Democrat gets naked with Rahm Emanuel, labels him “son of devil’s spawn”

March 8, 2010


Eric Massa knows all about awkward. The House Democrat, who leaves Congress today over a sexual harassment complaint by a male staffer, says he’s been up-close, personal and naked with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel — all at the same time.

Emanuel, Massa has decided, is a blood relative of Satan.

“Rahm Emanuel is 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,” Massa says in a recording from his radio show posted to the RealClearPolitics Web site.

Massa’s close encounter with Emanuel occurred in the showers of a congressional gym about eight weeks after he entered Congress in January 2009.

“I’m sitting there showering, naked as a jay bird, 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,” says the 50-year-old, soon-to-be-former-lawmaker from Upstate New York.

“Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?”

It’s hard to say how many people would say ‘yes’ to that one, but members of Congress may be foremost among them. According to Massa, lawmakers are routinely naked together at the gym showers.

“The last thing I want to look (at) is my fellow colleagues naked, but they don’t have any shower curtains down in the gym,” he said.

Massa announced his resignation on Friday to avoid an ethics probe over alleged misconduct. The resignation was due to take effect on Monday at 5 p.m. EST.

He was the second House Democrat in a week to be hit by ethics problems — the first being former Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel. Massa and Rangel pose an embarrassment for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who had vowed to “drain the swamp” of House corruption after eight years of Republican rule. TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO/

But Massa implied before his radio listeners that he was pushed out of office by Emanuel — just in time to stop him from voting against the Obama’s healthcare reform plan.

“He’s hated me since day one. And now he wins. So he’ll get rid of me and this bill will pass and I don’t know what we’re going to do in this country.”

Photo Credits: Reuters/Jim Young (Emanuel); Reuters/Reuters Photographer (Carnival ‘Red Devil’)

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Right he is! This is to intimidate the other Democrats into obedience to the leftists. The Democrat leftists are gambling they can get the chains on the American people and give the vote to the illegal aliens before the next election.

They hate America and all that it stands for. They loath the military, but they have to get them out of the country so they can’t coup them.

Posted by Timuchin | Report as abusive

Now let me see Raham Emanuel took ballet for many years. Rahm is naked in the shower poking another man in the chest…hmmmm Is there a connection! By the way when pronounced Racham in Hebrew. It means….Have pity on me! Is’nt that appropriate?

Posted by Truthout | Report as abusive

Hey, we knew all we needed to know about Obama when Emanuel was named chief of staff. Come on, November !!

Posted by gramps | Report as abusive

Brilliant moves by Emmanuel. The Democratic Party needs more tough guys like him.

Posted by Weevee | Report as abusive

Rahm is going to fall and when that happens, he will fall hard. He is going to be a very lonely person when that happens.

This administration is a disaster. If they were successful and doing what the majority of Americans wanted, then there would be no need for Rahm.

However, they do not care what Americans want. What matters to them is that they shove their agenda down every last one of our throats.

The president has a 45 percent approval rating and congress is stuck way down at 14 percent. They are not making America proud.

Posted by TyC | Report as abusive


Former ballet dancer who exaggerates the already-melodramatic Israeli Tough Guy persona to embarrassing new heights.

Rumoured to be Mossad chief in the U.S. — thus the weight and impunity of an otherwise minor functionary.

Posted by James_99 | Report as abusive

Kick more a**, Rahm. Some of the Blue Dogs are more Conservative than the Republicans.

Posted by Lenegal77 | Report as abusive

Wow, you mean there is arm-twisting in politics? And failed politicians blaming others for their downfall (it was sexual misconduct, not voting record, for him leaving). Let’s go back a few years…a guy called ‘The Hammer’ because of his sweet-talking ways, threatening to bury people and then blaming his downfall on vendettas, not illegal campaign finance schemes. Why do Presidents have a chief of staff? To do the ugly but necessary stuff that would make the President highly disliked if they did it themselves. How is this even newsworthy?

Posted by Mike_s1 | Report as abusive

There was a time in this country when one entered politics as a duty of honor to ones country — to give back to our country by donating ones financial expertise, impeccable ethics and organizational talent.

Today, the FBI ranks political corruption as the most serious crime occurring in our country — and as long as the populous keeps electing career politicians, lawyers, and bureaucrats to public office, this cancer in our political system will continue to grow.

Posted by JJWest | Report as abusive

“There was a time in this country when one entered politics as a duty of honor to ones country”

lol, when was that exactly?

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