A Race to the Bottom in Ben Cardin's Office

Sen. Ben Cardin (D., Md.) / Photo by Kevin Dietsch, Getty Images
December 15, 2023

When Ben Cardin announced his impending retirement from the Senate in May, the Maryland Democrat expressed his "profound thanks" to "the most dedicated staff in all of Congress." For one staffer, that dedication has been shown in unconventional ways.

On Friday afternoon, a report in the Spectator revealed that a Cardin aide maintained a public Twitter account to which he posted pornographic photos and videos, including one taken in a Senate hearing room. That staffer, a political operative with knowledge of the posts told the Washington Free Beacon, is Cardin legislative aide Aidan Maese-Czeropski, who reportedly posted obscene images under the pseudonym "Andre."

As it turns out, the same staffer accosted Rep. Max Miller (R., Ohio) earlier this week and let loose an anti-Semitic rant, according to the congressman.

This is not Maese-Czeropski's first time in the limelight. President Joe Biden featured the Cardin staffer in a 2020 campaign ad, prompting thanks from Maese-Czeropski's mother.

"Thank you for including my son, Aidan Maese-Czeropski, in your thoughtful message to everyone who has supported you," the staffer's mother said in a November 2020 post. "He has worked tirelessly with the DNC of Virginia. Congratulations to All!!"

Maese-Czeropski is the same congressional staffer who confronted Jewish congressman Max Miller to say, "Free Palestine," Miller told the Daily Caller

Cardin's office has not addressed the reports and declined to comment. As of Friday morning, the pornographic Twitter account that appears to belong to Maese-Czeropski was public. By Friday afternoon, the account was locked.

One photo posted to the account apparently shows Maese-Czeropski in a Senate hearing room, where he is bent over on his hands and knees wearing nothing but a jock strap. In a video version reported by the Caller, the same man is shown being sodomized.

Maese-Czeropski also put his boldness on display when he approached Miller, the Republican congressman told the Free Beacon in an interview, saying the staffer made a beeline toward him outside of a Capitol complex coffee shop, where he expressed his pride—this time toward the Palestinian people.

"We're just having a casual conversation, and out of nowhere, this guy beelines up to me visibly shaking—he's very upset in my presence because he's a snowflake," Miller said Wednesday. "And he just comes right back up to me and was like, ‘Free Palestine.’ And I was like, ‘Okay.’ … I'm not going to give him a reaction because that's what he wants."

Maese-Czeropski in a Friday evening LinkedIn post said some of his "actions in the past have shown poor judgement" but denied confronting Miller.

Update 10:45 p.m.: This piece has been updated to include comment from Maese-Czeropski.