White House responds to naked House Democrat’s satanic tale

March 9, 2010


Eric Massa was a little-known freshmen House Democrat only a month ago. Now he’s a political media sensation and a darling of Talk Radio/TV commentators capable of provoking the White House on healthcare reform.

Why the metamorphosis? Massa abruptly resigned from Congress, revealed he had an angry run-in with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel while the two were naked in a congressional gym shower, and now claims he was pushed out of office by the White House to keep him from voting against healthcare reform.

Oh, and he’s come to the conclusion that Emanuel is a “son of the devil’s spawn.”

The bit about healthcare reform has Republicans hopping with joy, because it coincides with President Barack Obama’s final push for Congress to enact his proposed overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system.

Massa has had a number of explanations about why he’s leaving Congress. He said last week that he would not seek U,Sre-election because of his health. Later, he said he would leave office this week to avoid an ethics probe into a sexual harassment allegation by a male staffer.

But it’s the allegation of naked White House bullying that has helped draw media attention. His tale has been picked up by conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh, Fox News Channel personality Glenn Beck, RealClearPolitics, the online Drudge Report and a host of other media outlets including Reuters.  Tonight, he’s due on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

“I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. If you think that, somehow, they didn’t come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote on the healthcare bill, then ladies and gentleman, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not understand what is going on in Washington, D.C.,” he said in a recorded radio broadcast played on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Democratic leaders are in the midst of trying to muster a House majority on healthcare. However, it seems unlikely that Massa’s lone ‘no’ vote would be a deal-breaker.

By this morning, the avalanche of publicity was strong enough to bring White House spokesman Robert Gibbs out onto the sun-dappled lawn of the presidential mansion to refute Massa’s “crazy allegations.”

“Look, I think this whole story is ridiculous. I think the latest excuse is silly and ridiculous,” Gibbs told GMA. “Clearly, his actions appear to be in the appropriate venue in the ethics committee. But we’re focused, not on crazy allegations, but instead on making this system work for the American people rather than work for insurance companies.”

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Photo Credits: Reuters/Jim Young (Gibbs); Reuters/Official Handout (Rush Limbaugh); Reuters/Lucy Nicholson (California health clinic)


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The ‘Leftie Lunacy’ piston inside the Conservative Ascendancy Thermotron 2010 is pumping wildly today!

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Posted by LibertyAtStake | Report as abusive

Before you salivate too much, ask yourself how you reacted to Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Mark Sanford, Rush Limbaugh, and Newt Gingrich.

Posted by Streetfighter | Report as abusive

Who cares. Pass it already. Lets try something new.

Posted by JulsMan | Report as abusive

Set up? C’mon…there is so much infighting among the Dems because big brother Obummer is acting like my three year old – he listens only when it serves his interest and no one elses

Posted by STORY-BURN | Report as abusive

Anyone who buys this guys story is beyond gullible.

Posted by justanotherjoe | Report as abusive

Whether or not it’s true, there’s some serious man-handling going on with this administration in order to push it’s agendas, as with any administration. Every American is gullible when it comes to our own politics becuase too few people actually care enough, and those who do tend to be extremely misguided by an uneven perspective. Our two party system seems to be working out great…

Posted by bmweeks | Report as abusive

bmweeks..you can’t be serious. Our two party system has us $14T in debt and climbing. The only thing that’s working well is both sides are giving us the shaft.

Posted by justanotherjoe | Report as abusive

Bmweeks says, “Our two party system seems to be working out great…”
The trillion dollar question is, working out great for whom? The issues around Eric Massa are about politics. The struggle for power between the Democrates and the Republicans. Neither party has served the average citizen in this country particularly well. We don’t want hand outs. At least I don’t. But it would be nice if our government would stop routing billions and billions of our dollars to their cronies. Example, the $170B bailout of AIG because it was too big to fail (create massive unemployment). How many of you know that AIG was founded in 1919 in Shanghai, China? That of the 116,000 AIG employees that most work in other countries. That Sec. of the Treasury Paulson let Lehman Bro’s (competitor of Goldman Sachs) go bankrupt but bailed out AIG. That Paulson was CEO of Goldman Sachs before becoming Treasury Sec. and that $13B of the bailout money to AIG went directly to Goldman Sachs. KBR won virtually the lions share of the contracts awarded for the war in Iraq. How many of you know that until April 2007 that KBR was a subsiduary of Halliburton. How many of you know that Dick Cheney was the CEO of Halliburton prior to being Vice President. All just coincidence. I say when in doubt follow the money. There are way too many coincidences like this. Do you think our two party system is working out great for you or the large corporations in this country. But hey they did manage to squeak out a $15B jobs bill!!!! Fact, small businesses employee the majority of the workers in this country, not the big corporations. They farm your job overseas.

Posted by justanotherjoe | Report as abusive

The $15B jobs bill is insulting when you consider that Goldman got $13B because Bush/Paulson bailed out AIG.

Posted by justanotherjoe | Report as abusive

Set up? Duh..

Politics is a contact sport.

Posted by Pala98 | Report as abusive