Here we go: Pelosi’s staff knew of Massa allegations sooner than claimed

posted at 9:01 pm on March 10, 2010 by Allahpundit

This was Rangel’s excuse, wasn’t it? Sure, his staff might have known that those trips to the Caribbean were being paid for congressional lobbyists — but no one ever told him. And the moronic House ethics committee pretty much bought it. Didn’t save him from the wrath of House Democrats, though.

Think it’ll save Madam Speaker?

But a Pelosi aide told POLITICO on Wednesday evening that Massa’s chief of staff, Joe Racalto, informed a member of Pelosi’s “member services” operation in October that Massa was living with several aides, had hired too many staff members and used foul language around his staff.

Racalto also raised concerns about “the way Massa ran his office” and informed Pelosi’s member-services staffer that he had asked Massa to move out of the group house on Capitol Hill, the Pelosi aide said…

Hoyer’s aides say he was informed of sexual-harassment allegations against Massa by Ron Hikel, another Massa aide, Feb. 8 and gave the New York Democrat’s office an ultimatum: Take the charges to the ethics committee within 48 hours, or Hoyer would.

Pelosi’s aide said that Hoyer’s office shared those allegations with a senior Pelosi staffer in February and that “the staff concurred that an ethics investigation was the proper course of action and were assured one would be initiated.”…

Pelosi was furious with her top aides when she found out that they had been aware of the February round of Massa allegations but had failed to inform her, according to several sources familiar with her reaction.

She’s been so honest and forthright up to now, I guess we have no choice but to believe that her staff simply forgot to tell her that a formal ethics inquiry featuring explosively sordid charges was being launched against a member of the caucus. Why would she need to know something like that with the midterms eight months away, while she was lobbying this guy to try to flip his vote to yes on ObamaCare?

Here’s what she said last week:

The speaker told reporters that she did not learn about the Massa allegations until Wednesday.

“I asked my staff; I said, ‘Have there been any rumors about any of this before?’” Pelosi said. “There had been a rumor, but just that, no formal notification to our office that anything — a one-, two-, three-person-removed rumor that had been reported to Mr. Hoyer’s office that had been reported to my staff, which they didn’t report to me, because, you know what? This is rumor city. Every single day, there are rumors. I have a job to do and not to be the receiver of rumors.”

Maybe I don’t understand what she means by “formal notification,” but having the majority leader inform her office that he was reporting a member to the ethics committee seems formal-ish, at least.

A senior GOP aide is quoted thusly by Politico: “If it’s true that Democratic members of the House ethics committee are blocking an investigation of what their own leaders knew about Massa, it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Speaker Pelosi has no intention of keeping her promise to lead the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history. What are Democrats on the ethics committee afraid of? What is the Democratic leadership hiding?” Maybe nothing, but it’s time to re-open that ethics investigation and find out. May a thousand attack ads bloom!


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Yeah, but remember that SNL skit (“Palomino!”)? According to liberals, Saturday Night Live is an accurate representation of reality (see the Tina Fey impersonations of Sarah Palin).

Therefore, according to liberals, Pelosi condones this sort of thing, and probably had it going on in her office.

QED

malclave on March 10, 2010 at 9:04 PM

Snorklin’ on the Potomac??

How many seats did Foley lose for the GOP?

C’mon November…

Shivas Irons on March 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Poor Nan! Nobodt tells her nuttin’.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Most Ethical Congr…

Ah forget it.

Bishop on March 10, 2010 at 9:06 PM

She’s been so honest and forthright up to now, I guess we have no choice but to believe that her staff simply forgot to tell her that a formal ethics inquiry featuring explosively sordid charges was being launched against a member of the caucus. Why would she need to know something like that with the midterms eight months away, while she was lobbying this guy to try to flip his vote to yes on ObamaCare?

Good lord, Politico really is a DNC PR shop isn’t it?

ninjapirate on March 10, 2010 at 9:06 PM

Massa’s COS is going to have to come out….so to speak.

d1carter on March 10, 2010 at 9:06 PM

If election promises fall like dominoes in Washington,D.C. but the lame stream media don’t hear it, did it really happen?

Terrie on March 10, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Good lord, Politico really is a DNC PR shop isn’t it?

