It’s not that Rep. Eric Massa, the Democrat from New York resigning his seat, did anything wrong, you see. It’s that the House Ethics Committee investigation into allegations he harassed a male staffer are all part of a giant Democratic power play plot, and the freshman lawmaker was a casualty. Which could be true! But also, Massa just admitted to saying he told this male staffer that he wanted to be all up in him.
Hitting up a New Year’s Eve wedding is where all the trouble started, Massa now says. “I have to come find out that on New Year’s Eve, I went to a staff party — it was actually a wedding for a staff member of mine. There were 250 people there. I was with my wife, and in fact we had a great time. She got the stomach flu, I went down to sing Auld Lang Syne. And with cameras on me — I’m talking three of them — filming me, I danced with the bride, and I danced with the bridesmaid. Absolutely nothing occurred. I said goodnight to the bridesmanid. I sat at down at the table where my whole staff was, all of them, by the way bachelors. One of them looked at me and — as they would do after, I don’t know, 15 gin and tonics and goodness only knows how many bottles of champagne — a staff member made an intonation to me that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid. His points were clear and his words were far more colorful than that. And I grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and I said, ‘What I really ought to be doing is frakking you,’ and then tossled the guy’s hair and left, went to my room, because I knew the party was getting to a point where I shouldn’t be there. Was that inappropriate of me? Absolutely.”
And was that career-ending of him? Absolutely.
Or maybe it was his intention to vote “no” on health care reform, if you believe the conspiracy theories.