New York representative Eric Massa, who decided to resign from Congress last week amid rumors of an investigation by the House Ethics Committee over sexual harassment of a male colleague, has decided not to take the press scrutiny lying down. After describing the awkward incident that seems to have gotten him in trouble (he says he told a male staffer he “ought to be frakking” him), he’s set his sights on Rahm Emanuel, blaming him for the negative pressure and attention directed his way. On his radio show yesterday, he had this to say:
Rahm Emanuel is a son of the devil’s spawn. 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. If he doesn’t like that he can come after me personally …
Let me tell you a story about Rahm Emanuel: I was a congressman in my first eight weeks, and I was in the congressional gym, and I went down and I worked out and I went into the showers — which by the way, I for the life of me can’t figure out why they took all of the shower curtains off of the shower stalls in the congressional showers. The last thing I want to look at is my fellow colleagues naked, but they don’t have any curtains in the shower stalls at the gym. And I’m sitting there 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 because I wasn’t going to vote for the president’s budget. Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man? .. It’s ridiculous. By the way, what the heck is he doing in the Congressional gym? He goes there to intimidate members of Congress … We had words, and he hates my guts. He’s hated me since day one, and now he wins.
“I was set up for this from the very, very beginning,” he also said. “You think that somehow they didn’t come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote in the health care bill? Then, ladies and gentlemen, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not understand what’s going on in Washington, D.C.”
Translation: Hey, Rahm, frakk you.