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Probe of leaders likely in Massa case

Updated 4:45 p.m.
By Ben Pershing
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) introduced a bill Thursday calling for the House ethics committee to restart its probe of ex-representative Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), as Republicans seek to focus attention on what Democratic leaders knew about Massa's behavior and when they knew it.

Rather than approve the measure outright, the House voted, 402 to 1, to refer the bill to the ethics committee. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-Pa.) was the lone "no" vote, and 15 lawmakers -- many of them members of the ethics panel -- voted "present."

Though technically the panel is now under no obligation to act, it is likely the committee will follow the instructions laid out in Boehner's resolution.

The bill directs the ethics committee "to investigate fully ... which House Democratic leaders and members of their respective staffs had knowledge prior to March 3, 2010 of the aforementioned allegations concerning Mr. Massa, and what actions each leader and staffer having any such knowledge took after learning of the allegations." The measure orders the panel to report its findings by June 30.

Boehner called the vote "a clear signal that an investigation to examine and answer the very serious questions arising from Democratic Leaders' response to their former colleague's conduct is necessary. These questions must be answered to begin repairing the broken bonds of trust between the Congress and the American people."

The Committee on Standards of Official Conduct decided Wednesday to close its probe of Massa, according to sources familiar with the investigation, as Massa has resigned and is now beyond the jurisdiction of the committee. But Republicans say that new revelations in the case demonstrate that the ethics panel's job is not done.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that an aide to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was told in October by Joe Racalto, Massa's chief of staff, that the New York lawmaker lived with several young male aides, that he used sexually explicit language with them and that Massa made a potentially inappropriate lunch date with a young aide to Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). The Pelosi aide did not believe that any of the information Racalto provided suggested that Massa broke House rules or warranted an ethics investigation, according to Pelosi's office.

In February, another Massa aide, Ron Hikel, contacted the staff of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) to report accusations that Massa had sexually propositioned male aides and interns. According to Hoyer, he then directed his staff to tell Massa's staff that the charges needed to be reported to the ethics committee within 48 hours -- or Hoyer himself would do so. Hoyer's staff also alerted Pelosi's aides to the allegations, and they concurred that the matter should be taken up by the ethics panel.

Republicans now want the ethics panel to turn its attention to Hoyer, Pelosi and their aides to determine whether there was any wrongdoing in how they handled the information. As a precedent, the GOP cites the ethics panel's probe following the 2006 resignation of Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who was accused of behaving inappropriately toward male pages.

That investigation did not find any clear violations of House rules. But it did conclude that multiple GOP leaders and aides -- including Boehner -- sought to shift responsibility for dealing with Foley or "declined to probe deeply into the nature and scope of the allegations," and that "a pattern of conduct was exhibited among many individuals to remain willfully ignorant of the potential consequences of ... Foley's conduct with respect to House pages."

Reports of Foley's misbehavior dated back much longer than those in the Massa case and involved a much wider circle of members and staff, and Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant questioned Republicans' logic in asserting that leadership's handling of the Massa allegations is worthy of investigation.

"When a Massa staffer brought allegations of misconduct to a Hoyer staffer, Hoyer staff went to the Ethics Committee to tell them the course of action that the Majority Leader had determined was correct," Grant said. "The Ethics Committee agreed that they were the appropriate authority to confront these allegations and review them, and that the Majority Leader's Office should step aside. Within 48 hours, the Ethics Committee confirmed to Hoyer's staff that they had spoken with the Massa staffer, knew of the allegations and were taking action."

Fattah, the lone lawmaker to vote against referring Thursday's measure to the ethics panel, said in an interview that he did so because "we do have some real work to do" in the House, like dealing with the economy, health care and two wars.

"It's really just a politically-motivated distraction," Fattah said of the Boehner resolution.

By Ben Pershing  |  March 11, 2010; 1:32 PM ET
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Comments

This bill is not a distraction and ethics committee's probe should done according to majority approval of representatives.When it comes to interfereing with other important jobs to be done then it becomes a distraction.

Posted by: m_hirbodnia | March 12, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

LOL. This will no doubt go over as well with the public as when the GOP shut down the government for two years to look into Bill Clinton's sex life.

