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