• Eric Massa Accused of Being Even More Eric Massa-esque Than Previously Thought

    So, guess what. It now appears as though former Rep. Eric Massa's troublingly improprietous behavior with staff members went slightly beyond impromptu birthday wrestling matches

    Just three months after Eric Massa was elected to Congress, his young male employees on Capitol Hill began complaining to supervisors that the lawmaker was making aggressive, sexual overtures toward them, according to new interviews and internal documents…

    This account, drawn from more than two dozen interviews and internal documents, shows that aides were accusing the 50-year-old married lawmaker of far more egregious behavior than previously known. Beginning in March 2009 and over the next several months, male staffers complained that their boss had touched them in a sexual manner, came up with reasons to have staffers travel alone with him on overnight trips, and expressed a desire to have sex with the men in the office.

    The "next several months"? This went on for months? That's definitely months longer than it should have ever been allowed to go on. Maybe I'm outing myself as a social conservative here, but I think that incidents of aggressive congressional sexual harassment of this kind should only be tolerated for days. Or, maybe, in some cases, weeks. After that, someone should probably step in and put an end to it.

    Speaking of which…

    The incident that eventually lead to Massa's resignation occurred at a funeral reception on Feb. 2 in Hornel, N.Y., for Lance Cpl. Zack Smith. The 19-year-old Marine had died in an explosion in Afghanistan. Massa struck up a conversation with a young bartender serving at the informal wake.

    To be fair, it's hard to blame Massa for this particular incident. Everybody knows that those funerals for fallen U.S. soldiers are total meat markets. Am I right? Am I right? C'mon, someone. Right? Eh…

    Four days later, a local blogger alerted the congressman's office that someone had posted an anonymous comment on his site accusing Massa of soliciting sex from the bartender, according to an e-mail obtained by The Post.

    Racalto [a staffer] said he also received a voicemail message from the bartender asking why Massa wanted to meet him in Buffalo, 85 miles away, for dinner. Racalto said he confronted Massa, and the congressman said he was trying to give the man a law school reference.

    The old "trying to give the man a law school reference" treatment, huh? I didn't think that antiquated euphemism was still tossed around these days.


    Tags: Democrats, Eric Massa, House of Representatives, LGBT, Military, New York

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