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Eric Massa in Esquire: Conspiracy theories about Petraeus, suicide thoughts, more odd sexual talk

And you thought nothing could surprise you at this point: Eric Massa's compelling, strange new interviews with Esquire. (Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images)

Weeks before Eric Massa's scandalous departure from Congress, he secretly went to the editors of Esquire with a claim that Dick Cheney was urging Gen. David Petraeus to run for president -- a scenario the New York Democrat portrayed as "treason" and a "coup d'etat" because, Massa argued, "in order to succeed electorally [he] must fail militarily."

The magazine reveals the meeting in an astounding story hitting newsstands June 1. Author Ryan D'Agostino stayed overnight at the congressman's Corning home during the week of his resignation, the revelations of sexual harassment allegations from male staffers, and Massa's lashing-out at fellow Dems for supposedly plotting to destroy him. In a somewhat sympathetic story, D'Agostino reports that:

  • Massa told him he twice tried to kill himself, or mulled it anyway, after he left office.
  • Massa told him he once sleepwalked to the Washington Monument in a a booze-and-Ambien haze and had to call aides to get him.
  • At the end of the winter meeting at Esquire, Massa turned to D'Agostino with "a mischievous glint" and asked, "What are you, seventeen? . . . You better watch yourself around gay bars, my friend. It could get interesting."

    Petraeus, chief of U.S. Central Command, has repeatedly denied he's even considering a 2012 bid. D'Agostino writes that editors concluded that, if Massa's conspiracy theory were true, "it was a serious matter indeed." They also concluded: "Congressman Eric Massa was a little bit crazy."

    Read more in the new Esquire story.

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    Someone should ask Massa if he has been seen by a neurologist. I keep thinking his behavior has gotten so bizarre that he may have a brain tumor or some other condition that is affecting his brain. It is hard to believe he really is that nuts just on his own.

    Posted by: Dorothy1 | May 24, 2010 1:45 AM | Report abuse

    Massa is old news, and he has a very high ick factor. I'm really tired of reading about him.

    Posted by: nicekid | May 24, 2010 5:34 AM | Report abuse

    If any of this is true, I agree with Dorothy1.

    Posted by: jckdoors | May 24, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

    Who cares where this goon stuck or sticks his willy?


    Posted by: joesmithdefend | May 24, 2010 9:59 AM | Report abuse

    Dorothy1 may be on to something.

    Posted by: edismae | May 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

    Massa's claims are not worth the ink they are written with. Why believe anything he has to say?

    Posted by: cyberfool | May 24, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

    I also agree with Dorothy1. And the "other condition" affecting his brain may be alcoholism or narcotic addiction. That alcohol/Ambien-fueled sleepwalk is a pretty big red flag.

    Whatever it is, I hope he gets help and gets better. Maybe he can finally come out of the closet and live happily.

    Posted by: bigbrother1 | May 24, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

    Visualize this: Eric Massa trying to tickle Dick Cheney.

    Posted by: maggots | May 24, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

    It would be astonishing if this guy could get hired as a greeter at Wal-Mart, let alone elected to Congress.

    Posted by: lydgate | May 24, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

    At least we learned that a snorkeling trip with Massa doesn't involve going anywhere near water!

    Posted by: gce1356 | May 24, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

    Let's see, former U.S. Congressman exhibits delusional behavior, bordering on the whackadoodle.

    In other breaking news, the sun appeared on the eastern horizon early this morning.

    Posted by: LAWPOOL | May 24, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

    I'm not a doctor, but I play one on the internet...

    Diagnosis: Nutso! With narcissistic tendencies. Emotional level of insecure 14-year old boy tryin' to be cool with the football team. Closet.

    Posted by: dadada | May 24, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

    Or... telling the truth about Petraeus/Cheney, but Cheney has removed the "discretion/thinking" portion of Massa's brain (blow dart carefully aimed) in order to let Massa disgrace/discredit himself.

    Posted by: dadada | May 24, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

    I could see someone making that comment to an Esquire magazine interviewer; sort of fits.

    Posted by: RealTexan1 | May 24, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

    GEN Petraeus has not met with former VP Cheney to discuss a possible 2012 Presidential nomination. Nor has he exchanged anything other than pleasantries with the former VP in their one or two chance encounters since VP Cheney left office. GEN Petraeus has stated on the record numerous times that he has no interest in, nor intention of, running for political office. He feels privileged to serve with the more than 225,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen in the Central Command Area of Responsibility; however, he has no political ambitions."

    Posted by: mal_maj_usaf | May 25, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

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