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Eric Massa’s a bit miffed

Heh … ok, a bit of an understatement.  Democratic Rep. Eric Massa thinks he’s been a victim of “the Chicago Way”.  And he has absolutely no use for either Steny Hoyer, the House’s number 2 Democrat or Rahm Emanuel, the president’s chief-of-staff.

In a radio interview Massa let loose on Emanuel:

“Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn, Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) said. “He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive.”

Rep. Massa describes a confrontation with Emanuel in a shower: “I am showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me.”

He went on:

“When I voted against the cap and trade bill, the phone rang and it was the chief of staff to the president of the United States of America, Rahm Emanuel, and he started swearing at me in terms and words that I hadn’t heard since that crossing the line ceremony on the USS New Jersey in 1983,” Massa said. “And I gave it right back to him, in terms and words that I know are physically impossible.”

“If Rahm Emanuel wants to come after me, maybe he ought to hold himself to the same standards I’m holding myself to and he should resign,” Massa said.

As for Hoyer, Massa had this to say:

“Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me at all, never, not once,” Massa said. “Never before in the history of the House of Representatives has a sitting leader of the Democratic Party discussed allegations of House investigations publicly, before findings of fact. Ever.”

“I was set up for this from the very, very beginning,” he added. “The leadership of the Democratic Party have become exactly what they said they were running against.”

The allegations stem from an incident in which it is asserted that Massa made inappropriate comments to an aide at a Christmas party. Massa doesn’t dispute he made comments but claims that “political correctness” as well as a desire to make an example of a Democrat who isn’t and hasn’t played ball with the leadership is the real reason behind the demand he resign or face an ethics inquiry.

Of course, he has a point considering the outcome of the Rangel ethics probe in which Rep. Charles Rangal got off with nothing more than a virtual slap on the wrist (the ethics panel nor Democratic leadership requested he step down from his chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee, pressure from other Democrats drove it) and he still retains his seat. He’s also a “yes” vote on the health care bill. Massa, of course, is a ‘no’.

I’m not sure which side is right on the allegations or their seriousness (here’s Massa’s side of it), but it is clear there’s a double standard at work given the treatment of Rangal v. Massa. And one can only hope that Massa will change his mind and continue to sound off about his treatment and expose the double standard. As someone said, if it is true, it amounts to extortion by the House leadership (vote our way or we do an ethics probe). But on top of the bribery we see daily, I’m not sure anyone should be surprised.



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11 Responses to Eric Massa’s a bit miffed

  • If Massa thought he was getting a dose of it before, NOW let’s see what happens.
    I’m just love it when zombies eat their own.  Try to imagine what would be leading 24X7, front page of the Newspaper of Record –  if this were the Bush White House.
    My bet on his allegations here?

  • This story also highlights why the current O-Care bill may very well pass the House.   Basically, the message is that any Democrat who fails to support this legislation is going to “get it” from the WH and House leadership.  “All options are on the table” as they say.  Life is going to get very unpleasant for any D still wavering or on the wrong side.
    I expect to see either a couple more sudden resignations and/or flips from No to Yes in the next week or so.

  • Maybe he should hold off on his resignation in that case and stick it to them

  • Unless they want to do ethics probes…which they don’t want to do….since they are otherwise occupied, and an ethics probe will take time….the only people this guy has to really answer to is the people who put him in office.
    We know, for example, the good people of Massachusetts (bwaahahahahahahaha) don’t mind their Representatives “bending the pages” in the Library of Congress.  Maybe Massa’s constituency mind less than he thinks, and lord knows a certain President had no problem using his office (in EVERY sense of the phrase) to play grab ass with one of his subordinates, and the Dems certainly thought THAT was all good.
    Massa will resign anyway, he screwed up here, but he seems to have some sense of honor.  But with regard to having to answer to his “master” in the House or the White House – Banning had it right the other day when he told Reid to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine in the Senate, that he had as much right to be there as Reid did, and there were more voters in Kentucky than Harry represented from Nevada, so Harry could, politely pointed out, shove it.  I wish more of them would do that.
    Same applies to the mighty Obama.  They forget who puts them there, and last time I checked it wasn’t a case of divine right, despite what many seem to think and how they act once they’re in office (at least when it’s not close to November in an election year).

  • Ah, the sweet spectacle of democrat trash tearing each other apart.  It’s like watching sewer rats fighting in a cage (only much, MUCH more satisfying; I actually feel pity for even sewer rats).

    Other thoughts:

    1.  Massa is guilty.  One doesn’t give up a sweet job like member of Congress unless he’s (A) done something bad and (B) knows it can’t / won’t be covered up.

    2.  Massa is seriously PO-ed that his co-conspirators fellow democrats DIDN’T cover it up.  After watching Rangle, Jefferson, Geithner, Fwank and others get a pass, it must really rankle that the same protection wouldn’t be extended to him.  So, he’s getting a bit of his own back.

    3.  I’m not sure that using Massa as a harsh example will work quite as well as Imeme and the rest of those hoodlums apparently think.  Yes, I have no doubt that some dems fear being outed / prosecuted for the things they’ve done*, but others may bridle and push back hard against such brazen mobster tactics.  Remember how the congresscritters all stuck together when Jefferson was being investigated?  “If they can do this to Massa, what’s to stop them doing it to ME next time???”

    4.  It will be quite interesting to see how MiniTru handles this.  Will they turn Massa into an unperson?  Go after him in an effort to totally discredit and destroy him?  Or will they cover this even though some mud will splatter on the White House? 

    5.  What role is Imeme playing in this?  Will he be content to take some heat so long as it gives him leverage to fire Rahmbo?  Or would he much, MUCH rather than nobody was talking about the desperate (not to say despicable) measures he and his thugs are stooping to to ram this thing through the Congress?


    (*) Question of the day.  How many members of Congress do you think would be indicted / in prison if they weren’t shielded by their party and position?

    (A) Hardly any

    (B) There are a few bad apples

    (C) Most of them

    (D) We wouldn’t need term limits; they’d all be gone!

    • Somewhere between B and C. With trending towards C the longer they’re in office.

    • I’d need a sub-paragraph that denotes if bribery in the form of “campaign contributions” is still “legal” or not.

  • I take note – with some major laughter – how the MSM writes off Massa and his allegations. I do too, but with a grain of salt. Let me explain.
    Imagine for a moment if Mr. Massa were a Republican, and, about 2006, said that President Bush and his Chief of Staff and the GOP leadership in Congress were forcing him out. What would the reaction be from the likes of MSDNC, or CNN? One can only see how this guy would be getting 24/7 coverage for his allegetions. Sexual harrassment? What sexual harrassment? But because Massa is a Democrat, he is written off as a nut, or a loon, or some crazy, despite the fact that Sestak in Pennsylvania said just two weeks ago said that the White House tried to bribe him to get out of the Senate race there.
    After the massive bribery on the death care reform, it is not too incredible to believe that Massa may be closer to the truth than the media is letting on.

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  • Eric Massa vs. Rahm Emmanuel in the shower…animated by the tiger woods people.  Check it.