Just when you thought that President Obama and my fellow Democrats had a full plate, the Eric Massa scandal hits. For those of you that dont know, Massa is a first term Congressman from the 29th district in New York. He lost his first race for Congress by only 5,952 votes to former Republican Rep. Randy Kuhl in 2006. As is customary, Massa basically began campaigning right after his loss, to prepare for a rematch with Kuhl in 2008. In November 2008, Massa was elected by a slim 1.5 % margin over Kuhl.
You would think that Massa would understand that he needed to focus on constituents, fundraise, and prepare for a tough re-election. A normal person would have realized that any slip up would mean the end to a short political career. All of this went in one ear and out the other, as Massa resigned on Monday because of health concerns and a pending ethics investigation related to possible sexual harassment charges made by staffers.
It seems as if it was only a matter of time before some issues surfaced in regards to Massa. According to some Democratic insiders, Massa hired quite a few gay male staffers, and paid them so little that they were forced to all share living quarters with him. I just want to state that someones sexual preference is their business, and I’m just stating the facts of the situation. It seems that Massa’s inappropriate behavior has been going on for some time now.
According to The Atlantic Online, “Past shipmates of Massa are charging that he used his status as a commander to subject underlings to abusive sexual advances.” I am glad that he resigned, but I cant believe he has the nerve to be going on all these talk shows trying to say Rahm Emmanuel and the White House pushed him out of office because of his opposition to healthcare reform. In my opinion, that is simply an excuse used to try and save his shattered reputation. There are quite a few Democrats(many Blue Dogs)who opposed some pieces of the healthcare legislation, and while they may have received some tough calls from the White House, I’m sure no pressure to resign occured. The fact is that his improper behavior finally caught up with him, and he wasn’t man enough to accept that.
I’m resigned to the fact that a Republican will most likely regain this seat. I guess thats life.