Reporting Joe Shortsleeve
BOSTON (CBS) – State Rep. Mark Cusack of Braintree didn’t come into the office Monday while reporters waited for a response to a new scandal at the State House.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo is investigating a report that a security officer caught Cusack in what’s being called “inappropriate behavior” with another lawmaker’s aide in the House chambers late one night back in April.
When the guard asked him to identify himself, Cusack reportedly gave the officer the name of another freshman Democrat in the House.
A source told the State House News Service that both Cusack and the woman were clothed.
Word of the alleged incident became public Friday.
WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve reports.
Cusack, a 26-year-old freshman Democrat from Braintree, has not commented yet.
Assistant Minority Leader George Peterson told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Monday he hopes the matter will be resolved quickly.
“We’re going to wait and see where the Speaker’s investigation goes,” he said.
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Before winning the seat, Cusack worked as a legislative aide on Beacon Hill and spent more than two years as an assistant to Braintree Mayor Joseph Sullivan.
Braintree town councilor John Mullaney told WBZ NewsRadio that Cusack needs to set the record straight now.
“If the facts are inaccurate, he should clarify them. If the facts are accurate, he should apologize for what he did,” Mullaney said.
Mullaney said Cusack has worked diligently on behalf of the town and its residents and that he comes from a good family.
Even if the allegations are true, Cusack might not face much trouble, if the woman consented and no state resources were used.
“He may have some apologies to make. In a way, he’s better off having pursued his love interests the old fashioned way, rather than have texted or tweeted incriminating pictures,” WBZ Radio and TV political analyst Jon Keller said Monday.
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“There’s a long, somewhat sordid history of sexual activity inside the State House going back decades. There’s pretty much no part of the State House into which love cannot enter, if you call it love,” Keller added. “You could say that Cusack was just doing in the middle of the night what all of them are doing to the taxpayer all day long.”
It is unclear when the 26-year-old Democrat will be back in his State House office, but Speaker DeLeo is promising this issue will be dealt with quickly.
“It is a distraction and I am glad the speaker is looking into it,” said Republican lawmaker Elizabeth Poirer of North Attleboro.
The State House News Service said the woman involved in the late night encounter works for a Republican representative.
WBZ-TV’s Joe Shortsleeve contributed to this report.