Steny Hoyer: hero of the Eric Massa episode
Sadly, Americans now aren’t that surprised when their elected officials behave badly. Such shenanigans as frequenting prostitutes, ignoring tax codes or dissembling to cover visits to mistresses has inured us to the misconduct of people who are supposed to do the public good. So, when a politician actually does the right thing, it’s occasion to take note. If not stand up and cheer.
Case in point is House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and his deft handling of complaints about former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.). Hoyer is the one a top Massa aide took complaints to about the congressman’s conduct. Massa’s own accounts (apparently depending upon his mood) acknowledge inappropriate language, groping a male staffer and (I still can’t get over this) tickling to the point of breathlessness. Kudos to Ron Hikel, Massa’s former deputy chief of staff, for speaking up, and kudos to Hoyer for making clear that if Massa didn’t bring the matter to the House ethics committee, he would.
Hoyer, as Roll Call notes, has long been an advocate for internal House ethics investigations. And it’s particularly refreshing that Hoyer didn’t let party considerations enter into his calculation of what’s right and what’s wrong. Now that's something to be tickled about
| March 10, 2010; 12:06 PM ET
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