Has anyone noticed the lack of irony in Politico stories when it comes to crap like this? This happens way too often… the narration is just too convenient…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2010 at 9:08 PM

Snorklin’ on the Potomac??

Win. Thread’s over!

Insomniac on March 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Open up the investigation… resigning shouldn’t be an out for things like this…

ninjapirate on March 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Massa was living with several aides.

This is apparently an ethical issue?

Wethal on March 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

Why does she look so angry?

Itchee Dryback on March 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

This is apparently an ethical issue?

Wethal on March 10, 2010 at 9:10 PM

No, that was the first set of allegations in last October. Focus on the second set in February.

Allahpundit on March 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

When you are down in the dumps and think you have real problems, just remember:SOMEWHERE IN THIS WORLD,THERE IS A POOR JERK NAMED MR. PELOSI………..

cleaned up for the HA filters

Knucklehead on March 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

Had Messa not been otherwise exposed old Nancy would have just let it ride. Nancy’s gaggle is one slimy mess.

rplat on March 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

Palomino!

Rocks on March 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

it proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Speaker Pelosi has no intention of keeping her promise to lead the most open, honest and ethical Congress in history

No one actually believed her, did they?

Spirit of 1776 on March 10, 2010 at 9:14 PM

What did Pelosi know and when did she know it?

TN Mom on March 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Boss Emeritus is on Hannity now regarding the TX Textbook issue.

She’s all over it, as usual.

+3

ted c on March 10, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Just how big is Speaker Botox’s “staff”? That we’re paying for.

Dingbat63 on March 10, 2010 at 9:16 PM

What are Democrats on the ethics committee afraid of? What is the Democratic leadership hiding?”

They’re just denying America a view of the swamp that still needs a drainin’….

Vistas.

ted c on March 10, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I’m sensing a very ungroovey vibe from her, and thats not cool. Man, she should spend a couple of days in the forest. It would really help balance her chi. Theres some heavy stuff goin’ on man, and that would really help her chill and come back with some flowers in her hair.

Itchee Dryback on March 10, 2010 at 9:21 PM

First it was the CIA who lied or withheld information, now its her staff. Who’s next? The buck does not stop with her.

tommer74 on March 10, 2010 at 9:22 PM

waterboarding, that is all I have to say.

rob verdi on March 10, 2010 at 9:23 PM

The CIA told her staff to lie to her.

SouthernGent on March 10, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Maybe she meant the most ethnic Congress ever.

ThePrez on March 10, 2010 at 9:28 PM

Hey Nancy, “You LIE!”

Branch Rickey on March 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Paaaaaaaaaaallllllllloooooooooooooommmmmmmmmiiiiiiinnnnnoooo!!

Rocks on March 10, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Why does anyone believe a word this woman has to say…?

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Here we go: Pelosi’s staff knew of Massa allegations sooner than claimed

That can’t be Allah. You assured us everything was done by the book unlike the Republicans with Foley. In fact, you even held off blogging about all this because everything was on the up-and-up.

Unlike Michele, I have no class so I’ll say it: I TOLD YOU SO. Stop giving these Leftists the benefit of every doubt because they make you look like a fool every time you do.

TheBigOldDog on March 10, 2010 at 9:31 PM

Has anyone seen the front page on Drudge? Caution…!

d1carter on March 10, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Has anyone seen the front page on Drudge? Caution…!

d1carter on March 10, 2010 at 9:33 PM

Why did you do that to me? Why? I’m going to have serious trouble sleeping tonight now and It’s your fault b/c I had no plans on checking Drudge before crashing!

TheBigOldDog on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Sort of O/T but….
http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20100310/us_time/08599197098200

thomasaur on March 10, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Alas, the current crop of democrats seem not to have the depth of character of a Wilber Mills.

MayorDaley on March 10, 2010 at 9:38 PM

When you are down in the dumps and think you have real problems, just remember:SOMEWHERE IN THIS WORLD,THERE IS A POOR JERK NAMED MR. PELOSI………..

cleaned up for the HA filters

Knucklehead on March 10, 2010 at 9:12 PM

And my heart goes out to him.

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 9:43 PM

Had Messa not been otherwise exposed old Nancy would have just let it ride. Nancy’s gaggle is one slimy mess.

rplat on March 10, 2010 at 9:13 PM

I wouldn’t bet on that. I have little doubt that this has come out because he was a ‘no’ vote on healthcare.

