Former Congressman Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) may still have problems with the truth and just because he is sticking it to liberal Democrats this past week does not mean he has changed his ways. Mr. Massa accused The Washington Times’ Water Cooler blog of not showing all the facts when we caught him on video telling a crowd of Net Root Nation attendees he would vote against “the interests” of his district.
Fox News Channel Host Glenn Beck plans to have Mr. Massa on his show today. Mr. Massa resigned yesterday amid controversy and scandal from an ethics probe rooted in a sexual harassment complaint from a male staffer. Mr. Massa says the complaint only came from “salty” language he used around staffers and that Democratic leaders forced him out, because he was a “no” vote for the House health care bill the first time around and said he would still vote “no” this time as well. However, Politico is reporting today that he was under investigation for allegedly groping male staffers.
It is important to keep in mind that Mr. Massa initially said he was not going to run for reelection due to a cancer recurrence, yet that reason seems to have withered away some in recent days.
The former congressman lashed out at White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel yesterday on a local New York radio station, claiming Mr. Emanuel — while completely naked — tried to intimidate him in the congressional gym showers over votes Mr. Massa had cast previously.
Tom Reed, the Republican who was supposed to challenge Mr. Massa this year, is concerned that Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck may make a national hero out of Mr. Massa, when, in fact, the former congressman is not known for his honesty and is a far-left liberal progressive — the kind Mr. Beck usually rails against each night on his program.
“I think there are a lot of legitimate questions as to what he is saying. We’re seeing a transformation of his positions and his explanations of his resignation I think there is some serious questions that need to be raised,” Mr. Reed said. “I would say there are some serious inconsistencies in his statements, and I am troubled by what he is saying.”
Mr. Reed stresses that it is not for him to decide whether or not Mr. Massa is indeed telling the truth but the people. However, if there is one thing he knows for sure, he said, former Congressman Eric Massa is a far-left liberal progressive.
“We’ve been campaigning for months. All you have to do is look at the former congressman’s position on health care as being a single-payer advocate, and I would say that it speaks volumes of his progressive liberal belief system,” Mr. Reed said.
“If you look at his record and you see what he’s said print, over and over again, he’s a strong believer to government being the solution to all of our problems. We need to grow government and, to me, that’s completely opposite of what we believe in,” the conservative Republican explained.