Monday, March 8, 2010

We Told You Massa Didn't Resign for Health Reasons

And now Eric Massa's saying the same thing.   As our own Lucy wondered in her posting this weekend, was the Congressman's resignation the result of a setup by the Democratic Party leadership in Washington?   Massa now says it is.

"Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill, and this administration and this House leadership have said, quote unquote, they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill."

We all have to be careful here.   This sounds like it's part of Massa's effort to explain away the same-sex sexual harrassment allegations that the House Ethics Committee now can't investigate because Massa's resigning.

He's saying the allegation stems from a single incident, his behavior at a New Year's Eve party, which, in the Congressman's rendition doesn't sound any worse than what happens in an ordinary college fraternity house 10 times a day.

Funny thing though.   As explained by Massa, the New Year's Eve story contains none of the infamous "salty language" that would "make a Chief Petty Officer blush"  --  that Massa told us all on Friday was the reason for the ethics complaint against him.

And then there's this:
A Massa aide has told POLITICO that the New York Democrat has been engaged in inappropriate behavior “for eight months.”
Must have been one wild New Year's Eve party, if it lasted for eight months.   It's rapidly becoming more challenging, for the people trying so hard to ignore or explain away the ethics charges, to keep all of Massa's stories straight.

Drudge is all over this story today, and as always, Rottenchester at The Fighting 29th has the best coverage and analysis.

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