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

Massa says Democratic leaders want him out

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="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
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. alex

    What a piece of garbage. this guy is, trying to bring everyone down with him. Be a man. Step down gracefully.

    March 8, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  2. Blue

    I guess any excuse will do. He has been a weak link in the whole process.

    March 8, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  3. jeff jackson, alabama

    Another one bites the dust.

    March 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  4. billincalif

    DON'T WORRY ERIC. Many of your parties so called leaders and their lap dogs will be following you out the door this fall whether they 'pass' HC reform? or not.

    March 8, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Stop Corruption

    see, chicago mob style politics. OBAMA IS A FRAUD

    March 8, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Wake Up

    See what I've been talking about??? Obama and his administration are scum! What happened to "change"? Oh right, Obama is making it worse? Rahm and Obama should resign over this. IMMEDIATELY.

    I thought it was the "rethugs" as called by you libs...who are racist and homophobes???"s the dems...they just use the gay issue for votes.

    March 8, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  7. Onn

    Good job Democrats, keep digging the whole deeper! This is healthcare bill is not right, lets start pushing members of our own party out to achieve our goals.

    March 8, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. Gary

    I don' t understand this story, was he hitting on his male staffer or just joking? Please explain.

    March 8, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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