Two state representatives have formally apologized for derogatory comments they made at a going away party earlier this week – comments that had other lawmakers fuming and calling for an investigation.
State Rep. Bill Seitz (R-Cincinnati) says in a letter to House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger and members of the Ohio House that he has what he calls “deep regret and remorse” for comments made at the going-away party and roast for the Republican caucus’ chief of staff. Sen. Matt Huffman also apologized for comments made at the same event.
Seitz says he accepts full responsibility for what he called his ill-advised remarks at the event just blocks from the Statehouse Wednesday, and says he looks forward to offering sincere apologies in person to Rep. Candice Keller (R-Middletown) and former New Carlisle lawmaker Diana Fessler.
House staffers confirmed that Keller was upset by the comments, which were said to be derogatory and sexist.
Democrats including Sen. Cecil Thomas (D-Cincinnati) have said that an investigation and appropriate discipline may be needed.
After a series of resignations over inappropriate behavior, Rosenberger and Senate president Larry Obhof announced they would require sexual harassment training of all legislators and staff members.