October 6th, 2010
07:52 AM ET
12 years ago

CNN 100: GOP may take former Dem seat

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list <a href="">here. Today's featured district is:

NY 29: Rep. Eric Massa resigned amid alleged scandal, vacating his seat.
Primary: September 14, 2010
Location: Southern tier of New York
Days until the election: 27

Unless the dynamic shifts radically in this district and this race in the 27 days left before the election, New York's 29th congressional district is a sure bet for a Republican take-over come November 2. The seat is open and holding a special election on November 2, as former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa resigned in March 2010 citing a returning case of cancer and an ongoing Congressional Ethics Committee investigation into allegations of sexual harassment. On top of that, Massa's refusal to support the Obama administration's health care bill was a thorn in the side of Democrats, and didn't win him any support when the alleged ethics committee violation arose.

Filed under: 2010 • CNN 100 • Eric Massa • New York
May 28th, 2010
02:27 PM ET
13 years ago

Souder, Massa seats to remain empty until November

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/05/28/art.massa.souder.gi.jpg caption ="The congressional seats vacated by Reps. Mark Souder (left) and Eric Massa (right) will remain empty until the November general election."](CNN) - Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday that the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Mark Souder would be held November 2, the same day as the general election.

"The grounds for this decision are: the cost to taxpayers, the convenience of the voting public, and the involvement of the largest possible number of citizens in the selection of a new Congressman," said Daniels in a statement. "It seems to me that these interests outweigh any gains from having a member of Congress present for what would amount to no more than 20 voting days."

Earlier this month, New York Gov. David Paterson also set the November general election as the date for a special election to replace former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa.

Souder, a Republican, resigned from the House last month after admitting an extra-marital affair with a member of his staff. Massa, a Democrat, resigned in March amid sexual harassment allegations from members of his staff.

A third vacant House seat in Georgia's 9th congressional district will be filled in a special run-off election on June 8. Republican Nathan Deal resigned from that seat in March to concentrate on his gubernatorial campaign.

Daniels' decision increases the number of open House seats, races in which no incumbent will be running in the general election, to 39. Of those, Democrats will be defending 19 seats, while Republicans will be defending 20.

Filed under: 2010 • Eric Massa • Indiana • Mark Souder • New York
April 21st, 2010
03:52 PM ET
13 years ago

House ethics panel launches formal Massa investigation

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/21/art.massa0303.gi.jpg caption="The House Ethics Committee launched a formal investigation of former Rep. Eric Massa on Monday."](CNN) - The House ethics committee launched a formal investigation Wednesday into sexual harassment allegations involving former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa, D-New York, elevating the preliminary investigation the committee began in March.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer was interviewed on Wednesday by the committee, according to his spokeswoman, Katie Grant, who told CNN that Hoyer's testimony was voluntary.

Brendan Daly, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi, told CNN Pelosi aides also have met with the ethics committee and Pelosi is volunteering to appear before the panel. "The speaker has made herself available to meet with the ethics committee at their earliest convenience. Members of our staff have met with and fully cooperated with the ethics committee," Daly said.

The committee announced it established a subcommittee "to conduct a full and complete inquiry into whether the conduct of any member, officer, or employee of the House violated any law, rule, regulation or other standard of conduct applicable to the performance of their duties with respect to the allegations of misconduct involving former Rep. Massa."


Filed under: Eric Massa • House
March 12th, 2010
04:59 PM ET
13 years ago

GOP trying to keep Massa investigation alive

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/12/art.boehner0105.gi.jpg caption="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.

Full story

Filed under: Eric Massa • GOP
March 10th, 2010
06:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Former Massa opponent passes on another run

(CNN) – The Republican congressman who lost to New York Democrat Eric Massa in 2008 announced Wednesday that he will not run again for the now vacant seat.

"Over the last week, I have heard from hundreds of my former constituents urging me to run for my old congressional seat," Randy Kuhl said in a written statement. "Their emotional plea to me was humbling and most appreciative. But, after careful consideration, I have decided to forgo a run for Congress. I want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported me during my 28 years of public service."