Had he been a reliable ‘yes’ vote, he’d be be swimming right along and no one would know a thing about this.

Charlie Rangel’s crap has languished in ethics investigations for what, months? Years? And Massa’s situation gets insta-billing?

BS.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

After she became Speaker, wasn’t there some puff gushy article about “She knows everything that’s going on on the Hill!? Now from CIA briefs to members of her own caucus, Nancy “knows nothing”.

GarandFan on March 10, 2010 at 9:46 PM

TheBigOldDog on March 10, 2010 at 9:36 PM

Heh, I tried to caution you….sorry about the nightmares. LOL

d1carter on March 10, 2010 at 9:47 PM

Man, she should spend a couple of days in the forest.

If botox falls in the woods and no one is there to see it…..

jimmy2shoes on March 10, 2010 at 9:50 PM

Query….
I’ve seen the trolls here defend some outlandish stuff. Has one ever leaped to Nan’s defense?

katy the mean old lady on March 10, 2010 at 9:52 PM

Oh, yeah, right, honest and forthcoming. That’s our Nanzi.

Kissmygrits on March 10, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Apparently Congress is like the Church of Scientology: They gather up information about all the sordid details of their members’ lives, store it all in a file somewhere, and pull it out and serve it to the media whenever they need to punish somebody.

I guess a Congressman could be raping staff members right and left and it’d be tolerated until the day he crosses the leadership. What a colossally vile bunch of cockroaches we have pretending to represent us.

Aitch748 on March 10, 2010 at 9:59 PM

Racalto also raised concerns about “the way Massa ran his office” and informed Pelosi’s member-services staffer that he had asked Massa to move out of the group house on Capitol Hill, the Pelosi aide said…

Question: This paragraph ties into the 1st paragraph? Where Racalto says he told Pelosi’s member services staff IN OCTOBER about troubles with Massa? So rumors had to be flying around from October on- I mean this is DC- that Massa was asked to leave an all male group house.

Should Beck have asked Massa if anyone besides Rahm approached him before the Nov vote and hinted at knowing about him being asked to arrange for new living quarters etc? That if he had voted yes in November or had promised to vote yes now that this would be swept under the rug?

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 10, 2010 at 10:05 PM

wow, drudge has a *seriously* scary picture of this… female… on his website.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 10:16 PM

Is this like when the CIA didn’t bother to inform her about their plans for waterboarding?

NoLeftTurn on March 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Charlie Rangel’s crap has languished in ethics investigations for what, months? Years? And Massa’s situation gets insta-billing?

BS.

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

Oh, Massa’s definitely gone under the bus.

disa on March 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

Can they add in the whole waterboarding lies she got caught in that was blasted by the CIA chief?

djaymick on March 10, 2010 at 10:26 PM

She’s been so honest and forthright up to now, I guess we have no choice but to believe that her staff simply forgot to tell her that a formal ethics inquiry featuring explosively sordid charges was being launched against a member of the caucus.

I actually believe that. After all, a similar thing recently happened to Rangel.

It really sucks when your own staff tricks you into violating ethical standards.

RINO in Name Only on March 10, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Living proof that San Francisco would vote for a two-headed rattlesnake if it were sufficiently liberal.

Goddamn, that woman makes me physically sick. The most hypocritical, smug beeyotch ever. She’s every bit as prolific a liar as the Bamboozler-in-Chief.

hillbillyjim on March 10, 2010 at 10:55 PM

…I have little doubt that this has come out because he was a ‘no’ vote on healthcare….

Midas on March 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM

This is what I’ve been thinking. This timing is all a bit too convenient.

INC on March 10, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Let\’s get really conspiracy-theorist here. Let\’s say the leadership\’s got something highly embarrassing on a member. Or a dozen members. Let\’s say it\’s worse than just cost these people their House seats; it\’s bad enough to do great harm to their reputation and earning ability once they\’re back on the street. Maybe send a couple to jail. And you wanted to send a message to that Dirty Dozen, that there are worse things than being thrown out by the voters in November and if you don\’t do what you\’re told you might find out to what particular ring of Hell you\’ve been consigned. You\’d pick a decently juicy example and chuck him to the wolves pour encourager les autres.Kinda like Massa.Not saying that\’s what\’s going on, but it\’s almost fun to think about Pelosi\’s bunch trying to pull it off.

