Uh oh: Ethics committee investigating Massa’s alleged advances toward staffer

posted at 9:47 pm on March 3, 2010 by Allahpundit

I held off on blogging the sexual harassment allegations earlier since Massa claims he’s retiring due to a recurrence of cancer, not any impropriety. But evidently this was serious enough for senior people to get involved. Paterson, Rangel, now this guy: I do believe there’s a narrative a-brewin’.

[S]everal House aides told POLITICO that the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that the New York Democrat, who is married with two children, made unwanted advances toward a junior male staffer.

A more senior staffer — Ronald Hikel, Massa’s former deputy chief of staff and legislative director — took the complaints to the ethics committee and was interviewed about them twice…

[Steny] Hoyer’s office released the following statement Wednesday night:

“The week of February 8th, a member of Rep. Massa’s staff brought to the attention of Mr. Hoyer’s staff allegations of misconduct that had been made against Mr. Massa. Mr. Hoyer’s staff immediately informed him of what they had been told. Mr. Hoyer instructed his staff that if Mr. Massa or his staff did not bring the matter to the attention of the bipartisan Ethics Committee within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer would do so. Within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer received confirmation from both the Ethics Committee staff and Mr. Massa’s staff that the Ethics Committee had been contacted and would review the allegations. Mr. Hoyer does not know whether the allegations are true or false, but wanted to ensure that the bipartisan committee charged with overseeing conduct of Members was immediately involved to determine the facts.”

Good thing for the Dems that Hoyer took this seriously; if he’d dithered the way the GOP did with the allegations against Mark Foley, they’d have a raging fire to put out here. As it is, I wonder how much damage this’ll do. Given that Massa’s a freshman and retiring and ill, is he really going to be a target for the GOP even if the accusations prove true? Democrats will just cry “homophobia” and “cancer patient” if Republicans go after him on the ethical point. Why bother?


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Given that Massa’s a freshman and retiring and ill, is he really going to be a target for the GOP even if the accusations prove true?

I think it`d be a waste of time.

ThePrez on March 3, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Culture of Corruption anyone?

Enoxo on March 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM

ew…just ew.

Alden Pyle on March 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Wide Stance.

portlandon on March 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Nancy Pelosi:
Did it endanger national security? No? Then move on…

ROCnPhilly on March 3, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Don’t ask, don’t tell.

txag92 on March 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

There’s an Ethics Committee?

malclave on March 3, 2010 at 9:53 PM

Just another Brick in the Wall..

uknowmorethanme on March 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Regardless, Massa expected a tough re-election campaign this fall. Massa flipped his upstate New York seat in 2008 from Republican to Democratic by upending former Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) by about 5,000 votes. He nearly toppled Kuhl in 2006.Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) edged out President Obama in that district in the 2008 presidential election. But President Bush won by a 14 point margin six years ago.

Yeah… he’s better off retiring…

MeatHeadinCA on March 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

He’s probably about as sick as the Libyan bomber is.

Mark1971 on March 3, 2010 at 9:54 PM

Well, here is a cancer patient that sucks.

ericdijon on March 3, 2010 at 9:56 PM

If protocol was followed, then give credit where credit is due. If this guy is retiring, I seriously doubt any action will be taken, regardless of what the ethics committee finds. However, it’s pretty damn sad people are willing to take chances like this, knowing they have a wife, and children who will end up paying a price for this. They deserve better.

capejasmine on March 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Which way is he leaning on health care?

If he can’t be persuaded, perhaps he can be bought. If he can’t be bribed, perhaps threatened.

There is a reason why so many are bailing out of this airplane, and just because two engines are on fire isn’t the only reason.

Skandia Recluse on March 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM

It’s not like it was unwanted advances-unwanted advances.

rogerb on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

The swamp just keeps gettin murkier…..San Fran Nan’s gonna need a biga$$ septic pumper to drain the DC swamp now- may be time to invest in the gas mask industry – Peeee-EWWWWWWW!!!!!

huskerdiva on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

ruh-roh

DangerHighVoltage on March 3, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Culture of Corruption anyone?

Enoxo on March 3, 2010 at 9:51 PM

Yeah, we need another deck of cards.

conservative pilgrim on March 3, 2010 at 10:00 PM

“Massa to young male intern: “Hey, I have an idea, why don’t you strip naked, bend over, and I will try to find your belly button with my finger?”

“Male Intern: “Ummmm, OK, I really need this job…….

…………. HEY! THAT’S NOT MY BELLY BUTTON!!!”

“Massa: “That’s not my finger!”

