Massa Suggests Salty Text Messages Are Coming

Mar 9, 2010 6:36pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: Former Rep. Eric Massa, the New York Democrat who resigned from Congress on Monday amid allegations of sexual misconduct, told Fox’s Glenn Beck on Tuesday that he groped a male staffer and that he should not have allowed himself to become “so familiar” with his staff but he denied that the touching was sexual. ”No, no, no!” said Massa. “I did nothing sexual.”Later in the program, when Beck wanted to know if “another shoe was going to drop,” Massa predicted that text messages will come out because he used to banter back and forth using that method of communication. ”I’m sure there’s text messages because we bantered back and forth all the time,” said Massa. Massa indicated that his top staffer raised questions about his living situation. ”My chief of staff said, `You can’t live there; it’s not congressional,”’ said Massa, referring to concern over the New York lawmaker sharing a townhouse with members of his staff.Massa once again asserted that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel came at him with a finger in his chest while the two were in the shower during a budget vote which took place last year. ”He said I better vote with the president,” said Massa, referring to Emanuel. Massa suggested that the hard-charging Emanuel is a reason why the White House is not working more cooperatively with Congress. ”Rahm Emanuel is very good at making enemies. He is not very good at making friends,” said Massa. “You can’t compromise when someone is coming at you with a finger in your chest. There is no compromise.” At the end of the hour-long interview, Beck apologized to his audience for giving the story so much time. ”I think I’ve wasted your time,” said Beck. ABC News’ Matt Loffman contributed to this report. 

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