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04/19/2007


Eric Massa In Esquire Magazine

Former New York Congressman Eric Massa is profiled in a lengthy article in the new issue of Esquire Magazine. The piece reveals some interesting information such as Massa's claim that Dick Cheney attempted to convince General David Petraeus to run as the GOP candidate for president in 2012. We also learn that Massa tried to commit suicide not once, but twice around the time he resigned from office.

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Massa, who you may recall admitted that he groped and tickled a male staff member, talks to the article's author, Ryan D'Agostino, about his political career:

"I'm done," he says. "Finito. I got people on the Right wanting me to run for Senate, I got people on the Left want to burn me in hell, I got people in the White House trying to convince everybody that I'm a gay rapist going after dogs, I got people in the press, I mean, it's" — he makes the sound of an explosion with his mouth — "all Massa all the time on every news channel. I mean, what?"

Massa also manages to make a vague, seemingly flirtatious comment about gay bars directed at D'Agostino, though he does refrain from using any "salty language." Writes the author:

"Massa, exercised by the rigors of moral suasion, leaned back in his chair, suddenly at ease. He took the last gulp of his coffee, cold by now, and looked at me with a mischievous glint in his eye. "What are you, seventeen?" He turned to another editor and pointed at me. "What is he, seventeen?" Turning back to me, he laughed and said, "You better watch yourself around gay bars, my friend. It could get interesting."


Former Rep. Eric Massa's Sex Harassment Problems Deepen

More than two dozen interviews and internal documents compiled by the Washington Post reveal that former Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) was doing far more than "snorkeling" and behaving inappropriately at tickle parties.

Massa House Minority leader John Boehner has asked the ethics committee to investigate how it could be that supervisors did not notify congressional authorities until after more than a year of complaints from staffers.

Massa's chief of staff Joe Racalto claims he himself was a victim of Massa's advances. Racalto also said "he pulled Massa out of a Dupont Circle bar in December when he could not get Massa to stop making inappropriate comments to a 21-year-old intern and another male staffer."

Also: "One gay male staffer said he complained to Racalto in spring 2009 that Massa routinely made sexualized remarks to him. The staffer told Racalto he had grown distressed, because of two incidents he had heard about involving Massa allegedly making unwelcome sexual advances when sharing a hotel room with staffers. The staffer said that Racalto assured him that Racalto would talk to Massa and put a stop to this kind of conversation. But by summer, according to several sources, Massa's sexual commentary had escalated and some of it was directed at an intern."

Massa also requested to take an intern with him on trips to the West Coast but was blocked by Racalto after staffers begged him. He also solicited sex from a bartender at the funeral of a Marine slain in Afghanistan which became the incident which led to his resignation.

A former aide to Massa has filed a complaint about the former congressman to the Office of Compliance, opening the door to legal action, Politico reports:

"Debra Katz, the attorney for the former aide, says a complaint alleges that Massa, a freshman Democrat from New York, “subjected my client and other young gay men” to “unwelcome touching, sexual propositions, groping, sexualized comments” and similar forms of harassment both inside his official congressional office and outside of it...If the matter is not resolved, a claimant can then file a civil suit in federal district court – though only monetary damages, not civil or punitive damages, may be recovered, according to the office’s Web site. It’s not clear when Katz’s client filed his claim, and Katz would not reveal the name of her client. But she did say that Massa aides had little recourse to combat what they viewed as inappropriate behavior by their boss. "


Watch: SNL Takes on Eric Massa's Tickle Parties and Snorkeling

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Last week after the Eric Massa scandal broke, Massa told Glenn Beck that he did "grope" a male staffer:

"Yeah, 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 and it was kill the old guy."

That, and allegations that Massa "snorkeled" fellow sailors in the Navy, provided plenty of fodder for SNL last night.

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Watch: Nancy Pelosi Calls Former Rep. Eric Massa 'Poor Baby' and 'a Very Sick Person'

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The Washington Post reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was alerted to concerns about former Rep. Eric Massa last October:

"Joe Racalto, Massa's chief of staff, was uneasy that Massa, 50, was living with several young, unmarried male staffers and using sexually explicit language with them, one source said. But what finally prompted him to call Pelosi's director of member services, the source said, was a lunch date that Massa made with a congressional aide in his 20s who worked in the office of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). According to a person briefed on the call, Racalto was concerned that the lunch followed a pattern by Massa -- who is married and has two children -- of trying to spend time alone with young gay men with no ostensible work purpose. Racalto, according to this person, also alerted Frank's chief of staff. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the political sensitivity of the matter."

Pelosi appeared on Bloomberg to discuss Massa. Said Pelosi: "This is a sad case...This is a very sick person. He has been diagnosed with cancer. Perhaps his judgment is impaired because of the ethical issues that have arisen and he is no longer in the Congress. Poor baby. Poor baby. Sometimes we really exagerrate our own importance in a lot of these things."

Meanwhile, Rep. Patrick Kennedy flipped out at the press for covering Eric Massa and not Afghanistan.

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Files: Eric Massa a Proficient Navy 'Snorkeler'

The latest chapter in the Eric Massa story involves "snorkeling" while he was in the Navy:

Massa "According to Peter Clarke, a Navy shipmate, Massa was notorious for making unwanted advances toward subordinates. He tells the story of his friend Stuart Borsch, with whom Massa shared a hotel room while on leave during the first Gulf War. "Stuart's at the edge of the bed," Clarke says Borsch told him at the time, "and [Massa] starts massaging him. Massa said, 'You'll have to get one of my special massages.' He called them 'Massa Massages.'" Ron Moss, a Navy shipmate and Borsch's roommate, confirmed that Borsch told him this story at the time...Clarke says that Massa's roommate, Tom Maxfield, was also assaulted. "Tom lived on upper bunk," Clarke say. "When you're on ship, you're almost exhausted 24-7. So a lot of times you sleep with your uniform on. Tom and Massa shared a stateroom together. Massa climbed up on the top of his bunk, which is hard to do--you never crawl up on somebody else's bunk. He wakes up to Massa undoing his pants trying to snorkel him."...Massa's shipmates didn't turn him in for fear that he would retaliate."

Bill Maher gave his analysis of Massa's saga on last night's Countdown.

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Eric Massa Describes Allegations Against Him [tr]
Former Rep. Eric Massa Allegedly 'Groped Multiple Male Staffers' [tr]
Massa Tells Glenn Beck He Didn't 'Grope' Just 'Tickled' [tr]
Eric Massa Flips Out When Larry King Asks, 'Are You Gay?' [tr]

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Eric Massa Flips Out When Larry King Asks, 'Are You Gay?'

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Former Rep. Eric Massa refused to tell Larry King if he's gay or not when asked directly last night.

Said Massa: "Well, here's that answer, I'm not going to answer that. In -- in year 2010? Why don't you ask my wife, ask my friends, ask the 10,000 sailors I served with in the Navy. I'm not going to answer that. That's -- that is such...Well, but it's an insulting... Not me...It insults every gay American, because somewhere it... It somehow classifies people. Why would anybody even ask that question in this day and age?"

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