March 12th, 2010
04:59 PM ET
5 years ago

GOP trying to keep Massa investigation alive

House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling for the ethics committee to continue investigating Eric Massa.
House Minority Leader John Boehner is calling for the ethics committee to continue investigating Eric Massa.

Washington (CNN) - Republicans continue to push for an in-depth investigation into former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa's alleged sexual harassment scandal - questioning when Democratic leaders knew, and whether they failed to act.

"Calls for additional investigations are ways to say that some people knew and they didn't act quickly enough - particularly the Speaker," said Stuart Rothenberg, editor and publisher of the Rothenberg Political Report. "This is about Massa, but they are trying make it more than that by bringing in other Democrats and the Democratic leadership. It's understandable and it's not unusual."

A report in The Washington Post said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office was notified of the situation within Massa's office in October by Joe Racalto, a top Massa aide, concerned about his boss' behavior. Pelosi said in published reports that she was notified about the sexual harassment claims on March 3.

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  1. Stephanie -Maryland

    Hey RNC/GOP's all Massa have done was to grop a few men & talk crazy. Watch him on Fox being interviewed by yours truly Glenn Beck. Now Boehner what's wrong with Cheney, Ashcroft,Rove &, Bush who sign the death sentence for over four thousand American Military men & women who died in a senseless so call Cheney/Bush War.

    March 12, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  2. ED FL

    The reason the GPOP is so mad at Massa is because all of his habits and escapades are reminisant of the typical GOP candidate. Massa's thoughts were representative of the GOP qualifications. He would have been a god send to have at the GOP C street den of iniquity. think of all the fun Sanders Ensignand the rest of those right wing kooks that live their.

    March 12, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  3. m smith

    the orange man should let sleeping dogs lie. It amazes me how fast the repos jump on board when it is not their party but act like nothing has happened when they screw up . And boy do they screw up. So tired of all of their negativity. The party of no should clean up their own house and try working for the american people instead of wasteing our money and time on this stuff.

    March 12, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    the look on Glenn Beck's face was priceless when Massa actually made him look like the idiot he is trying to get info and dirt that Massa wouldn't give him. So of course with egg on their faces the Repubs have to try to keep the focus away from their ineptness at doing anything and make Massa their focus which is really just tabloid material at this point. When they couldn't use him for their interest now they want an ethics review. CLASSIC!!

    March 12, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  5. j

    The man resigned, get over it. He's no longer a problem.

    March 12, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  6. James

    Beware the ides of March you hypocridical stanch Republicans. You preach conservatism through your lying lips. What bribes will you take today.

    March 12, 2010 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I want an investigation of why and how Boehner ever got inside the WH not knowing The Declaration of Independence from The Bill of Rights. Boehner needs to be investigated as a none citizen because we Americans learn this from childhood.

    March 12, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  8. historian

    I could care less about Massa – Boehner is so out of touch with reality. He gets a fabulous salary, awesome pension and great health care and can only think about going after a guy who has already resigned? Can you believe he wants to blame Nancy Pelosi for this one? I wish I had a job where I could just hang out and get nothing done. How I wish a time limit of eight years for every politician to serve would be implemented.

    March 12, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. bab

    May be they need to complete their investigation of Gov. Sanford, Vitter, and Dancing Larry Craig. And the list can get longer.

    March 12, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. 21k

    Hey Boner, can you say "Mark Foley"?

    March 12, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
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