March 8th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
8 years ago

Massa says Democratic leaders want him out

Rep. Eric Massa says his opposition to health care legislation contributed to an ethics probe into his conduct.

Rep. Eric Massa says his opposition to health care legislation contributed to an ethics probe into his conduct.

(CNN) - House Democratic leaders on Monday refuted embattled Rep. Eric Massa's allegation that they want to get rid of him because of his opposition to health care legislation.

"That's completely false. There is zero merit to that accusation," said Katie Grant, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland.

An aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, also denied Massa's claim.

Massa, D-New York, announced Wednesday he would not seek re-election because of health concerns and denied reports that he had harassed one of his Capitol Hill staff members. Two days later, he said he would resign effective Monday.

The first-term congressman said he learned of an ethics investigation into his conduct after deciding to retire.

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Programming Note: Rep. Eric Massa speaks out on Larry King Live, Tuesday 9 p.m. ET.

Filed under: 2010 • Eric Massa • New York
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  1. aware

    Self-interested power plays are the opposite of self-giving love! Only the latter will ultimately succeed! 🙂

    March 8, 2010 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  2. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If this man doesn't take responsibility for his own actions, I'm sure there is more to come, it never fails. He should just move on as he planned before things get really ugly.

    March 8, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. joe kiloz

    This comes at the heels of Obama appointing a family member of Rep Mattheson to the Circuit Court (he was a "NO" on Healthcare), are we going to think Massa is just coincidence ?

    March 8, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. demo

    Stop and think about it people. Pelosi came to the defense of Rangle and not a peep from her on Massa. Kinda makes you wonder.....

    March 8, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  5. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "Well, what I really ought to be doing is fracking you."

    Now, I was in my early 20's in the '70's and there is little I have not done or seen done, however, I am at a loss as to why one supposedly heterosexual male would state that to another supposedly heterosexual male. The only context it would make sense is if one or both of the conversationalists are openly gay. There is no indication in his story, that that was the case.

    So, since it would take an awful lot to offend me('70's again) about anything sexual, I would not have been offended or turned him in to the Ethics committee on behalf of the staffer the statement was directed to.

    However, a "conspiracy theory" to get rid of him is ludicrous, since Massa states he did say it. Seems Massa has been drinking some of the tea baggers tea!

    And, if I were the male staffer with "tousled hair", I would give the good Congressman a lot of space, should he too, have a "wide stance"!

    March 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  6. Jordan Gonzales

    Commissar Pelosi is furious. As a Calif Democrat, she is accustomed to degrading, devaluing, and disrespecting at her whim. Like all of today's Calif. Dems, she is accustomed to constituents who expect tomorrow to ALWAYS be worse than yesterday.

    March 8, 2010 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  7. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Why are you retiring then? So did they force you to act like a jerk at the wedding too? Good luck at your new lobbyist job.

    March 8, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. rachel

    Well he did what he did, but I beleive it, you got Nancy P standing up for Corrupt rangel but they are quick to let Massa go under. This is a dirty dirty white house.

    March 8, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  9. Bill

    Sounds like he is just a raging alcoholic trying to deflect his problems.

    March 8, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  10. All the news that's fit to omit

    Will this DEMOCRATS claims be proven true?

    Why would he lie since he is giving up the goods on some childish BS, but he IS quitting?

    Again Owebamabots, WHY would he lie about saying he is being forced out?

    I'll help you fools out, it's tye "teabaggers fault", nope, nope, "Rethuglicans", mmmmmm , "Rush did it", nope, nope, nope, "Palin that witch", nope, nope, I got it, IT'S BUSH'S FAULT.

    There you go GI Know nothing, time for Oprah.

    March 8, 2010 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  11. Silas Kain - Boston

    Massa's got nothing to lose by telling the truth with regard to the Democrat Leadership. Massa's dilemma is of his own making and he's paying the political price which is appropriate. The leadership on both sides of the aisle needs serious overhaul which includes more participation from other political parties which aren't at the table today. Having multiple political parties in Washington leads to consensus building and coalition government. What we have today is a two party system funded by the same political lobbyists playing both sides. It's the lobbyists and corporations who pick the party of the week to financially support. Two years ago Wall Street funded President Obama. This year they're funneling boatloads of cash into Republican candidacies.

