The long story short of the former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa from New York is this: An unexpected resignation last week for "health reasons," followed by a pledge to "not go quietly" wrapped in an acceptance of blame for "salty language" that ended with "You've set me up" accusations lobbed at the White House and a naked Rahm Emanuel pointing a finger to his chest in the showers. (Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?)
Yikes. Oh, did we mention that he is being investigated for sexually harassing two male aids? Allegations that are apparently "much more serious" than Massa has acknowledged, says a congressional source familiar with the investigation to ABC News.
Say what? He did to Glenn Beck last night:
BECK: So, the new allegations — first, it was, you made an off-color remark or you hit on a guy at a wedding.
MASSA: I — I — so —
BECK: Explain that one first.
MASSA: OK. So, we're at a wedding, New Year's Eve. Everyone had too much to drink. There were 300 people there. I went with a bridesmaid, danced with her, sat down. I went back to my staff, all the bachelors.
They all make the remarks that you can imagine about you ought to do this, you ought to do that. I grabbed the guy and tousled his hair and say, I ought to do it to you. And there are other words and they're all out there. I gave a full and complete disclosure and I left because I realized the party was getting to a place that I shouldn't be at. And I did it.
Now, they're saying I groped a male staffer. Yes, I did. Not only did I grope him, I tickled him until he couldn't breathe and four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday. It was kill the old guy.
You can take anything out of context. By the way, we all —
The thing is, he sets up the interview with a quote that leads us to believe that there's another shoe to drop, saying: "I wasn't forced out. I forced myself out. I failed. I didn't live up to my own codes. I own this. I take full and complete responsibility for my misbehavior. And goodness only knows what allegations they are going to throw at me. There's even new ones today and we'll talk about that. I own — I'm not blaming anybody."
Hmm... what will that be? Could it be that more past sexual shenanigans will be coming to light? From his tawdry navy days?