Ohio senator who resigned is sorry for inappropriate conduct

AP News
Posted: Oct 18, 2017 9:37 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state senator who resigned abruptly this week is apologizing for inappropriate conversations and physical contact with a state worker.

Republican Cliff Hite, of Findlay, issued a statement Wednesday on Twitter.

The 63-year-old Hite says that he had inappropriate conversations with a female state employee who did not work for him and that he "sometimes asked her for hugs." He says the inappropriate physical contact went no further.

Hite calls the conduct "not appropriate for a married man, father and grandfather like myself." He says it was disrespectful to the woman and to his wife.

Hite's wife, Diane, says they're in counseling. She calls him "a good man" who made a mistake.

Hite says the mistake and his failing health led to his decision to resign Monday.