leaked emails about his involvement with an underage boy at an antigay fundraiser, we didn’t think it could get much worse for the self-proclaimed “Christian. American. Conservative. Republican.” who made promoting “natural marriage” one of his top campaign issues.
And then this happened…
Not one but two men who work in Washington, D.C. have come forward to talk about their sexual relationships with Goodman, who they both met on Craigslist several years ago. And, yes, they have the email threads and text messages to prove it.
Johnny Hadlock tells cleveland.com that he met Goodman back in 2010. At the time, Hadlock was working for GOP congressional staffer Chris Donnelly. He claims the two started by texting. The texting quickly turned into sexting. Eventually they had phone sex, though Hadlock says they never actually engaged in any physical sex acts.
The relationship continued for a few years before fizzling out when Hadlock went to work for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign. He says he last spoke to Goodman in 2014. He shared a Facebook conversation with cleveland.com that shows Goodman initiating conversation multiple times.
One time Goodman says his wife was “out of town.” Another time he says she’s “asleep.” In one conversation, Goodman tells Hadlock he’s “in his underwear.” In another, he asks if Hadlock is “turned on.”
“Wes never sexually harassed me,” Hadlock says. “We both knew what we were doing and we were both fine doing it.”
Another former GOP congressional staffer, Chris Donnelly, tells cleveland.com that in 2008 Goodman replied to a M4M Craigslist ad he had posted and that the two actually hooked up.
Donnelly shared the email thread with cleveland.com, which shows the name Brady Murphey, which he claims was an alias being used by Goodman, describing himself as a “straight/curious” guy who needed to be “discreet.”
“Maybe we can hang and see what’s up, no expectations really,” the response reads. “But your post seemed cool so let me know bro.”
Donnelly claims Goodman “all over Craigslist” back then and responded to several of his ads.
“It became a running joke between me and my gay friends on Capitol Hill,” Donnelly recalls. “It’s not like it was some one-off thing.”
In his resignation statement released last month, Goodman said: “We all bring our own struggles and our own trials into public life. That has been true for me.”
No kidding, dude.