Lady Libertas has popcorn popping and will be sitting back and watching the Eric Massa saga unfold today.
Eric Massa is the US House of Rep Congressman from NY-29 who announced his resignation last week due to a House Ethics Probe about misbehavior during a wedding and inappropriate comments. Massa apparently has decided to take out the Democratic Leadership on his way out the door. He claims he is being ousted due to his NO vote on health care.
To clarify, Massa is indeed a NO vote on healthcare but he is voting NO because he is a Single Payer advocate - so he wants MORE government involvement in health care. Now on to the good stuff.
Massa set the tone for the interview at the outset:
"I will not go quietly into the evening,
I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. If you think that somehow they didn't come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote in the health care bill, then ladies and gentlemen you live today in a world that is so innocent as is not to understand what is going on in Washington, D.C."
Eric Massa continues on his rampage - Allow Lady Libertas to walk you through some of the juicier bits of the interview:
"Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil's spawn. He is an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive."
Now, Lady Libertas cannot disagree with that one. Nope - not one bit. Apparently, Massa speaks from experience as he recounts an experience with Rahm (the mouthpiece of Obama!?):
"When I voted against the cap and trade bill, the phone rang and it was the chief of staff to the president of the United States of America, Rahm Emanuel, and he started swearing at me in terms and words that I hadn't heard since that crossing the line ceremony on the USS New Jersey in 1983," Massa said. "And I gave it right back to him, in terms and words that I know are physically impossible."
Massa does not stop there. He goes on to call Rep. Steny Hoyer a LIAR. This is better than the ridiculous Academy Awards any day. From Fox News:
And he said the accounting provided by Hoyer and his staff is a fabrication.
Hoyer's office claims the majority leader's staff was notified the week of Feb. 8 about the allegations, that Hoyer was "immediately informed" and that he told his staff that Massa should refer the matter to the Ethics Committee within 48 hours, or he would do so himself. According to Hoyer's office, Hoyer learned "within 48 hours" from the ethics committee staff and Massa's staff that the Ethics Committee had been contacted.
"Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me at all, not ever, not once," Massa said on Sunday.
"Not a word. This is a lie. It's a blatant false statement. And that's what triggered me to understand what in fact is going on."
Then, in a shameless maneuver, Massa appeals to the American people to stop his resignation:
“I’m not going to be a Congressman as of 5 o’clock [Monday] afternoon. The only way to stop that is for me to rescind my resignation. That’s the only way to stop it. And the only way that’s going to happen is if this becomes a national story.”
and he tells another caller:
“I can’t call Fox News. You guys gotta call Fox News. I can’t do it. … Here’s why. I’m in the center of this storm, so obviously I’m not objective.”
WOW! Devil's Spawn, Cursing from the Obama Administration, Lies from Congressional Leader's and all wrapped up in an Ethics investigation or PLOT to hear Massa tell it. Considering that Massa has inappropriate behavior on New Year's - the House Ethics Committee did move pretty fast, especially if you compare the Rangel ethics investigation and the several others still outstanding.
Countdown to 5pm begins - what will happen next?