On the day he resigned from Congress, Eric Massa called Esquire editor Ryan D'Agostino and invited him to stand witness to, in his own words, “the total and complete destruction of a man.” A month prior, Massa had been feeding D’Agostino a story about Gen. David Petraeus, who was allegedly being primed for a 2012 presidential run by Dick Cheney in a move Massa called “treason” and a “coup d’etat.” In a lengthy Esquire piece, D’Agostino delves into both stories. Highlights:
- Massa says he attempted suicide, twice, as he drove from Washington, DC, back home to his district for the last time, and had to pull over to stop himself.
- He also divulges “other things” that “will come out,” such as the night he mixed alcohol and Ambien and walked to the Washington Monument at 4am, eventually texting staffers to help him home.
- During his meetings with Esquire editors about the Petraeus “coup,” he convinced them “it was a serious matter indeed,” D’Agostino writes. But he also gave off the impression of being “a little bit crazy.”
- He sometimes behaved himself strangely, such as the time he turned to D’Agostino and asked, “What are you, 17? You better watch yourself around gay bars, my friend. It could get interesting.”
- When Ron Hikel caught him in an embrace with his openly gay chief of staff, Massa says they were crying because of a local Marine’s death. Hikel, he says, got the wrong impression “because he was a freaking homophobe.”
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