Tickle Fight

Pelosi's Office Warned about Massa

Guess she can’t say she didn’t see it coming: Eric Massa’s top aide, chief of staff Joe Racalto, warned Nancy Pelosi in October of the then-congressman’s inappropriate behavior. Apparently, Racalto called Pelosi’s staff after Massa made a lunch date with a 20-something staffer from Barney Frank’s office. Racalto told Pelosi’s office that he was worried the lunch was just the latest incident in a pattern in which Massa was continually trying to spend time along with young, gay men. The House Ethics Committee dropped its investigation of Massa after the congressman resigned on Monday, but Republicans want the probe to continue—insisting that former Rep. Mark Foley was still investigated after he stepped down for inappropriate conversations with teenage congressional pages.