Yesterday, my Congressman Eric Massa announced that he would not seek re-election, citing health reasons. The Politico and The Atlantic later reported that there had been allegations of sexual harassment against a male staffer. The AP later reported that Hoyer knew of the allegations and directed Massa to the House ethics committee. Meanwhile, though, WHAM 13 (a Rochester tv station known for doing good reporting on things like this) spoke with Massa’s chief of staff who said he’d never heard about any of this.
Some people have spoken with (not people from the Massa campaign) say they’re not sure at all what’s going on here, that Massa’s claim he just uses “salty language” may not be as implausible as it sounds, and that early reports on the nature of the charges may have jumped the gun. I’ve also spoken with people who tell me (convincingly) that Massa’s story about health issues is not plausible (at least not the way Massa described it). So there probably is SOMETHING at the bottom of this, but it may not be the sexual harassment angle that we’ve been hearing.
If you’re interested in following this story, I can’t recommend the blog Fighting29th highly enough. I think it’s probably the best single-district political blog in the country.
I may as well disclose this: I have given money to Massa, done lots of volunteer work for his campaign, and know a lot of people from his campaign very well.