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WaPo: Massa Tried To Pick Up Bartender At Wake For Slain Soldier


The Post story reports that Massa's alleged misconduct began in March 2009, just a few months after he was elected to Congress. The paper sums up the allegations: "male staffers complained that their boss had touched them in a sexual manner, came up with reasons to have staffers travel alone with him on overnight trips, and expressed a desire to have sex with the men in the office."

After the incident at the soldier's wake in February in Hornel, New York, Massa Chief of Staff Joe Racalto decided -- unsatisfied by his boss's explanation that Massa was trying to help the bartender get into law school -- that the persistent problems needed to be brought to the attention of the House leadership.

Massa's deputy chief of staff reportedly told Hoyer about the problems the week of February 8, setting off the string of events that led to Massa's resignation.

Our timeline of the case is here. The full Post story is very much worth a read.