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

“The allegations are totally false. I am a salty old sailor”

http://congress.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/03/03/massa-sidesteps-questions-about-sexual-harassment-allegations/

ninjapirate on March 3, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Michelle Malkin is years ahead of the curve again. Culture of Corruption.

SouthernGent on March 3, 2010 at 10:02 PM

Going to spend more time with his family. So why doesn’t he just leave NOW?

GarandFan on March 3, 2010 at 10:04 PM

The other issue is that Hoyer knew about these ethics allegations and we’re learning about it a month later. Why?

conservative pilgrim on March 3, 2010 at 10:05 PM

Dems are dropping like flies. And I don’t mean to be insensitive if the cancer reports are true – if they are, then I hope Rep Massa gets good treatment and has a speedy recovery.

But will this treatment be covered by the health care plan all congress members receive?

Basically, he’s been in office for what, one year? And he gets a primo health care plan to cover his illness?

Will he get retirement benefits also, because he has been in congress?

Intrepid on March 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM

These guys are just gross.

Seriously.

HondaV65 on March 3, 2010 at 10:06 PM

I don’t believe the charges!

I think the Republicans set him up with a male staffer. He was baited. Yup. Massa baited.

katy on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

That wasn’t a male intern… he just bumped into Janet Napoleon in the men’s room.

MeatHeadinCA on March 3, 2010 at 10:09 PM

So, since Massa is well out of the closet, does that mean he’s now a member of the Hot Air community?

MeatHeadinCA on March 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

does that mean he’s now a member of the Hot Air community?

MeatHeadinCA on March 3, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Tier #1

thomasaur on March 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

katy on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Thread winner!

Sekhmet on March 3, 2010 at 10:13 PM

katy on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

He’ll go blind.

Elizabetty on March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

It’s not that Harry Reid doesn’t want to smell the sweaty tourists…

… He just wants to cover up the ‘Prison Sex’ smell of Congress.

Seven Percent Solution on March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Narrative? Bah…everyone knows Mark Foley was the height of Congressional malfeasance when it came to interns/staffers.

StevefromMKE on March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

He’ll go blind.

Elizabetty on March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

He running for governor?

thomasaur on March 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM

On another note…….Go to YouTube and watch this new music vid, O.T.P (One Term President) by Wolverines. Then Forward it…help make it go viral!

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centre on March 3, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Tier #1

thomasaur on March 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

So what’s his moniker? UpstateBoinker? GayBlueDog?

Perhaps he will join one of the gay troll groups on HA.

MeatHeadinCA on March 3, 2010 at 10:16 PM

He should have stuck to frankfurters.

unclesmrgol on March 3, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Any kin to Gary Studds?

Lanceman on March 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY! MARK FOLEY!

Where are the Leftoid media in denouncing this guy???

Oh, I forgot. He’s a DemoRat! They are allowed to harass males without opprobrium. My mistake.

honsy on March 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Toe tapper?

Philly on March 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Narrative? Bah…everyone knows Mark Foley was the height of Congressional malfeasance when it came to interns/staffers.

Foley is close… Gerry Studds actually had sex with a male underage page…

ninjapirate on March 3, 2010 at 10:18 PM

Advances toward staffers has more than one connotation in this case.

GnuBreed on March 3, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Had enough yet?

That’s the 2010 slogan.

Key West Reader on March 3, 2010 at 10:20 PM

One of the best Stewart segments ever! xD

nickj116 on March 3, 2010 at 10:23 PM

Why bother?

Allahpundit

Then why even post this?

/waste of time

fossten on March 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Oh, I forgot. He’s a DemoRat! They are allowed to harass males without opprobrium. My mistake.

honsy on March 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Want a laugh? Go to the vault and count the number of unique Mark Foley posts – not comments but unique posts – here during that period. But this one, well…you know…why bother?

TheBigOldDog on March 3, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Massa baited.

katy on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

ROTFLMAO!

txag92 on March 3, 2010 at 10:31 PM

Then why even post this?

/waste of time

fossten on March 3, 2010 at 10:27 PM

Hey, held off as long as he could. It’s a Democrat and they promise they did things by the book and all. Besides, it’s not like a potential crime was committed or anything…oh, wait. Never mind.

TheBigOldDog on March 3, 2010 at 10:33 PM

This won’t be a problem after Don’t ask Don’t Tell is repealed.

No sr. officers, openly homosexual, would ever try to pick up on subordinates.

/s

BowHuntingTexas on March 3, 2010 at 10:34 PM

Bawney Fwanks feewings aw hoowrt. “Weave mah intoowrns awone.”

TXUS on March 3, 2010 at 10:43 PM

Had enough yet?
That’s the 2010 slogan.

Key West Reader on March 3, 2010 at 10:20 PM

Like it.

