Writing below, Matthew Vadum generously accepts embattled Rep. Eric Massa’s claim that he was forced to retire from Congress due to his opposition to ObamaCare. While this is indeed Massa’s current self-serving explanation, I for one don’t find it credible, not least because it has shifted several times now: He had initially claimed that he was resigning for health reasons related to his cancer treatment.
There’s also no mystery about what Massa is being accused of. By his own admission, Massa “groped” at least three men who worked for him; there are also allegations that he had inappropriate physical contact with an intern. I think it’s safe to say Massa’s insistence that there was “nothing sexual” in his advances will not put that matter to rest. Massa’s sexual preferences are a private matter, but sexual harassment is a legal issue, and if that is what occurred here then Massa’s posturing as a victim of a White House-orchestrated conspiracy is so much diversionary drivel.
Rahm Emmanuel’s ruthlessness is the stuff of Washington legend, and it may just be that Massa’s lurid tale about politics not ending at the shower’s edge is actually true. But given how Massa’s storylines keep changing as more revelations about his own alleged impropriety emerge, some skepticism is very much in order.