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(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.
Programming Note: Rep. Eric Massa speaks out on Larry King Live, Tuesday 9 p.m. ET.
What a piece of garbage. this guy is, trying to bring everyone down with him. Be a man. Step down gracefully.
I guess any excuse will do. He has been a weak link in the whole process.
Another one bites the dust.
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.
see, chicago mob style politics. OBAMA IS A FRAUD
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???Nope...it"s the dems...they just use the gay issue for votes.
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.
I don' t understand this story, was he hitting on his male staffer or just joking? Please explain.