Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., is leaving Congress with his rhetorical guns blazing — accusing Democratic leaders of inflating alleged ethics violations he's accused of because they don't want him to vote against health care overhaul legislation.
"I will not go quietly into the evening," Massa, a freshman, declared Sunday on his weekly radio address for WKPQ-FM in Hornell, N.Y.
"I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. If you think that somehow they didn't come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote in the health care bill, then ladies and gentlemen you live today in a world that is so innocent as is not to understand what is going on in Washington, D.C."
(Update at 12:55 p.m. ET: WKPQ has posted the entire 90-minute long Massa address here. As the station warns, "very large download - be patient!")
Breitbart TV has grabbed some of the audio and made it available:
As we reported Friday, Massa has said he will resign his seat at 5 p.m. ET today in order to bring an end to an ethics investigation into a male aide's allegation of sexual harassment.
Now, as the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports, Massa says the alleged harassment happened at a wedding reception when he responded to a staff member's joke with a crude line about what he (Massa) should do to that staffer."
Also in his radio address, Roll Call writes, Massa:
Accused Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., of lying about the timeline of the investigation.
In a statement released Wednesday, Hoyer's office said the Maryland lawmaker was alerted to the allegations against Massa in early February by his staff. The statement said Hoyer gave Massa or his office 48 hours to report the complaint to the ethics panel or threatened to do so himself.
"Steny Hoyer has never said a single word to me, at all, ever, not once. Not a word. This is a lie. It's a blatant, false statement," Massa said.
Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant responded to Massa's radio show early Monday morning, stating: "That's completely false. There is zero merit to that accusation."
Massa's district includes some of upstate New York's Finger Lakes region, and counties along the Southern Tier border with Pennsylvania. When he won the seat in 2008, he became the first Democrat to represent the district since 1986.
Update at 2:10 p.m. ET: Massa is scheduled to be on Glenn Beck's Fox News Channel show Tuesday.