TXUS on March 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

He’s gay, so don’t worry; Allahpundit and Ed will lead the charge to defend him.

Virus-X on March 3, 2010 at 10:48 PM

Which way is he leaning on health care?

Skandia Recluse on March 3, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Sounds like he leans both ways.

AnotherOpinion on March 3, 2010 at 10:49 PM

Oh I get it; D.C. stands for Democratic Corruption. Throw these bums out.

TN Mom on March 3, 2010 at 11:02 PM

Had enough yet?

That’s the 2010 slogan.

Key West Reader on March 3, 2010 at 10:20 PM

That would make a great bumper sticker.
Put the Obama logo as the “O” in “enough”.

VelvetElvis on March 3, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Yep, he’s got that look.

It’s all in the eyes with these people, which makes me think their “condition” is genetic rather than “choice”.

I know my fellow Christians don’t buy that because they want God to be perfect. Well God is perfect, which means there is a purpose behind homosexuality. Perhaps that purpose is greater love and understanding for all humanity.

David2.0 on March 3, 2010 at 11:20 PM

Given that Massa’s a freshman and retiring and ill, is he really going to be a target for the GOP even if the accusations prove true? Democrats will just cry “homophobia” and “cancer patient” if Republicans go after him on the ethical point. Why bother?

Not the only question to be asked here.

Whether or not the GOP goes after him, shouldn’t they at least count him? Add him to the pile of bodies? Update the running total? Seems they could do this legitimately without making it look like they are going after him specifically.

Then, getting into the sordid details is done only in response to a challenge, for the purpose of justifying the charge of a “pattern of corruption”. It’s their way to prove to the media they’re not lying when they make the claim (of bodies with ethical challenges piling up, that is).

RD on March 3, 2010 at 11:24 PM

Plan B to take back the Congress:

(1) Handlers identify hot, young, male Republicans without a public trail of party activism.
(2) Handlers urge hotties to apply to work as moles on the staff of Congressional Democrats.
(3) Hotties tease Congressmen for whom they work.
(4) Congressmen make advances toward hotties.
(5) Hotties refuse.
(6) Congressmen make advances toward hotties.
(7) Hotties complain to House ethics committee.
(8) Congressmen retire.

Kralizec on March 3, 2010 at 11:26 PM

The Dems have taken corruption to an 11 on a 10 scale.

wildcat84 on March 3, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Yowza Massa.

viking01 on March 3, 2010 at 11:49 PM

Massa represents NY-29, which I live in. Media here is giving the guy the benefit of the doubt. “Salty language” is how his transgressions are being described here. So unless there is more evidence of Foley-esce behavior where his wife has to stand next to him, expect this to be anywhere from a non-issue to at worst an example of the coarseness and loss of civility that has taken over congress over the past 4 years.

The question will be who replaces Massa. I see three choices so far on the Republican side: Randy Kuhl makes a return (not likely), Tom Reed from Corning (most likely), or Monroe County exec Maggie Brooks (possible – though she has not thrown in her hat. BTW – Rochester, NY is in Monroe County.) On the Democrat side, Shawn Hogan (the mayor of Hornell, NY for the past 25 years) has expressed interest.

NY29 will be hard for the democrats to win. McCain carried it, and Massa faced a lot of opposition during his town hall meetings. His supporters put on a full court press in southern Monroe County back in 2008 – they made more visits to my house than the Jehovah Witnesses that fall. I don’t expect that level of intensity this time around. The Ds are behind the 8ball now as Massa’s announcement was a shock to them.

pt on March 3, 2010 at 11:54 PM

Where are the Leftoid media in denouncing this guy???

Oh, I forgot. He’s a DemoRat! They are allowed to harass males without opprobrium. My mistake.

honsy on March 3, 2010 at 10:17 PM

Exactly!!….

Foley retiring did not stop the media blitz on him one single bit.

This democratic Congress is more corrupt than an ACORN Obama fund raiser and they should be pounded with this right into the mid-term elections.

Baxter Greene on March 4, 2010 at 1:37 AM

Why is hot air wasting our time with this story about another dem.The rule for Dems regarding morals is you must have video of the Dem in bed with a boy scout,girl scout,horse,pig and it must occur on the first Tue of the month and must have audio and video and last but not least must have the sign consent of all parties. So please Hot Air if you can,t follow the rules why do it.

thmcbb on March 4, 2010 at 6:40 AM

Regardless, Massa expected a tough re-election campaign this fall. Massa flipped his upstate New York seat in 2008 from Republican to Democratic by upending former Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-NY) by about 5,000 votes. He nearly toppled Kuhl in 2006.Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) edged out President Obama in that district in the 2008 presidential election. But President Bush won by a 14 point margin six years ago.

