TLP: Really, Can't This Story Please Just Go Away?
Now it's completely a "he said, he said" bitchfight. And, sadly, not likely to be over any time soon. Pity the poor someone at the AP who will have to track this til it mercifully dies.
Former congressman Eric Massa said Saturday that someone forged a $40,000 salary increase for his chief of staff, who has accused Mr. Massa of sexual harassment.Ugly before it's over. Count on it.
Mr. Massa, a New York Democrat, also denied authorizing a check from a campaign account in the same amount to the same official, Joe Racalto, according to a statement released by Mr. Massa’s lawyer. Mr. Racalto’s lawyer denied the accusations and said the transactions were done at Mr. Massa’s direction.
The exchange came as Mr. Racalto filed a sexual harassment complaint against Mr. Massa, who resigned from the House in March.
Mr. Massa’s statement said that “someone forged then-congressman Massa’s signature on forms raising Mr. Racalto’s own salary as a member of the congressman’s personal staff from $120,000 per year to the maximum permissible level of $160,000.”