Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Is "Tickling" Sexual?

Representative Eric Massa continues to provide interesting tidbits from his sexual harassment vault. During an appearance on Glenn Beck's show (conservatives welcomed him after he denounced Democrats), Massa said that his contact with his aides was not "sexual."

Massa, however, has admitted to stroking the hair of a staffer. And on the Beck show, he said that he relentlessly "tickled" another aide:
“Now they are saying I groped a male staffer,’’ he told Mr. Beck. “Yeah I did. Not only did I grope him. I tickled him until he couldn’t breathe and then four guys jumped on top of me. It was my 50th birthday. It was kill the old guy. You can take anything out of context.’’
Massa also shared a house with his male assistants. He conceded that his Chief of Staff warmed him not to do this, but he said he needed to do so because of the outrageous rents in Washington, DC. Massa is under investigation for reportedly groping several male aides.

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

Hilarious. In his "explanations," Massa comes off (no pun) like Michael Scott's character from The Office.

Elizabeth said...

Darren, there is a delightful review of the Beck-Massa interview in Time.

Choice cuts:

Massa had come on Fox to out-Beck Glenn Beck. Armed with the very same weapons - a deep sense of victimhood, outrage at the powers that be and remarkable personal candor - the representative delivered a dizzying confessional.

(...)

Beck, who is used to controlling the gravitational force of victimhood around him, kept interrupting to point out that he was a bigger target of even greater forces than Massa.

(...)

as those 60 minutes came to an end Tuesday afternoon, the rabble-rouser seemed to recognize that he had fallen into a trap. The Beck big top has room for only one carnival barker at a time.


Very entertaining. :)

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Oh dear! Yes -- there are several reviews of the Beck interview. I need to check out this one. thanks for the link.

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