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Gibbs calls Massa's story 'ridiculous'

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs dismissed retiring New York Rep. Eric Massa's charges of a conspiracy to force him from office as "silly and ridiculous" in an appearance Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America."

"Well, look, I think this whole story is ridiculous," Gibbs told host George Stephanopolous. "I think the latest excuse is silly and ridiculous.

"George, let's go through what we've heard from Congressman Massa.

"Last week, he, on Wednesday, was having a recurrence of cancer. On Thursday, he was guilty of using salty language. On Friday, we learned he's before the Ethics Committee to be investigated on charges of sexual harassment.

"So, look, I think, clearly, his actions appear to be in the appropriate venue in the Ethics Committees to look at, but we're focused not on crazy allegations but instead on making this system work for the American people rather than work for insurance companies."

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  March 9, 2010; 10:46 AM ET
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Massa tried to schtup his staffer and got shot down -- officially. Now he sees an opportunity to turn the fruits of his libido into a book by doing what Americans do best: blaming someone else.

Posted by: Left_of_the_Pyle | March 9, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Very ineffective press secretary. Border-line stupid. No wonder...he went to NC State.

Go Heels.
Class of '90

Posted by: RB1019 | March 9, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives need to be real careful about putting their arms around this guy. I think it's fairly clear that Massa is an erratically loose cannon, and allies like these tend to do more harm than good in the long run. Republicans in Congress are wisely keeping their distance from this sideshow. But it is a little unsettling that all Massa had to do was intimate of a corrupt power play to get conservative pundits to almost immediately embrace him without bothering to do their homework on their new BFprobablynotF. This is a problem that's hardly unique to conservatives, but one might have hoped that conservatives, by their nature, would've resisted hopping onto an impulsive bandwagon despite some rather obvious warning signs that this bandwagon's gonna wreck somewhere.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | March 9, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs probably thought it was a finger too ~

Massa's stories have a fresh brashness about them that tells us they are BEYOND TRUTH!

They are pure enlightenmnet.

Even the unbelievers can appreciate their entertainment value.

Time for Rahm Emanual and this Gibbs guy to leave the stage. They are simply cogs in the Obamarama clown show, but they've lost their luster.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 9, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets not forget this man is an unhappy republican turned into an unhappy democrat......perhaps he's really still republican. Perhaps he always was.......

Posted by: fishinfool | March 9, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

It would have been too much to hope that the administration ignore the "opportunity" to comment.

Posted by: rmlwj1 | March 9, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

hahah, okay peterg73, I have no idea if you have a point, and probably wouldn't agree with you if you did, but this I like.

Posted by: neithernor | March 9, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs was probably naked from the waste down while giving the interview.

Posted by: peterg73 | March 9, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

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