No one expects her wedding to wind up at the center of a Congressional ethics investigation. But a staffer for then-Rep. Eric Massa got a wedding gift even worse than yet another toaster oven when an incident at her New Years Eve nuptials wound up as part of a probe into her bosss alleged bad behavior.
The celebration of the marriage of then-Massa aide Kate Krems and Washington native Rick Lourenco is lovingly described on the Web site
beantownbride.com, and it appears the Dec. 31 event is the very one at which Massa admitted to some down and dirty language.
During a radio broadcast Sunday, Massa described the raucous New Years Eve wedding of a female staffer as the scene of the incident that landed him in hot water. Massa said that after his wife had gone home sick, he danced with the bride and a bridesmaid, after which a staffer sitting at a tableful of apparently drunk dudes suggested that Massa ought to chase after the bridesmaid. Massa said he grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and said, Well, what I really ought to be doing is fracking you.
Roll Calls repeated efforts to reach Massa staffers, including Krems, were unsuccessful, so we cant say for sure that her wedding was the one that Massa described. But it seems all but certain, since Massa only has a handful of female staffers and Krems wedding happened on the night that the Massa incident took place.
On the Beantown Bride site, the couples big night is described as a fairytale wedding come true with a candle-lit ceremony followed by a James Bond-themed reception at the Ritz-Carlton in Boston. The write-up is accompanied by a video highlighting special moments from the night. (We didnt spot Massa in any of the shots, but the bridesmaids got some airtime.)
The night is described as a truly unique celebration, which seems apropos, considering it wont just be memorialized in photos and videos, but possibly in sworn testimony, too.
A Vision in White. First lady Michelle Obama famously dazzled on the night of President Barack Obamas inauguration, earning rave reviews for the one-shoulder, white silk chiffon gown that she wore to the many balls.
But when the first lady officially donated the stunning Jason Wu-designed dress to the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum of American History on Tuesday (it goes on display today), she recalled that getting ready to debut the gown on that historic night wasnt picture-perfect.
Earlier in the day, the new first couple had stood in the frigid outdoors at the inaugural parade until every last band walked by, Michelle Obama recalled. That didnt leave much time to prepare for the evening.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.