Obama administration officials rejected former Rep. Eric Massa's claims he was forced out of office because he opposed healthcare legislation—not because he was facing sexual harassment allegations for telling a male staffer the two of them ought to be "fracking." White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Massa's claims aren't credible because he keeps giving different reasons for his resignation, including his health, his "salty" language, and now a Democratic conspiracy. "I think this whole story is ridiculous. I think the latest excuse is silly and ridiculous," Gibbs said.

Though Massa has admitted he made a sexually-charged comment to a male staffer at a wedding reception, the Navy veteran now insists he was pressured to resign because he supports single-payer healthcare and was one of 39 House Democrats who voted against the healthcare bill. According to the Times, Massa also claims that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel—who he described as the "son of the devil's spawn" and "an individual who would sell his mother to get a vote"—"has hated me since Day 1." The two purportedly sparred over Obama's budget in a heated and nude argument in the House gym:

I am sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird, and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even with a towel ... his finger in my chest, yelling at me at me because I wasn't going to vote for the president's budget ... You know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man?

His harsh words about Emanuel and his allegations of a Democratic conspiracy have made him a "conservative media hero," according to Politico. Rush Limbaugh promised to make a "national story" out of Massa's claims and said he is "going to have so much support from people," and according to Glenn Beck's Twitter, he'll be on the pundit's show for "the full hour" tonight because "all Americans need to hear him."