The previous Senate staffer accused of being filmed having intercourse in a Senate Judiciary Committee listening to room is an environmentalist who has been climbing the ranks of the Democratic Social gathering since he was a youngster and has a historical past of posting risque feedback on social media.
Aidan Maese-Czeropski, 24, was fired from the workplace of retiring Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) over the weekend following stories that recognized him as one of many males filmed having public intercourse in a committee room leaked from a non-public WhatsApp group to the Each day Caller.
The allegations put an finish to Maese-Czeropski’s two-year profession within the senator’s workplace, with the 24-year-old only in the near past having fun with a brand new place as an aide to Cardin’s international coverage, tax and commerce crew, in response to his LinkedIn account.
Maese-Czeropski, a California native, had first joined Cardin’s workplace in October 2021 as a workers assistant.
He took the place following a six-month fellowship at Buddies of the Earth, a UK-based nonprofit group centered on environmental analysis and activism.
Maese-Czeropski has a bachelor’s of science in society and setting, having attended the College of California, Berkeley’s Faculty of Pure Sources. He additionally studied international environmental change and sustainability at Johns Hopkins College.
He appeared to at all times have an curiosity in politics, having served as an intern within the workplace of the late Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) throughout the summer time of 2018.
Previous to that, he served because the information editor for the Palo Alto Excessive Faculty’s Paly Voice newspaper, the place he wrote an editorial in 2016 calling on voters to elect Hillary Clinton.
After graduating from Berkeley in 2020, Maese-Czeropski served as a area organizer for the Democratic Social gathering of Virginia, campaigning for President Biden in Loudoun County.
He additionally labored on the statewide Latino outreach program, “Todos con Biden,” to assist register hundreds of Spanish-speaking voters.
Throughout his time as a area organizer, Maese-Czeropski additionally appeared in a 2020 marketing campaign video with then-candidate Joe Biden.
Unbeknownst to Biden, the younger Democrat he had posed alongside tends to make salacious feedback on his now-deleted Venmo account.
One publish on March 5, 2020, learn: “I would like Joe Biden to spit in my mouth.”
Different posts across the time present funds with the memos claiming they have been for “Strip dancers,” a “Pineapple formed dildo,” and “sexual favors.”
The risque posts appeared to come back to a head with the leak of the X-rated video which confirmed Maese-Czeropski having intercourse with one other man in the identical room the place nominees to the Supreme Court docket are grilled by senators and the place former FBI boss James Comey as soon as testified about alleged Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election, the Spectator reported on Friday.
“Aidan Maese-Czeropski is now not employed by the U.S. Senate. We can have no additional touch upon this personnel matter,” a Cardin spokeswoman advised The Put up following the information of the video.
The US Capitol Police have since launched a probe into potential prison violations after the video started circulating.
Maese-Czeropski admitted that he confirmed “poor judgment,” however claimed in a social media publish that he’s being victimized over the video.
“I really like my job and would by no means disrespect my office,” he wrote. “Any makes an attempt to characterize my actions in any other case are fabricated and I can be exploring what authorized choices can be found to me in these issues.”
The Put up has been unable to achieve Maese-Czeropski for remark.