Following the release of an explicit homosexual sex tape filmed inside a Senate hearing room, the Senate aide behind the video has been fired after widespread backlash and ridicule.
According to Politico, the junior aide to Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.) is no longer employed as of Saturday, according to a statement from the Democratic Senator’s office. The graphic video in question, released with partial censoring by the Daily Caller, shows the staffer receiving anal sex as the camera pans over the whole of the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, which has featured numerous major hearings such as Supreme Court confirmations and reports from the 9/11 Commission.
The staffer has since been identified through LinkedIn and other social media posts as Aidan Maese-Czerposki. After initially refusing to give comment on a “personnel matter,” Cardin’s office released a statement declaring that “Maese-Czeropski is no longer employed by the U.S. Senate,” and that “we will have no further comment on this personnel matter.”
On Friday, Maese-Czeropski issued a statement on his LinkedIn account claiming that “homophobia” is to blame for his firing, saying that he has “been attacked for who I love to pursue a political agenda.”
“While some of my actions in the past have shown poor judgement, I love my job and would never disrespect my workplace,” he continued. “Any attempts to characterize my actions otherwise are fabricated and I will be exploring what legal options are available to me in these matters.”
After being identified as the staffer in the sex tape, Maese-Czeropski was separately identified by social media users as the same Senate staffer who accosted Congressman Max Miller (R-Ohio) over the Israel-Hamas war just several days prior, in the halls of Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, he was filmed shouting “Free Palestine” at Miller, who is Jewish.
Prior to joining Cardin’s office in October of 2021, Maese-Czeropski had also worked as an intern for the late Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in 2018.