Pelosi's soft-on-Dem skeeviness policy extended to Oregon Democrat Rep. David Wu, as well. While local Oregon activists and journalists exposed the sicko's bizarre behavior for months in 2011, Pelosi looked the other way at her former colleague's vulgar antics. The seven-term liberal congressman made national headlines after his own mortified staff revolted against their Tigger costume-wearing, drunk-texting boss.
Wu's closest advisers demanded that he seek treatment. But House Democrats (who had poured some $80,000 into Wu's re-election coffers) remained silent and took no action. As I noted at the time, Wu's sexually aggressive, alcohol-addled and erratic outbursts stretched over decades. He admitted in 2004 that he engaged in "inexcusable behavior" as a 1970s undergrad at Stanford University, where school officials disciplined him after his ex-girlfriend told campus police he attempted to rape her and stifle her screams with a pillow after a breakup.
Only after The Oregonian newspaper published allegations by a teenage girl who had complained for months to apathetic Capitol Hill offices of an "unwanted sexual encounter" with Wu did Nancy "Drain the Swamp" Pelosi call for an investigation by the House ethics committee.
In a demonstration of equal-opportunity callousness, Pelosi showed the same disregard for male victims of a Democratic lecher. Pelosi's office was told in October 2009 by the chief of staff of predatory former colleague Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., that the congressman had sexually harassed several young male staffers. Massa's former deputy chief of staff and legislative director also contacted leading Democrats on the House ethics committee. Former House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer also knew of the freaky habits of the married Massa.
True to form, Pelosi and the creep enablers did nothing for five months -- until after Massa resigned in March 2010. A House ethics inquiry into the sexual harassment scandal has gone where most House ethics inquiries go: nowhere.
Whether she's carrying a gavel or just carrying water, Pelosi has served as a loyal apologist and abettor of the Democratic Bad Boys Club. What exactly will it take before voters finally turn this perv protector into a "former colleague"?