Aidan Maese-Czeropski, a legislative aide for Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, has been dismissed from his position after a video depicting him allegedly engaging in a s**ual act with another man in a Senate hearing room surfaced online. The eight-second clip, obtained and published by the Daily Caller, shows two figures seemingly engaged in misconduct in what appears to be the Hart Hearing Room, a prominent space within the Senate Judiciary Committee.
While the identities of the individuals in the video have not been definitively confirmed, Maese-Czeropski was widely named on social media as one of the participants. Following the video’s release, Cardin’s office confirmed that Maese-Czeropski was no longer employed by the Senate, stating that it would not comment further on the matter as it was considered a “personnel issue.”
Without a doubt, the controversy has damaged the Senate’s reputation and prompted concerns about security procedures inside the Capitol. The video’s apparent ease of filming and distribution has drawn criticism, drawing attention to possible gaps in control and access.