JEM on March 10, 2010 at 11:29 PM

It’s always the cover-ups that get them, isn’t it? I knew she was lying when she came up with that “Rumor City” dance. This sort of obfuscation worked pretty well for her when she tried to smear the C.I.A., why not use the same technique again? Didn’t she claim a staffer informed her the C.I.A. was using waterboarding but she hadn’t heard it first hand? Sure, the C.I.A. described the technique to her, but gosh, they never told her that they actually used it.

Remember her desire to start a “Truth Commission”? Bring it on, Nancy P!

Buy Danish on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM

Is this like when the CIA didn’t bother to inform her about their plans for waterboarding?

NoLeftTurn on March 10, 2010 at 10:24 PM

No. This time there is an infinitesimal chance that this time it is true.

Slowburn on March 10, 2010 at 11:38 PM

Proof that proofreading your own work is difficult.

No. This time there is an infinitesimal chance that it is true.

Slowburn on March 10, 2010 at 11:40 PM

Buy Danish on March 10, 2010 at 11:33 PM

I think it was in American Thinker today that tax day- April 15th is the last day before the CIA has to release the memos on Nancy per a court order obtained by Judicial Watch?

Depending on what the memos reveal – I may start to celebrate Tax Day as the beginning of the end of the reign of Pelosi.

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 10, 2010 at 11:57 PM

I hope her broom stalls out over the Grand Canyon.

Fallen Sparrow on March 11, 2010 at 12:49 AM

And once again this morning, she is again trumpeting the undeniable fact that she has the Democrats close, OH SO CLOSE, to approving her beloved healthcare boondoogle bill, so close she can reach out and touch it, so close she can reach out and taste it, so close and…..

Exactly how much more of this lying, disgusting, despicably vile and power-mad woman do We The People have to endure?

pilamaye on March 11, 2010 at 6:02 AM

Don’t get rid of him!
Just file that tidbit away,
For future blackmail.

A compromised man
Is better for the Speaker
Than an honest one.

Haiku Guy on March 11, 2010 at 7:08 AM

Maybe I don’t understand what she means by “formal notification,” but having the majority leader inform her office that he was reporting a member to the ethics committee seems formal-ish, at least.

Heh.

And, yet again.

Jaibones on March 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM

Is the picture of Nanny Piloshishi, accompaning this blog, the one taken right after her face was stretched and allowed to snap back to reality? Because, the picture conveys the expression of a liberal hate monger, who is no longer in touch with the reality that her ideas are being discounted as fast as she can think them up.

MSGTAS on March 11, 2010 at 9:54 AM

Maybe I don’t understand what she means by “formal notification,

It means there’s no paper trail to prove “what she knew and when she knew it.” It was only people talking… rumors, really… nothing concrete…

taznar on March 11, 2010 at 10:35 AM

journeyintothewhirlwind on March 11, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Great info. Did you check out the 2 G.O.P. candidates who are running against Nancy P? I have to go with Dana Walsh. The picture of her is awful, but she’s excellent in the videos. John Dennis is a PaulNut so that eliminates him in my book.

Buy Danish on March 11, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Hmmm…Seems To Me This Is The Point I Made Back In This Thread On Massa.

Old Gregor thinks this is all about the health insurance reform bill the above thread. The Democrats know they are vulnerable. They did this to the Republicans with Foley SEE 2006 elections. So does this kill the Massa Scandal? It doesn’t look like it – it’s still in the news cycle.

Nancy on Charlie Rose calling Massa SICK, and then qualifying he has Cancer. The way she phrased that was intentional TOO FUNNY…she leans forward, Well He’s Sick maybe his illness – his condition, had something to do with his behavior. Uh Huh, He had to live with young male staffers because he is battling Cancer defense? Nancy Pelosi is really grabbing at invisible straws, who put those talking points together for her? Fire them Nancy, they are making you look foolish.

Dr Evil on March 11, 2010 at 11:32 AM

this is a bit off topic but after looking at that shiny-cheeked she-devil shyster Pelosi, I was struck by the thought that her plastic surgeon used Saran Wrap(tm) for her facelift and cheek implants.

Just sayin’….

CatchAll on March 11, 2010 at 2:05 PM