Memo to GOP: YOU may be obsessed with the physical details of Democratic politicians' sexual lives, but the American people are more interested in jobs, health care, and keeping our planet's atmosphere from roasting us.

Nothing but children among the GOP "leadership". Shameful.

Posted by: B2O2 | March 11, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

At 1:31 PM Lefty_ wrote, "Hold up health care. Hold up unemployment benefits. Hold up jobs bill. Hold up financial system reform. Reopen Massa ethics inquiry in order to embarrass Democrats. Yep! The Republicans have their priorities straight. Party first, welfare of the people last."

Yup.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | March 11, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans vote to refer measure calling for further investigation to ethics committee."


Ahhhh .... where were these upstanding congressmen when Vitter, Craig, ensign were in the news???

Posted by: knjincvc | March 11, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse


Headline: Democrat Leadership Shields Crooks and Perverts

Is every Democrat in Congress a homosexual predator or a corrupt thief?

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 11, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

What's up with these Catholics? Little boys and girls not enough? Reminds me of the former governor of New Jersey who sexually harassed a gay staffer, then heroically declared himself a "Gay American."
LOL! Very Kennedy-esque. Except for one minor detail.

Wonder if Massa is a priest.

Posted by: FarnazMansouri | March 11, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

Heterosexual congressmen have been groping each other for decades. It is a super friendly way of greeting a pal. Since the Massa scandal a pat on the shoulder has replaced the cheerful grope. A new mental disorder has come to Washington, it is called Gropophobia.

Posted by: melvin_polatnick | March 11, 2010 8:44 PM | Report abuse

Massa in de col' col' ground... (how ironic)...

So make it happen...

Posted by: icyone | March 11, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Grown men having "Tickle" fights?? I don't think so. Massa mussa gotten carried away and started groping.

Posted by: BeaverCleavage | March 11, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, folks? Hasn't there been quite enough "probing" in this case? Between being poked in the shower to tickling some guy until he couldn't breathe, this story has become more bizarre by the hour. Democrat Eric Massa, the media circus gift that keeps on giving! This is certainly welcome comic relief in the middle of the fall of the Republic as the Obamaniacs rahm their healthcare bill down the unwilling Public's throat. Seriously, though, how does this country keep electing these deranged dopes to high public office? It was a pleasure to blog about Massa, Beck, Pelosi, Rahm and Patrick Kennedy this week at http://patrioticmobster.wordpress.com

Posted by: PresidentSuit | March 11, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

NOT going to happen. No way, no how.

The very LAST thing Democrats want is for questionable ethics and actions exposed to the public.


That's why they have the Ethics Committee. To keep stuff like this buried.

Posted by: Tupac_Goldstein | March 11, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

For all those lib.kooks who thinks it 'okay' for these officials in high places to behav. in such degrading marner.Well it's NOT - there is certain 'ethics' that comes with the job.
Right now, the dem are not acting within that pareme.
Or is it 'power corrupts absolu.'

Posted by: somers91

Hey Senator Ensign! Good to see you. Still sitting in that Senate seat? I have no doubt you could have gotten a lot nicer piece for a lot less than you paid. It is legal in Nevada.

What have you heard about Mark Sanford? Did he step down? It was just a minunderstanding. His staff thought he said "Hiking the Appalachinian Trai." but he really said, "Humping some Argentinian Tail."

Posted by: James10 | March 11, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

For all those lib.kooks who thinks it 'okay' for these officials in high places to behav. in such degrading marner.Well it's NOT - there is certain 'ethics' that comes with the job.
Right now, the dem are not acting within that pareme.
Or is it 'power corrupts absolu.'

Posted by: somers91

Hey Senator Ensign! Good to see you. Still sitting in that Senate seat? I have no doubt you could have gotten a lot nicer piece for a lot less than you paid. It is legal in Nevada.

Posted by: James10 | March 11, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know what happened, why and who knew what when.

The only rational objection to such a probe is Massa's already out and it would cost money.

