Signs of Testosterone on Capitol Hill

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March 8, 2010 | Comments

UPDATE — 4 HOURS LATER:  Congressman Massa did indeed step down, so we’ll just have to see what happens next. I’m still waiting to hear the rest of the story, since I cannot believe that “salty language” and the tosseling of a staffer’s hair at a party would be cause for an ethics investigation and resignation. We’ve heard hints of cancer, death threats, family safety and of course the Congressman’s “no” vote on health care as further reason, but, like I said, we’ll just have to see what happens next…. 

March 8, 2010 | Comments

In an hour or so, democratic Congressman, freshman Eric Massa from New York, may be counted as yet another casualty of the chaos now reigning in this administration and the Congress enabling it. Last week, we heard that Congressman Massa was the subject of an ethics investigation regarding a male staff member; he ultimately announced that he would step down from his seat today at 5 pm, EST.

Despite the immediate assumptions heralded by the initial headlines, it appears there is far more to this story than we assumed. It seems the Congressman, a former naval Petty Officer, made some silly comments using admittedly “salty” language at a wedding reception, reminiscent of what one might hear among males young and old in locker rooms (more on locker rooms later) and dugouts. A guy at the table took offense and reported the Congressman to the proper authorities.

Now, I have no idea what happened, but if this is the gist of the story, first, should the Congressman be slunking off in defeat like this? And second, you’re telling me that this is grounds for a large-scale ethics investigation?

The Congressman came out slugging on a Western New York radio station yesterday, claiming that this all came to pass because he, a democrat, is being targeted by his fellow democrats, particularly former-ballet-dancer-turned-presidential-attack-dog Rahm Emanuel. Congressman Massa now claims that Emanuel accosted him in the Congressional showers, in a scene involving naked men, the devil’s spawn, poked-finger-to-the-chest intimidation, and Massa’s track record of voting against the administration’s pet agenda items, particularly health care. If you have not heard this interchange, you must, and here is the link:
www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2010/03/08/massa_rahm_emanuel_would_sell_his_own_mother_for_votes.html

Last I heard, the Congressman still intends to step down. If indeed his infraction involved only some “salty” language at a wedding, I hope he doesn’t. If he fears for his family after taking threats from administration thugs, well, I guess that’s understandable. He would seem an obvious misfit within a party currently doing whatever it takes to gut and remake America as dictated by the White House, but regardless of party, it sure is good to hear some evidence of testosterone in Washington again – and from an actual man this time, not just grizzlymom Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and other warrior moms fearlessly braying that the emperor has no clothes.

It’s tough to see men struggling with their own rights to be men in this touchy-feely time of ours (and it’s not all that appealing to what I imagine is the majority of women, either), but Congressman Massa has taken the first step. If indeed his “ethics violation” involves only this idiotic wedding moment, then maybe he’ll keep that testosterone momentum going and decide not to step down after all. We’ll know in an hour.

Betsy Siino | Comments