In the statement, Kuhl also urged his neighbors and friends to support Republican Tom Reed's candidacy for Massa's old seat. Reed announced his bid prior to Massa's surprise decision last week not to seek re-election in November which was followed by another surprise announcement that Massa would resign effective Monday evening.

–CNN's Deirdre Walsh and Martina Stewart contributed to this report.

Filed under: Eric Massa
March 10th, 2010
07:51 AM ET
13 years ago

Massa seeks to divert attention from harassment allegations

New York (CNN) - Embattled former Rep. Eric Massa sought Tuesday to turn attention away from sexual harassment allegations swirling around him in the wake of his resignation.

"I am leaving (the House of Representatives) because I have to fight simultaneously a potential reoccurrence of cancer, the Democratic leadership, and a health care bill that's going to destroy this country ... and a belief that my party has become what it campaigned against," he told CNN's "Larry King Live."

Massa, a New York Democrat, announced last Wednesday he would not seek re-election because of health concerns, and he 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 has said he learned of a House ethics investigation into his conduct after deciding to retire.

During a rambling interview Tuesday night, Massa called allegations that he groped a male staffer "not true," despite admitting just hours before in another interview to tickling a male employee.

"When you grab someone and you're wrestling, I don't know how to describe that word," he told King on Tuesday. "If that's the word [groping] you want to have an entire debate about, then I can't stop you."


Filed under: Eric Massa • New York
March 9th, 2010
03:19 PM ET
11 years ago

White House: Massa's claims are 'silly and ridiculous'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/09/art.gibbs0309.gi.jpg caption="White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Tuesday that recent accusations by former Democratic Rep. Eric Massa are 'silly and ridiculous.'"]
(CNN) – The White House is dismissing former Rep. Eric Massa's claims that Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel "is the son of devil's spawn" who once berated him in the nude for not supporting the president's budget.

Twice on Tuesday, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Massa's recent accusations about Emanuel are "silly and ridiculous."

In the wake of a Politico report that Massa sexually harassed one of his male staffers, the Democratic lawmaker announced last week that he would not seek re-election and then, just days later, that he would retire - effective Monday evening.

In his last full day in office on Monday, the departing lawmaker took a shot at the president's chief of staff.

"Rahm Emanuel is the son of the devil's spawn," Massa told a caller Sunday during his radio program on WKPQ in upstate New York. "He is an individual that would sell his mother for a vote. He would strap his children to the front end of a steam locomotive. If he doesn't like me, he can come after me personally."

On the broadcast, Massa also recounted a confrontation with Emanuel in the House gym.

"I'm sitting there showering, naked as a jaybird and here comes Rahm Emanuel, not even a towel wrapped around his tush, poking his finger in my chest, yelling at me because I wasn't going to vote for the president's budget," he said. "Do you know how awkward it is to have a political argument with a naked man? And by the way, what the heck is doing in the congressional gym? He goes there to intimidate members of Congress."

Filed under: Eric Massa • Health care • Obama administration • Rahm Emanuel
March 9th, 2010
01:45 PM ET
13 years ago

Hoyer responds to Massa

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/05/art.steny0705.gi.jpg caption ="House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Tuesday dismissed Rep. Eric Massa's claim that he was forced out of Congress because of his opposition to health care reform."]

Washington (CNN) - House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer dismissed Tuesday as "absolutely untrue" former Rep. Eric Massa's claim that he was forced out of Congress because of his opposition to health care reform.

Pressed by CNN about Massa's assertion that he was pushed out to save the health care bill and his criticism of the leadership tactics on the issue, Hoyer firmly responded, "It's absolutely untrue."

The number two House Democrat insisted repeatedly that there was no relationship between his actions regarding Massa and health care, emphasizing to reporters "Is anybody confused? Do I need to clarify that?"


Filed under: Eric Massa • Steny Hoyer
March 9th, 2010
08:03 AM ET
13 years ago

Ex-congressman set up?

Filed under: Eric Massa
March 8th, 2010
02:17 PM ET
13 years ago

Massa says Democratic leaders want him out

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/03/03/art.massa0303.gi.jpg 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.

Full story

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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