One day after resigning as a freshman congressman from Upstate New York, Eric Massa has found his 15 minutes of fame.
He landed on two major talk shows Tuesday — Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck and CNN’s Larry King — and they both wanted to know about allegations of sexual harrassment against male staffers.
Larry King asked him outright if he was gay. Massa, who is married, said it was an insult to every gay American that such a question was being asked in this day and age, and he refused to answer it.
Glenn Beck wanted Massa to name names in his allegations of a conspiracy to oust him from Congress. When the talk show host didn’t succeed in eliciting the answers he was seeking, he apologized to his audience for wasting their time with the interview.
The following are some highlights from the Massa interviews.
“Now they’re saying I groped a male staffer – yeah I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe. Then four guys jumped on top of me,” Massa told Beck. “It was my 50th birthday. It was ‘kill the old guy.’ You can take anything out of context.”