COLUMBUS (AP) — The Republican speaker of the Ohio House says he was uncomfortable with offensive remarks made by fellow GOP lawmakers during a top House staffer’s going-away party that made light of recent sexual misconduct scandals and disparaged female lawmakers.
Rep. Clifford Rosenberger says he’s taking responsibility for what happened last week and has apologized on behalf of House Republicans. Rosenberger says he isn’t looking at further discipline against Rep. Bill Seitz, who has apologized for his remarks.
Rosenberger says he’s putting together a bipartisan committee to address concerns about such behavior.
Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said there might be more consequences for Sen. Matt Huffman, who also made crude remarks involving women at that event. Huffman has also apologized.
The lawmakers spoke Wednesday at an annual Associated Press forum.