The private gyms are sanctuaries where lawmakers can huff, puff and disrobe knowing that only fellow members will see them.
If Massa’s shower tableau did take place — a scenario the White House denied — several said it’s far from the norm.
“This morning I talked with Lamar Alexander about a hold” on a nomination during his daily workout, Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) said. But Tester said, “I don’t go in the shower. I don’t accost people.”
Regardless, some lawmakers said they were upset that Massa would break the trust established in the members-only gyms.