Of course, if Congress refuses to do something because of the cost, that's pretty much an admission of guilt.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Rep. J. Boener (R-Ohio) should review the videotape of Lawrence ___ (subbing for Keith O. last night) struggling to craft a definition, with help from Bill Maher, of the word "snorkeling." The congressman will find that the substance of the charges against Massa are the equal of a lot of shameless Republican behavior, and he will be sorry he opened this line of inquiry as a result.

Posted by: axolotl | March 11, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know what happened, why and who knew what when.

The only rational objection to such a probe is Massa's already out and it would cost money.

Of course, if Congress refuses to do something because of the cost, that's pretty much an admission of guilt.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

I would like to know what happened, why and who knew what when.

The only rational objection to such a probe is Massa's already out and it would cost money.

Of course, if Congress refuses to do something because of the cost, that's pretty much an admission of guilt.

Posted by: andrew23boyle | March 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Please call,fax,email,snail mail your own
two US Senators and Member of Congress to
demand the Immediate Expulsion of Madame
Speaker Nancy Pelosi,House Democrat Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and also the
Expulsion of Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid and Immediate Impeachment
of Barack Hussein Obama the citizen from
Kenya pretending to be President of the USA
and Vice President And Draft Dodger Joe the
Big Mouth Biden. Vote these Bums Out!

Posted by: KarenKay2009 | March 11, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Massa was last seen selling watermelons with Dan Rather.Obama was laying in a supply for himself and his best budds ,Bill Cosby and Immanuel.

Massa in de cold,cold ground. LOL!!

Posted by: hyroller56 | March 11, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Come Nov10 - the people will make their 'decree on ethics' and the polits.will then get the 'message' who will stay and who WILL NOT.

Posted by: somers91 | March 11, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

For all those lib.kooks who thinks it 'okay' for these officials in high places to behav. in such degrading marner.Well it's NOT - there is certain 'ethics' that comes with the job.
Right now, the dem are not acting within that pareme.
Or is it 'power corrupts absolu.'

Posted by: somers91 | March 11, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

At least Massa resign without any hesita. but now we have rahm who reeks of sleaze and perversion and HE IS STILL IN OFFICE and btw not any ordinary office.

Posted by: somers91 | March 11, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Why stop with a 'former' Congressman? What about George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? You pick the issue.

Of course that we never happen - not at least as long as they have their boy in the White House.

Posted by: question-guy | March 11, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Where were these guys when "Diaper" Dan Vitter was serving out the remainder of his term?

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Did people like Boehner demand a full investigation of what the Republican leadership knew before Mark Foley was "outed"?
No, I don't believe so. Is Boehner's demand now a hypocritical partisan ploy which is based on no principle whatsoever? Yes, I believe so.

Posted by: twm1 | March 11, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

The American people were taken to the cleaners via government, wall street and business incompetance. Here we are a year and a half later and nothing has changed. I just dumped my two Citi cards I had for years due to a new charge of $60 per card for the privilage of carrying their plastic card in my wallet.
I am not a big conspiracy believer, I think our genes keep us from holding secrets.
But I ask myself how so many men in power, paid multi million dollar paychecks via shareholder benevolence were so stupid?. I am concerned that before the trillion dollar theft took place there was a concerted attack on the fourth estate. I am concerned that anyone cares about Massa when the theft of trillions goes unmentioned. Ethics and morality is in short supply in America.

Posted by: JillCalifornia | March 11, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Not looking good kooks!

DNC is DOA in 2010!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

While they're at it, why not probed Vitter, Sanford and Ensign? Go for it.

Posted by: bigben1986 | March 11, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

The words "Probe," "likely," and "Massa" should not be used in the same headline.

Posted by: pgr88 | March 11, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Strike 1 was with Fox News, Hannity, Oreilly, et al.

This will be Strike 2.

Strike 3 will be Palin and Romney weighing in and calling for a rectal exam of every Democrat House Rep to see what else they may be hiding.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | March 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

yet have no problen with Senator toe tapper from Minnesota who pleaded guilty of sexual solicitation... another example of why I'm no longer a repug.

Posted by: Geopolitics101 | March 11, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I had wondered why Massa wasn't turned over to the justice dept's public integrity unit. It sounded like something they would have handled. Who knew what and when?

