Ethics Committee should still investigate Eric Massa
When Larry King asked former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) if he was gay, he responded, "Ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the Navy." Well, Joshua Green at The Atlantic did ask some of the sailors who served with Massa. They reveal a pattern of a predator using his higher rank to take advantage of subordinates who did not welcome his many advances -- and who did not report him for fear of retribution. It is a pattern that we're painfully aware of today. This is why I believe the House ethics committee was wrong to end its investigation into Massa's conduct while on The Hill.
Among other things, Massa retold the wedding story and then admitted to Glenn Beck on Tuesday that he groped a male staffer and that a tickle fight ensued.
The Post reports today that Massa's chief of staff became alarmed when he found out that the congressman was due to have lunch with a young staffer from Rep. Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) office. This is the same chief of staff who Massa said had a conniption over his living in a group house with his young male staff. These are all signs that something more alarming could be lurking in the shadows. From what we already know, Massa's behavior is troubling. If he crossed the line, he must be held accountable.
Former representative Mark Foley (R-Fla.) was investigated by the ethics committee after he resigned in 2006 due to claims that he sent sexually explicit messages to former male pages. By snuffing the ethics inquiry, House Democratic leadership is handing their Republican counterparts yet another club with which to beat them. (When you have no ideas, any and all distractions from that fact come in handy.) More importantly, if Massa did wrong, he needs to be held accountable. By closing its investigation, the ethics committee could be letting a troubled man with a disturbing pattern of harassment get away with it.
| March 11, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
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