Story You Won't See in the DFW - Democrat Candidate Aide Fired For Soliciting Young Boys

Here's an article you probably won't see in the Wrapper any time soon, because this time, the shoe is on the other foot. As reported by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:

November 2, 2006) — CORNING — Democratic congressional candidate Eric Massa fired his campaign manager in June and has accused him of providing alcohol to underage boys and inviting a teenage boy to spend the night with him.

Massa accused Sanford Dickert of New York City of luring three underage boys into his apartment in Corning and illegally providing them with beer and hard liquor. The ensuing party resulted in water damage to the apartment and to merchandise in an antique store under it. The store was forced to close for two days.

The Massa campaign paid more than $3,000 for the damage to the apartment and the store, according to court documents.

The allegations are contained in a document filed Oct. 19 in state Supreme Court in Steuben County. Dickert went to court to seek arbitration after his dismissal. Massa responded by filing for a stay of arbitration.

"It's an ongoing labor dispute," Massa said Wednesday. "Our attorneys are working out the details."

Massa, who's trying to unseat Rep. John Randy Kuhl Jr., R-Hammondsport, Steuben County, in the 29th Congressional District, said he did not learn until after he fired Dickert that the campaign manager had asked a 16-year-old boy to spend the night with him.

Now if this had been a Republican challenger to a Democratic incumbent,(or a current Congressman, like, say, Mark Foley) you can be fairly certain that this would have been all over the wires, and therefore would have been in the DFW. But because it is a Democrat, it will be buried as deep as possible.

Update to this story...

Steve -

Been a while since I saw this - but I wanted to give you an update on the story. Take a look at

Sanford Dickert and Eric Massa express mutual regret that issues arose. Eric Massa has since learned that the allegations regarding Sanford Dickert were unfounded.

Eric Massa regrets and acknowledges the unrealized benefit to Democratic political campaigns as a result of Sanford Dickert’s absence from organized political activity during the pendency of this litigation.

To the extent that misunderstandings in the heat of the campaign were wrongfully interpreted or misunderstood by anyone, Eric Massa offers his regrets to Sanford Dickert and is prepared to use his good name to remediate the foregoing and any harm caused to Sanford Dickert’s good reputation.

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