Former Democratic representative Anthony Weiner of New York. Lost in the aftermath of Weiner’s mucky-yucky nude selfie and sexting scandals is the fact that Pelosi refused to condemn him until his interactions with an underage girl in Delaware were exposed by conservative bloggers and confirmed by police. Only then did champion-of-women Pelosi rush from behind to lead the demands for Weiner’s resignation.
Former Democratic representative Eric Massa of New York. In 2010, the married Massa resigned amid a sordid sexual-harassment scandal involving young, low-paid male staffers he allegedly lured to his Capitol Hill playhouse for “tickle fights.” Turned out that Pelosi’s office had been informed months before, by a staffer of former Democratic Representative Barney Frank (Mass.), of Massa’s predatory and harassing behavior with multiple congressional employees. Massa’s former deputy chief of staff and legislative director also contacted leading Democrats on the House Ethics Committee. Former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) also knew of Massa’s misconduct. But Pelosi said and did nothing until allegations went public. A toothless House Ethics Committee investigation went nowhere.
“I have a job to do and not to be the receiver of rumors,” she deflected icily.