In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and anti-LGBT causes and aspired to someday run for Congress. In private, he exchanged salacious texts and emails with gay men he met on Capitol Hill, and sent sexually suggestive messages to young men he met through conservative circles who were too intimidated to publicly complain, according to three people who knew him when he worked in Washington.
Johnny Hadlock, then a staffer for another GOP congressman in Washington, said he met Goodman in 2010. Hadlock said he confided in Goodman that he was a closeted gay man and the two began exchanging text messages. In an interview with Cleveland.com, Hadlock described the messages as sexting and gay banter, and said he engaged in phone sex with Goodman.
Another conservative with Ohio ties told Cleveland.com that Goodman engaged in predatory behavior toward younger men after leaving Jordan’s office, sending inappropriate material and propositioning them via text message and Facebook messenger. The conservative operative said he’d target college kids who wanted to have him as a mentor and were scared to report his sexual advances because they didn’t want to damage their own careers.
According to the above-linked report, Goodman also regularly picked up men on Craigslist, something that was a “running joke” among some Ohio politicos.
On Friday, the Washington Post issued a bombshell report which details a 2015 incident in which Goodman attempted to force sex on a sleeping 18 year-old after a fundraising event organized by Tony Perkins, who apparently covered up the assault. Perkins has thus far refused to comment.
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