A U.S. senate aide who graduated from Palo Alto High School is out of a job after a video surfaced allegedly showing him having sex with another man in a Senate hearing room.
Aidan Maese-Czeropski had worked for Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., who had previously called the U.S. Capitol a “sacred space” while comparing the Jan. 6, 2021 uprising with 9/11.
Cardin’s office put out a brief statement saying Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the senate.
On Friday, The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet, published what it said was video showing a congressional staffer having “sex with an unknown man in the Senate hearing room.” It added that the video was shared “in a private group for gay men in politics.”
Then, a handful of conservative outlets alleged that Maese-Czeropski was one of the men in the video.
Maese-Czeropski couldn’t be reached for comment, but he posted a statement on LinkedIn that did not deny his involvement.
“This has been a difficult time for me, as I have been attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda. While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgment, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace,” wrote Maese-Czeropski.
Maese-Czeropski graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2017. He went on to get his bachelor’s degree from UC-Berkeley. He has worked for Cardin since October 2021, and previously was an intern for Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in 2018.