March 4th, 2010
05:35 PM ET
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Ethics Committee to investigate Democrat

Washington (CNN) - The House Ethics committee is investigating Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York.

In a short statement issued Thursday, the committee said it is "investigating and gathering additional information concerning matters related to allegations involving Representative Eric Massa."

Massa announced on Wednesday that he would not seek re-election due to health problems, but allegations of misconduct surfaced later in the day.

- CNN Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh contributed to this story.

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  1. Jenn, Philadelphia

    good thing this is the "most ethical Congress ever", huh Nancy?

    March 4, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  2. Mo

    I completely agree with Canid. It is completely Bush's fault. Uh what Mace thinks Pelosi is the dumbest speaker. Clean your ears out Mace War Monger Bush is the dumbest speaker of all time of any president and Cheny well it's a big toss up between him and Bush they are about equal in dumbness and morons.

    March 4, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  3. liberal wingnut

    Just give up on it. You know Democrats like Bill etc have no ethical values and will fight to their last breath to keep their job verses conservatives.

    March 4, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  4. chris l

    THE RADICAL anti AMERICAN CRIMINAL PARTY (aka The American Liberal Al Queda Party) is a disgrace. They should all be rounded up and thrown into gitmo for treason. Nov cannot come soon enough. As far as The One and Done Radical and Chief; He will be lucky not to be impeached or just thrown out of office due to revolution.

    March 4, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  5. Scott, Tucson

    Ethics committee to investigate Democrat...isn't that an oxymoron?

    March 4, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  6. B Real

    Actually, it was bUSH. Since bUSH loosened the ethics laws, standards were lowered and everybody wanted to be their own little version of a King, with big ego and mindless drivel. bUSH inspired this.

    March 4, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. repntenn

    Why stop here? There are 534 other members of Congress who need ot be investigated as well.

    March 4, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. JES

    Don't worry he will stay in power and office. The fox guarding the hen house.

    There is a reason the public doesn't trust our government they protect each other.

    March 4, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. eric

    "With Pelosi and pals in charge nothing short of murder would draw a rebuke from that ethically challenged crowd."

    Mace, why in the world would you say this? The investigation has been opened, and here who are accusing her of NOT giving these allegations due process. Maybe if an investigation weren't under way, your comments are warranted; however, seeing that the report contradicts your assertion, it displays who the real, in your wordchoice, is the "idiot" here.

    March 4, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Jon In Madison

    Bush made this mess. They all had to break the rules to clean it up. When will you all understand. The Democrats are heros I tell ya, HEROS. Just kidding, this is no big surprise.

    March 4, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Mickey

    Very good, Candi...but, no...this time it isn't Bush's fault.

    You are witnessing the purging of self-centered democrats such as Massa, Patterson, and soon to follow, Rangel before the 2010 elections. They are a detriment to the party. They are history.

    Unfortunately, thier wrongdoing doesn't hold a candle to what the Republican/Conservative domestic terrorists are doing to this country, disguised as "patriotism". They are the anti-America crowd. They are the racist crowd. They are the fear-mongering crowd.

    The only reason for their actions is a fear of a black man in the White House. Plain and simple. It is nothing else.

    The Republican/Conservative movement in this country is dead. Distance yourself from these bigots once and for all.

    Evolve or die.

    March 4, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  12. J.Havis

    No person is above the law. If he is guilty he must suffer the shame he deserves. No way out for the sinner.

    March 4, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. Chalupa

    This corruption extends all the way to the White House. Leadership determines the character of the organization. Unfortunately, the political bribes and other unethical behavior will take months to years to investigate and nothing will be done until we send a very strong message to D.C. Vote the incumbents out in November. We will lose a few good people but fire a much larger number of parasites.

    March 4, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  14. shooter

    How come The House Ethics committee did not jail this old crook McCain when he received $112,000.0 from Charles Keating?

    March 4, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Rangel Patterson, Massa; change we can believe in. Ever notice that when it's Republicans, 'they're all corrupt', but when it's Democrats 'everybody does it' as if that makes it OK?

    March 4, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  16. ib

    another day another demo in a scandal which will be covered up by Queen Pelosi.

    March 4, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  17. m smith

    Gee do you all get this excited about a repo???? Andy ,learn to spell Candi what kind of name is that? Mace some one should spray you Palin couldn't look like a Rhodes scholar is she where up against Lassie. Biased, thats why we investigate.

    March 4, 2010 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  18. FP

    Surprised? Not! Second DEM in a week! I thought Republicans were supposed to be the corrupt ones. Let's blame Bush for Rep. Eric Massa's wrong doing.
    Here's a better solution. Vote them all out in November!

    March 4, 2010 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  19. Gus

    the democrats are still way behind Republican corruption

    March 4, 2010 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  20. JOE

    NO!!!!!!! Don't tell me????? Another Democrat scumbag like Obama stealing.....He has been a thief all of his life .But his welfare heros in Harlem LOVE HIM...He supports all their welfare DEMANDS..Why work when you can steal????? Or sell crack on every street corner..

    March 4, 2010 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  21. GO! BUSH!

    Wow, people from both sides of the Isle are corrupt. I'm SHOCKED! This makes all republican corruption ever totally justified and unimportant. STUPID LIBERALS!

    March 4, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  22. Emilio

    Where are the investigations into the Bush War Criminal Nazis? Why wasn't the 9/11 coincidences and oddities fully investigated? Why are Bush and Cheney not in the dock at the Hague? Where are the investigations into the bank "failures"? Why are Repuglicons lower than pond scum? When will the congress take these questions seriously?

    March 4, 2010 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  23. jack

    how anyone could find one reason to defend the bush cabal is amazing. they started a war in iraq,when bin laden was in afgranistan. they didn't want to find him, so they could go into iraq. why? when a cia agent said there were no nuclear weapons there. they went on a mission to destroy him, like a mafia. they outed one of our cia agents. his wife. how unamerican and shocking. they increased the govt. powers 10fold from what it was. then listened in on their 'enemies'. which were journalists who weren't on the propanganda channel, fox. that was the most secretive admn. our country has ever seen. they arrested anti war protesters and called anyone who said anything against them treasonous. they rolled back regulations on banks, epa, everything for the corporations that gave them money. they want to do away with soc.sec. ,medicare, all soc. programs. it takes too much money away from the corporations .the chamber of commerce donates almost exclusively to repub.s govt .

    March 4, 2010 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  24. Sam

    Before some of you conservatives start salivating over this incident and ranting about Democrats and their perceived ethical lapses I'd suggest you remember the likes of Tom Delay, Newt Gingrich, Mark Foley, David Vitter, Trent Lott and John Ensign, just to name a few. And these are only the GOP clowns who have been in Congress and the Senate. Poor ethics isn't the exclusive domain of any one party although it does seem Republicans seem to have a worse problem of it than Democrats. When it comes to hypocrisy about poor ethics, however, the Republicans take a back seat to nobody.

    March 4, 2010 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  25. Martin Solis

    Wrong is wrong. Breaking the law isn't about a partisan party line – it's about – – – – well, breaking the law. Liberal or Conservative – no one is above the law. We all learned that actions have consequences when we were still kids. Somehow when elected to public office, some folks forget this basic of all truths.

    March 4, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
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