Full disclosure: I regret Eric Massa's resignation solely because I was looking forward to seeing his concession speech on Election Night, seeing as he's an opportunistic progressive sycophant who last year spouted off bizarre nonsense about 'treason' to other progressives equally ignorant of the Constitution. Michelle Malkin has two posts nicely summarizing precisely why embracing this guy is a poor life choice for conservatives; my only change is that I prefer the term 'suckweasel.' Less likely to get caught by web-blocker software.
All that being said, this sounds like an allegation:
Massa slammed House Maj. Leader Steny Hoyer for discussing a House ethics committee inquiry, accusing Hoyer of lying in an effort to eliminate an opponent of health care. Hoyer said last week he heard in early Feb. about allegations against Massa, and that he told Massa's office to report the allegations to the ethics committee.
"Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me at all, never, not once," Massa said. "Never before in the history of the House of Representatives has a sitting leader of the Democratic Party discussed allegations of House investigations publicly, before findings of fact. Ever."
Somebody is lying, here. Either Massa, or Hoyer: and if it's Hoyer, it doesn't matter whether Massa was or was not sexually harassing his staff. The House Majority Leader does not get to abuse the public trust by lying about what he did in a particular investigation. It's not so much this specific case as it is what happens in less public ones. There's a word for having two standards of behavior, based on how much media coverage one is expecting: it's called 'hypocrisy.'
Fortunately, this is easy to check: all Steny Hoyer has to do is release the documentation showing that he followed House procedures with regard to ethics investigations. Presumably, that includes the kind of notification that he claims and Massa denies, and will stop this potentially disquieting development cold. In fact, I'm kind of surprised that it's not available yet; which is something that can be fixed, later...
By the way: did you know that Hoyer has a GOP challenger this year? Charles Lollar. We've talked: good guy, solid fiscal conservative, and if I lived just a little bit east of where I live now I'd be voting for him in both the primary and the general election.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.