Capitol Hill Blue
By Doug Thompson
Mar 11 2010
Once again, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who promised to “drain the swamp” by purging Congress of ethically-challenged members, looked the other way when questions were raised by a Democratic colleague.
The Washington Post is reporting that the chief of staff for Rep. Eric Massa notified Pelosi’s office in October 2009 to express is concern over his boss’s sexual harassment of male staff members on the Hill.
Joe Racalto, told the Speaker’s office that he was uneasy about Massa’s behavior towards young gay men on the Hill. Massa, 52 and married, would spend time alone with the young men with no work purpose, the Post reported.
Pelosi ignored the warnings and Massa has since become the latest ethics embarassment for the Speaker and the Democratic Party. He resigned his seat after the ethics committee launched an inquiry that was not instigated by the Speaker’s office.
Pelosi is not commenting on the Post’s report. She has also come under fire for her delays in taking actions against scandal-scarred New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, who stepped down recently from chairmanship of the House Ways & Means Committee amid probes by the House ethics committee and the Department of Justice. She also tried to promote ethics-plagued John Murtha of Pennsylvania into a Democratic leadership role — a move rejected by her House colleagues. Murtha died last month.