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Things are getting a little fracky in New York, and soon-to-be-former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) is not going quietly. He elaborated Sunday on what exactly he said to a staffer and then suggested the Democratic leadership leaked the details so that it could get rid of an opponent of the current health care reform bill. According to Massa, they were all at a wedding and had a little too much to drink. "A staff member made an intonation to me that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid,” Massa told local radio station WKPQ-FM. “His points were clear, and his words far more colorful. I grabbed the staff member next to me and said, ‘Well, what I really ought to be doing is fracking you,’ then tousled the guy’s hair and left.” The sheer weirdness of Massa’s statement is going to give this one some life; it certainly feels like fodder for the late-night talk shows. But what may be most noteworthy here is Massa’s suggestion that the Democratic leadership railroaded him. Massa also said he has never spoken to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), labeling Hoyer’s account of events a “lie” and a “blatant, false statement.”

Murtha seat: State Dems’ stamp not guaranteed

For those who thought Democrats picked a candidate for the late Rep. John Murtha’s (D-Pa.) seat over the weekend, you’re only half right. While Democratic leaders in the 12th congressional district picked former Murtha district director Mark Critz on Saturday, the final decision goes to the state executive committee today, and nobody’s counting chickens just yet. In fact, the members of the statewide committee who voted at the district level Saturday split evenly between Critz and state Treasurer Barbara Hafer. Hafer’s campaign has been working hard to call into question Critz’s electability, and some say it could be an issue for the state party. If Critz does get the nod, Hafer has gotten the ball rolling for Republicans, as far as transferring ethical questions about Murtha on to Critz’s candidacy.

Cornyn to weigh in

About two weeks after DSCC Chairman Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) spoke to reporters at a breakfast, NRSC Chairman John Cornyn (R-Texas) is holding a pen and pad with reporters today at 10 a.m. eastern time. Expect him to be asked about how Republicans will expand the map in 2010, including opportunities in New York, Washington and Wisconsin. Rand Paul is likely to be a topic too, after a poll this weekend showed him beating establishment favorite Trey Grayson by 15 (!) points. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and her future in the Senate will also come up, as per usual.