    If we want real change in Washington, it begins with spreading the cash around. The best way to break the backs of lobbyists is to send more political parties to the Congress. Break their buying power and the people end up taking back ownership of the government. Lobbyists are like WalMart - they're buying off Congress in bulk. Well, folks, we can put an end to the warehouse sale by breaking the backs of the two major political parties.

    March 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  12. single mom

    Wow. FIrst Paterson refuses to listen to the White House when told first not to run for reelection and then to resign early and now there are all sorts of things coming out to tear him down.
    And now Massa, opposed to health care reform, is also on the chopping block.
    Sheesh, Dems! Eat your own much?

    March 8, 2010 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. southerncousin

    Knowing how crooked and corrupt the Obozo administration is, this would not be surprising. If nothing else, just the rumor of it will probably intimidate some other members who might vote against the elitist cabal that the George Soros, the unions and the dope smokers made our president.

    March 8, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  14. Brendan Garvey

    There's been a remarkable change in Representative Massa's tone over the weekend. Suddnely this has gone from his health concerns and possible misconduct, to some kind of Democratic power-broker conspiracy.

    I think Massa smelled vulnerability around Pelosi and the Democratic leadership over the weekend, as he realized that his decision sparked rumors. Now he's decided to cash in... and lo and behold, I hear he's landed an interview on Glenn Beck tomorrow. If he plays his cards right, maybe he can get a book deal too. "Vast Left Wing Conspiracy," he can call it.

    He's definitely going to need the money. He has a pre-existing condition, and will probably have to pay out of pocket for his medical expenses once he leaves the government health care that Congress enjoys. If only health care reform would pass. Oh well. Onwards with the media circus!

    March 8, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  15. Monkey wrench

    Let's see now, a BJ in the Oral office is fine but joking about sex at a wedding while drinking is an ethics violation? Hmmmm, okay I get it.... Would it be okay to take a few hundred thousand (we'll call it a campaign contribution) from say, a lobbyist group, say the trial lawyers, just as an example of course, and make sure that your vote did not support say like tort law reform? Hey would that be an ethics violation?

    March 8, 2010 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. RCasson

    He's the one who made the inappropriate comment. It's no one's fault but his. And after reading what he said, I don't blame the other guy for reporting it. What was he thinking? He's in Congress. Why in the world would he come on to someone, male OR female that way? I say get the hell out quick and fast. Obama does NOT need another headache. Now you can go pick up all the men you want. You're out.

    March 8, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. tjinlv

    ANOTHER slimy dirt bag trying to blame everyone else when he gets caught with his hand in the cookie jar. Rahm, Pelosi and no one else held a gun to his head to make him proposition and harass a staff member. If he'd look in the mirror he'd see the person causing all his problems.

    March 8, 2010 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Captain Awesome

    I wonder if the media will cover this story with the same fervor they covered the Mark Foley scandal back in 2006, just before the mid term elections? I remember the media would report on the Foley scandal every 15 minutes and they seemed to take pleasure from the fact that it was a Republican in the hot seat. Times have changed and the tables have turned. Will the media go dumpster diving once again?

    March 8, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. CHIPS

    Get out with what dignity you have left.

    March 8, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  20. LacrosseMom

    Poor man, he is delusional! Mr. Massa, go quietly before you make an even bigger fool out of yourself.

    March 8, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  21. A True Centrist

    Our government is broken...plain and simple.

    March 8, 2010 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner

    It sounds like Rep. Massa was defending the honor of the bridesmaid and the accusing staffer only saw the last part of the conversation. Note that Massa is for single-payer, so when he goes on Beck's show, there may be some surprises for Fox News viewers.

    March 8, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. Laverne

    This loser should stop talking immediately, he is a pervert who is looking for someone to blame for his demise. He is not the first dem with opposition to healthcare reform, so I don't buy that statement, he is only one vote. LOSER!

    March 8, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  24. Jeff in Virginia

    Has anybody else noticed the difference in behavior between Republicans and Democrats when dealing with a scandal?

    Vitter, Ensign, Sanford.. all embroiled in political scandal, all are still in their jobs. All are Republicans.

    Massa, Spitzer, Rangel... all embroiled in political scandal, two have stepped down, and the third has given up his chairmanship. All are Democrats.

    Democrats own up and resign. Republicans blame dirty politics and keep their jobs. Pathetic.

    March 8, 2010 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Kevin in Ohio

    Finally, a democrat rats on his own and reveals the truth of the Obama Chicago Machine that most of us have suspected all along.

    March 8, 2010 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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