Yes, that’s my hometown district, which keeps morphing to include more and more predominantly democratic areas to “offset” its conservative-leaning core. The Elmira, NY area’s average voting in presidential elections is 3 ticks to the red; now I live in a CT district that’s 3 ticks to the blue. Gerrymandering, along with current efforts to place the census under the influence of the White House, is going to effective snuff out the voice of conservative voters.

Logic on March 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM

remember Rick Boucher, Dem, Fighting 9th CD, VA? who watched the Super Bowl with Bambi? and who represents Virginia coal country yet voted for cap ‘n trade?

i read this a.m. that Bambi might offer Boucher a fed judgeship too if he votes YES on Obamacare. plus, Boucher is facing real opposition this time.

whatever it takes–per Gibbs

kelley in virginia on March 4, 2010 at 7:41 AM

The Democrats seem to have covered up nicely.

Yohoo, here lame stream media tweety bird, putty-kat wants a snack. What, you still asleep? Hey what if I told you it was a Republican guy harassing the staff, snarl, ready to go are we …. Sorry, just another dirty Dem, go back to sleep. now.

Ya know, got to tell ya lame stream, you’ve been replaced ..

tarpon on March 4, 2010 at 8:13 AM

NY needs to recall that salty ol’ SOB before he votes for Obamacare.

johnboy on March 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Given that Massa’s a freshman and retiring and ill, is he really going to be a target for the GOP even if the accusations prove true?

He’s been a target for the GOP–at least the NY GOP–for quite some time, say, around the time he came out strong for single payer health in front of that Pittsburg netroots conference.

Truth is, even without his health issues or alleged dalliances, he was going to have a tough reelection. He’s a leftist in a center-right district–one of the reddest districts in NY. He barely squeaked by in 2008. The local news interviewed a local Dem operative last night who said that Massa won “by a glitch in 2008, and that glitch was named George W. Bush.” Folks in NY-29 won’t have the hopenchange feeevah this time around. The mayor or Corning is popular in the Southern Tier of NY, and Maggie Brooks is a popular county exec in a very mixed county (Rochester, Brighton, Gates, are all quite blue, along with parts of some of the other surrounding towns).

Pope Linus on March 4, 2010 at 9:34 AM

NY needs to recall that salty ol’ SOB before he votes for Obamacare.

johnboy on March 4, 2010 at 8:21 AM

Actually, he voted against it the first time, and so far has said he would again, because he says it doesn’t do enough to bring down costs.

He’s a strong proponent of single payer, so my guess is he’s finding any reason to justify a ‘no’ vote in a center-right district, even though his heart says ‘yes.’

But now that he is running for reelection, it’s anybody’s guess, I suppose.

Pope Linus on March 4, 2010 at 9:36 AM

…if Mr. Massa or his staff…

Sounds like Massa’a “staff” is what got him into trouble in the first place.

Didn’t Rangle blame his “staff” as well?

pain train on March 4, 2010 at 9:38 AM

Massa baited.

katy on March 3, 2010 at 10:08 PM

You WILL be purged…:)

karl9000 on March 4, 2010 at 10:17 AM

Massa? Massa?

RACISTS!

max1 on March 4, 2010 at 10:21 AM

StevefromMKE on March 3, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Um, no, that would be DEM congressman Studds from Massachusetts. You have a short memory.

dogsoldier on March 4, 2010 at 10:26 AM

Massa’s in de col’ col’ ground.

serenity on March 4, 2010 at 10:33 AM

LOL serenity..!

max1 on March 4, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Given that Massa’s a freshman and retiring and ill, is he really going to be a target for the GOP even if the accusations prove true? Democrats will just cry “homophobia” and “cancer patient” if Republicans go after him on the ethical point. Why bother?

Why bother? So you can sexually harass someone as long as you are fighting a disease? You can sexually harass someone as long as they are the same gender? Really?

I think Ann Coulter pointed shielding ones’ self from criticism by playing the victim. What did she call those New Jersey Housewives?

If you ask a Democrat today they will still use Foley as club to bash Republicans…so no I don’t think it should just be covered up. How many people are in Prison, who have committed crimes, and are battling Cancer, and other diseases? Should we let them out?

Dr Evil on March 4, 2010 at 12:34 PM

Now after all the bad jokes, I have a couple of simple questions:

-How did he sexually harass the male staffer?
-Has any member of Congress had to step down for sexually harassing a female staff member?
-What was the age of the staff member?
-Should all members of Congress step down, if they are having affairs with staff members?

SC.Charlie on March 4, 2010 at 4:06 PM