Eric Massa, right-wing hero?

Outgoing congressman's conspiracy theory about his ethics problems gets him attention from Glenn Beck

Published March 8, 2010 7:55PM (EST)

Lately, the right has jumped at every chance it gets to portray Democrats as doing all sorts of malicious, underhanded things to get healthcare reform passed. Apparently, for Fox News' Glenn Beck, that even extends to embracing a congressman who voted against the House's bill because it wasn't liberal enough.

Rep. Eric Massa, D-N.Y., will be Beck's guest for a full hour of television, the host announced on Twitter Monday. "I just spoke with him off air," Beck wrote. "All Americans need To (sic) hear him."

The conspiracy theory Massa advanced this past weekend is likely what drew conspiracy lover Beck's attention. In a radio interview, Massa claimed that the reason the House ethics committee is investigating allegations that he sexually harrassed a male staffer -- indeed, the reason he ultimately decided to resign from Congress -- is that Democratic leaders want him gone because he was a "no" vote on healthcare.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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