Eric Massa

Left: Massa.  Right: Emanuel - source Wikipedia Commons

U.S. Rep. Eric Massa resigns amidst scandal involving male staff.
Los Angeles Times, March 10, 2010: Ex-Congressman Massa tells Glenn Beck he didn’t grope employee

Reporting from Washington - A day after resigning his seat in the face of a House ethics investigation, former U.S. Rep. Eric Massa took to the airwaves Tuesday to deny that he had ever touched a male office staffer in a sexual manner.

Massa (D-N.Y.) has been the subject of an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of his staff. He resigned his seat late Monday and went on “The Glenn Beck Program” Tuesday on Fox News to defend himself and deny new allegations that he had groped a staffer.

Massa, who is married, admitted touching male staff, but denied that the contact was sexual.

Raw Politics

Massa also made a claim that the White House Chief of Staff had stuck him with a finger while both were naked in the shower: (source Washington Post, March 10,2010 - Lawmakers insist shower run-ins like the one Massa alleges are far from norm)

“I am sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel . . . his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn’t going to vote for the president’s budget,” Massa said. “You know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?”

Eric Massa must be thinking:
“Can’t a naked politician enjoy a shower without being poked at by the long finger of the Government?”

Is Massa’s story authentic? Wikipedia reports “while working at an Arby’s restaurant, Emanuel severely cut his right middle finger on a meat slicer. He sought medical attention only after suffering severe infection from swimming in Lake Michigan and as a result of the wound, the finger had to be partially amputated.” Which finger was it?

Being confronted by a person like Rahm in a shower may not be that unusual. Some official business is conducted in these private gyms (same source)!

It’s no secret that members of Congress broker deals on the treadmill or in the weight room of the House and Senate gyms. But former congressman Eric Massa’s accusation that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel once berated him in the gym’s shower over his vote against President Obama’s budget left Washington watchers wondering how much business politicians conduct while naked.

Should Barbados Follow Suit?

Should Bajan politicians form their own private gyms and conduct business in the nude?