Submitted By Todd on March 8th at 7:57pm
First term Democrat Eric Massa, forced into resigning from Congress today on rumors of sexual harassment, is not going quietly. He's being chased out of office, he says, so the White House can get health reform passed.
"Mine is now the deciding vote on the health care bill, and this administration and this House leadership have said, 'they will stop at nothing to pass this health care bill, and now they've gotten rid of me and it will pass.' You connect the dots," Massa said, according to a separate story in Roll Call.Albany talk host Bob Lonsberry tells a different story on his website.
I’ve known about Eric Massa’s problem for more than three years. And I’m not talking about his lymphoma. I’m talking about the fact that he is reportedly attracted to men, and that he manifests it in inappropriate ways. And now he is leaving Congress over it.Lonsberry goes on to describe rumors of problems Massa had going back to his days in the Navy.
When I heard the allegations against Eric Massa yesterday, they were sadly similar to allegations I became aware of during his first congressional campaign and which, though I was confident of their truthfulness, I did not report. The information is this: During his Navy career, Eric Massa allegedly touched at least two men inappropriately and may have exhibited a pattern of putting himself in situations where he would see men naked – particularly younger and lower-ranked men. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKYUhd9VtUU These allegations come from general shipboard understandings and conversations, and were relayed to me by shipmates of Eric Massa. In one instance, Eric Massa was a lieutenant commander and the combat systems officer of the USS Jouett. That made him the third-ranking officer on the boat – behind the captain and the executive officer.Whether these stories are true or not, more intriguing is Massa's description of how the White House, and Rahm Emanuel specifically, do business.
But according to Roll Call, Massa left open the possibility of rescinding his resignation: "I'm not going to be a congressman as of 5 o'clock [Monday] afternoon," he said. "The only way to stop that is for me to rescind my resignation. That's the only way to stop it. And the only way that's going to happen is if this becomes a national story."We'll see if the 5pm resignation takes place as scheduled.