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Ah, the wages of sin

March 4, 2010

First-term Rep. Eric Massa announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, saying his doctors have told him that he can’t continue to “run at 100 miles an hour.”

But several House aides told POLITICO that the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that the New York Democrat, who is married with two children, made unwanted advances toward a junior male staffer.


Massa is now the 15th House Democrat to announce retirement plans, with 11 of them leaving districts that Republicans are aggressively contesting. House Republicans face 19 retirements, but most of their departing members hail from safe seats.


His sin here isn’t that he wanted to have sex with his (male) staffer (although sexual harassment is very wrong), or that he was attempting to cheat on his wife (although that is both sleazy and wrong). His sin was that he was apparently a bad enough boss that other staffers didn’t feel the need to protect him, and instead turned him in. You reap what you sow. Good for the senior staff member who did the right thing, and hurray for the possible seat switch.



Paul Krugman rebuts the idea that Milton Friedman and the Chicago school of Economics had anything to do with Chile’s prosperity. (h/t)

No Child Left Behind up for review / change – If we are going to have federal involvement in schools (not that I support that but at the moment it’s a reality) this is a fix to NCLB I can live with –

The administration also wants changes in the law’s provisions on teacher quality, he said.

The current law requires states to certify that all teachers are highly qualified, based on their college coursework and state-issued credentials.

The administration hopes to refocus that section away from paper credentials to teacher effectiveness, in part by asking states to devise better systems for teacher evaluation. Race to the Top, the grant program in which 41 states are competing for a share of $4 billion in federal money, requires participating states to develop the capability to evaluate teachers based on student test data, at least in part.

Local control and a refusal to participate in collective bargaining with teachers unions would be a better solution but I will take a semi-workable solution over a completely broken one.

This is probably a good thing

In the March 2, 2010, primary election, avowed young-earth creationist Don McLeroy narrowly lost his bid to be the Republican candidate for the District 9 seat on the Texas state board of education. As the Dallas Morning News (March 3, 2010) reported, “The fiercely contested race pitted McLeroy, a dentist from College Station and member of the board’s social conservative bloc, against [Thomas] Ratliff, a legislative consultant and son of former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff,” who is viewed as likely to side with the moderates on the board. There is no Democratic candidate for the seat, so Ratliff is expected to be elected in November 2010.

That’s Right added to blogroll 🙂

6 Comments leave one →
  1. xbradtc permalink
    March 4, 2010 9:43 am

    CDR Salamander has a somewhat different take on the nature of the alleged harassment in the Rep. Massa case.

    I’m not saying that no “straight’ guy has ever come on to someone, just that it seems pretty plausible that someone is butthurt over harsh words.

    • jenn1964 permalink*
      March 4, 2010 11:17 am

      It could be, but the article I read is that a senior staffer reported the harassment on behalf of a junior staffer so to me the idea that the staffer is just hurt seems a little less plausible.

      • xbradtc permalink
        March 4, 2010 7:20 pm

        Yeah, I’m hearing that as well, now.

        We’ll see.


        We certainly won’t hear in the nauseating detail we’d hear if he were a Republican.

  2. jenn1964 permalink*
    March 4, 2010 7:31 pm

    That’s true.

  3. March 22, 2010 5:27 pm

    Have you got an rss feed? I can’t find the icon can you give me the link to subscribe to, thanks.


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