Rep. Massa hits back. Blames Dem. leaders for pushing him out.

David Dayen has the details of Rep. Eric Massa’s latest weekly radio address. The New York Congressman, who is resigning as of 5:00 P.M. today, explained the ethics charges against him. And, he let the Democratic leaders, primarily Rahm Emanuel and Steny Hoyer, have it. I agree with David’s conclusion:

I don’t know what the facts are, but certainly this re-opens a case that Democratic leaders probably wanted closed.

Here’s Massa On Hoyer:

Massa also accused Steny Hoyer of lying about the investigation when he said that he told Massa’s office to file the allegations with the Ethics Committee. “Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me at all, never, not once. 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.”

And, on Emanuel:

“Rahm Emanuel is son of the devil’s spawn,” Massa said in a radio interview. “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.”

Massa told us he was a salty-talking sailor. I suspect we haven’t heard the last of him or this story.


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