Eric Massa And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi`s Deficient Cleaning Service
"Maybe it will
take a woman to clean up the House," Nancy Pelosi
boasted before the 2006 midterm elections.
Looks like those XX chromosomes
didn`t give her much advantage over the old cleaning
crew. The swamp she was supposed to drain is
overflowing. And fewer than four years after a
sordid sexual predation scandal involving a
creepy congressman rocked the Republican Party, a
sordid sexual predation scandal involving a creepy
congressman is now rocking the Democratic Party.
The same questions that
dogged House leaders then are dogging House Speaker
Pelosi now: What did she and her staff know, and when
did they know it?
On Thursday afternoon, by a vote of
402-1, the House overwhelmingly passed a privileged
resolution offered by the Republican leadership
demanding a formal House Ethics Committee investigation
of Pelosi and her (mis)handling of harassment
allegations concerning disgraced former New York Rep.
Eric Massa. The soft-on-corruption ethics panel (see
Charlie") had decided to shut down its investigation after Massa abruptly
resigned on Monday.
But with reports piling up on how
Massa kept a Capitol Hill playhouse filled with young,
low-paid male staffers, and how Pelosi`s office had
fielded complaints of his bizarre and inappropriate
behavior back in October, the House decided to pry the
lid back open and put a stop to what the resolution
calls the "public
ridicule" the seeming cover-up has invited.
Housecleaner Pelosi cannot be
pleased by the second-guessing of her handiwork. Color
her an un-merry maid. Even Democratic Rep. Patrick
Kennedy, fresh from his raving House floor meltdown over
media coverage of the Massa mess, voted for the
GOP-initiated House resolution. Finally: Bipartisanship
we can believe in!
With the exception of lone
Chaka Fattah who voted
"no" and 27
members (including those who sit on the House Ethics
Committee) who voted
every other member of Pelosi`s House
supported the petition to direct the Committee on
Standards of Official Conduct to investigate fully
Democratic leaders and members of their respective
staffs had knowledge prior to March 3, 2010 of the
aforementioned allegations concerning Mr. Massa, and
what actions each leader and staffer having any such
knowledge took after learning of the allegations."
The resolution stipulates that
"numerous confusing and conflicting media reports that House Democratic
leaders knew about, and may have failed to handle
appropriately, allegations that Rep. Massa was sexually
harassing his own employees have raised serious and
legitimate questions about what Speaker Pelosi as well
as other Democratic leaders and their respective staffs
were told, and what those individuals did with the
information in their possession."
Democratic Rep. Barney Frank, who
earned a House Ethics Committee slap on the wrist in
1990 after using his congressional office
to fix parking tickets for male prostitute Steven Gobie,
was one of those leaders in the know. After voting for
the resolution, he
disclosed for the first time that Massa had invited
one of his young staffers to dinner.
was not an ethical violation," Frank said in a
published statement, one of his senior staffers was
informed of the dinner and alerted Massa`s Chief of
Staff Joe Racalto.
In other words: Frank`s office knew
it smelled illicit. And Frank would know.
Racalto went on to contact Pelosi`s
office directly in October. Tick, tick, tick. Five
months later, in the wake of Massa`s own self-professed
proclivity for tickle parties and victim/witness
accounts of Massa`s alleged sexual assaults on his Navy
underlings, Pelosi is pooh-poohing the scandal:
"I have a job to
do and not to be the receiver of rumors."
Translation: Don`t bother me with concerns about my
members` indiscretions. I`m busy. How quickly we`ve
accelerated from the
House ever to
"see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil."
There was a time when Pelosi the
protector held House leaders to the highest standards
and expectations in guarding young people working on
Capitol Hill. During the GOP Mark Foley scandal, she
"The children who work as Pages in the Congress are
Members` special trust. Statements by the Republican
Leadership indicate that they violated this trust when
they were made aware of the Internet stalking of an
underage Page by Mr. Foley and covered it up for six
months to a year."
Yet, she remains silent on the
plight of the 20-somethings with whom Massa was keeping
house under circumstances that
rate an Ick Factor of 10-plus. Massa`s alleged
targets are someone`s children, too.
Deflecting accountability for her
own office`s violations of trust, Pelosi feigned
sympathy for Massa and attributed his impaired ethical
judgment to his medical condition (he has cancer). "Poor baby," she said through gritted teeth. He`s
"a very sick
person." So, what`s Pelosi`s excuse?
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