Tales from the Trail

Massa waning as news fodder but may rise again to plague Democrats

March 12, 2010

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Eric Massa may soon vanish from the 24-7 news cycle. But the martyred Democrat, who says he fell from grace beneath the naked power of Satan’s spawn, could reappear some day soon as a burr under the saddles of his former congressional colleagues.

Republicans would like Massa to do for them what Mark Foley did for Democrats four years ago: provide a scourge with which to flail the other guy in a mid-term election year.

Foley, a Republican, resigned from Congress in September 2006 amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit emails and instant messages to male congressional pages. As such, he was among the denizens of that swamp of Republican corruption that Nancy Pelosi vowed to drain just before Democrats took control of Congress and gave her the speaker’s gavel.

POLITICS FOLEY DISCLOSURESUSA-CONGRESS/MASSAMassa groped young men. Or didn’t, depending on which talk show footage you watch. Yet he says he was really forced out of office — not by the prospect of ethics charges — but by a White House infuriated by his unwillingness to back President Barack Obama’s healthcare plan.

Republicans tried to make hay of Massa’s conspiracy claims at first. But now House GOP leaders including John Boehner want to hear about what top Democrats didn’t do to Massa, particularly that swamp drainer from San Francisco who’s busy trying to make Obama’s healthcare reform a reality.

US POLITICSIndications are that Pelosi’s office first learned about problems with Massa as early as last October and did nothing until last month. Aides say the earlier complaints weren’t of a sexual nature and nobody mentioned them to the speaker herself.

But a Republican-sponsored measure demanding a further Massa investigation by the House ethics panel passed the chamber 402-1.

A final report is due at the end of June, just as the temperature of this year’s congressional election campaign heats up. 

Photo Credits: Reuters/Molly Riley (Pelosi); Reuters/Official Handout (Massa); Reuters/Yuri Gripas (Foley); Reuters/Jason Reed (Boehner)

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Like that portrait of Boehner with the halo of lights above his head. Probably how he maintains such a healthy tan in the dead of winter.

Beware of opening that Pandora’s Box, Repos; we’ve hardly looked into Diaper Dave Vitter or Gigolo John Ensign, and they’re both still in Congress unlike Massa.

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When it comes to handling log-cabin gay scandals in DC, Boehner’s your man.

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You’re bound to have infighting when your President is ramming through a cost hiking health bill

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Don’t forget the wide stance in a public toilet senator, or Newt and Rudy. Marriage vows ring a bell to these guys?

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