Tag Archives: Eric Massa

Monroe Rising: Complete Lee Silence #NY26

25 Feb

Epic Fail.

It’s now been several weeks since Congressman Chris Lee embarrassed himself and resigned, all in one day.

You may be familiar with Monroe Rising, which is the (one of? who knows) wingnut blog that covers the Rochester area.  For years, they’ve been dutiful regurgitators of Lee press releases and reliable supporters of the well-coiffed, yet sartorially challenged former Congressman.

I am a registered user at Monroe Rising, and have now submitted two benign comments to this article inquiring why they completely ignored the Lee scandal, never mentioned the Lee resignation, never wrote a solitary word about the fact that a portion of Monroe County finds itself unrepresented in Congress due to a sex scandal. That linked-to article is their first mention of NY-26 since Lee’s departure.

The image above shows you what I see when I go to their site; if you aren’t logged in, there are no comments. Note the “No User Responded” heading.

Now, I’m no one to slam someone for being a partisan blogger, but when a huge scandal breaks in quite literally your own congressional backyard, I think you lose a massive amount of credibility by completely ignoring it, as if it never happened.  They were perfectly pleased as punch to report on former Congressman Eric Massa’s own sexual ethical issues, so why does Chris Lee get a complete pass?  Hell, even the local Buffalo Republican bloggers wrote something about it.

Two separate requests for comment sent to the owner of the site have gone unanswered.  I guess Chris Lee only exists when he’s not scandal-ridden.

Fail.

Massa as Predator

14 Apr

The story about Eric Massa and his widespread, ongoing, inappropriate dealings with his staff has become scandalous indeed. It reached insidious levels of sexual harassment to the point of becoming a hostile work environment.

In retrospect, I gave Massa too much of the benefit of the doubt, and I regret that.

We still never got a straight answer as to whether he has a recurrence of cancer or not.

It’s Come to This

9 Mar

HT Elizabeth Benjamin at Daily Politics

The Postscript on Massa’s Exit

9 Mar

He left after all, didn’t he. Monday was somewhat of a spiraling descent into the rabbit hole, where the morning headlines touted the fact that passage of health care reform would be eased somewhat by his departure, and the afternoon headlines featured him not going down without a fight. He launched a blistering attack on Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, he said that he was the victim of a plot to oust him over his health care vote, and he’s now preparing to spend an entire hour on not only the Larry King Hour of Ill-Informed Narcolepsy™, but also on the Glenn Beck Hour of Idiotic and Insane ACORN Ranting™.

If Massa was lying or overselling the cancer scare; if he is not being forthcoming about what happened to spur on the ethics investigation, then my trust in him was shortsighted and unfortunate. I always saw him as an honest and forthright guy, and due to his past candor, I give him every benefit of every doubt before assuming he’s full of it.

As a side note to everyone who’s “disappointed” in what I wrote, when I wrote it, and how I wrote it: I don’t care. Be as disappointed as you want. Going into this, Massa was a good guy, a principled guy, a cancer survivor who cited health reasons. The ethical accusations were completely without factual foundation at the time, so it would have been ridiculously speculative for me to condemn or defend any of it. But with each passing hour, the whole thing got weirder and weirder. So, take your disappointment and go read one of those objective blogs that don’t offer an opinion, and don’t hold a political bias.

Massa is too far to the left to be a credible Republican, and he’s burning his Democratic bridges left and right. I don’t know what he plans to do in the future, but clearly it won’t be in elected office. I figure a guy like he wouldn’t go around throwing “they’re out to get me” unless he really believes that. I also have no doubt that Massa ruffled feathers; but it’s one thing to go down fighting – it’s another to drop out of the fight, claim that you’re being forced into it, and BTW they’re all motherfuckers.

Massa’s Shock Disclosure: He Curses When Drunkedly Joking

8 Mar

Via Rochester Turning, Eric Massa (NY-29)explains what all the “sexual harrassment” fuss is about:

I have to come find out that on New Year’s Eve, I went to a staff party — it was actually a wedding for a staff member of mine. There were 250 people there. I was with my wife, and in fact we had a great time. She got the stomach flu, I went down to sing Auld Lang Syne. And with cameras on me — I’m talking three of them — filming me, I danced with the bride, and I danced with the bridesmaid. Absolutely nothing occurred.

I said goodnight to the bridesmaid. I sat at down at the table where my whole staff was, all of them, by the way bachelors. One of them looked at me and — as they would do after, I don’t know, 15 gin and tonics and goodness only knows how many bottles of champagne — a staff member made an intonation to me that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid. His points were clear and his words were far more colorful than that.

And I grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and I said, ‘What I really ought to be doing is frakking you,’ and then tossled the guy’s hair and left, went to my room, because I knew the party was getting to a point where I shouldn’t be there.

Was that inappropriate of me? Absolutely.

Is that even remotely similar or comparable to, e.g., what Mark Foley did? Absolutely not. Top top it off, Massa went on the radio yesterday to allege that the ethics inquiry is politically motivated to push him out of the House in order to get final resolution on health care reform. Massa has been a no vote for anything not containing a strong and vibrant public option. He even suggested that he might rescind his resignation.

So, now that we know the genesis of the sexual harassment claim against Massa, I wholeheartedly condemn his drunken use of the word “fuck” to connote sexual intercourse with a man in a joking manner after a wedding reception.

In the meantime, I reiterate my earlier statement. I’m disappointed in his retirement, and saddened by the news that his cancer has re-appeared. Best wishes to him – a principled and honorable guy.