Posted by: redd1 | March 11, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

rep.boehner is calling for the ethic committe to use time and money to reopen that mess on ex-congressman masse he was not acting like a congressman with his staffers but [boehner] may be upset because he's thinking this man was gay and he was in the locker room with them, but guess what con. boehner you may still have thoses who are still in the closet that are afraid to come out specially in the [gop] because they are afraid of the gop but they should not be afraid they are who they are, it between them and[God] man shouldn't judge when you aren't perfect no human being is perfect, and that don't give anyone to mistreat no human gay or straight, so boehner get over it the speaker of the house according to you should not be speaker of the house well you won't be speaker try winning your seat in november 2010 that what you should worry about because what no seats are safe this year how about that.

Posted by: nyokadavis | March 11, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

WOW ! It's amazing how quickly and useful the Republicans are finding an "ETHICS COMMITTEE" to be. Especially one that is actually functioning. These "tools" now bweing used by the same Republicans who killed, declared dead, buried and planted flowers on the old one for 8 years.

As for me, I hope the committe takes out all the scum, Dem, Rep, or Ind (something would not even be activated under the old regime). But I won't hold my breath for any bad ethics claims about Republicans form Republicans.

Posted by: lillypad2 | March 11, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

the vote was 402-1 to send it to the ethics committee. the 1 vote was democratic. Either that one vote means to me that either no one else is worried about this, or that they know something no one else does and didn't want to admit it.

Posted by: ai3di | March 11, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Sure, maybe Massa groped a few people. But that's nothing compared to what the entire congress has been doing to the American people for the last 30 years.

Posted by: msmart2u | March 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The unending Republican fascination with gay sex.

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Article says "Probe of"...

Who worded that ?

Posted by: LactoseIntolerantNot | March 11, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Note that before Boehner decided to attack, Fox News toyed with the idea of playing up the former Republican's attacks on the Democratic leadership. However, once Glen Beck found that Massa was not a Republican lapdog, then Boehner decided to attack, rather than to support, Massa.
Republicans have no integrity whatsoever.

Posted by: bethechangeyouwant | March 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Sure maybe Massa should be investigated but does it warrant so much media attention. We gave the Bush regime a pass on the lies told to the American public to get into Iraq. It's just like the GOP to care more about someone being groped than 4,000 of our men and women dead for nothing.

Why in God's name don't they buckle down and try to work for the benefit of the American people and by American people I mean even the least of our bretheren.

All they care about is scandal, pandering the rich, religious right and the NRA. I've been alive for 58 years and for as long as I've been alive they've done nothing by try to thwart and obstruct anything that benefits the general population.

Instead they just love giving it away to the rich and big business they even helped Bush stack the supreme court in their political favor.

Like Beck, Limbaugh, Coulter etc. they're just over paid political hacks with their own self-interests in mind.

Posted by: davidbronx | March 11, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Republicans say: "Re-open the Massa probe but don't re-open the Palin ethics investigations. Her resignation made them moot."

Posted by: Ms_Morgan | March 11, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Is it true Massa and Patrick Kennedy are drinking buddies?

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | March 11, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The Beck-Massa interview will live forever on YouTube. 100 years from now people will be laughing at Glenn Beck. Of course, long before then his homosexuality will have been revealed.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 11, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Boner and the other closet queers in the GOP can't resist a good gay sex probe.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 11, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Glenn Beckless to conduct the investigation. We have already seen how brilliant he is in getting to the facts. This is so damn funny. The conutry's at war, corporate thieves are stealing us blind, 44 million people can't pay to se a doctor for a check-up, but wow, those "R" party morons are gonna find out what the "massa" done did in order to protects their store-bought negroes.

Posted by: pookiecat


Silly lib, tricks are for kids. 47 million really? Perhaps you should try and admit that only 10 million "legal" citizens want healthcare coverage yet can't afford it. 10 million doesn't require Obamacare, but nice try. And yep, just ask those fine folks at ACORN what they think about Glenn Beck's investigation skills. LOL

"IMAGINE.......NO LIBERALS!"

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

When you have nothing to contribute to the dialogue that is underway, then you find a new issue to divert attention to your intentional lack of suggestions and recommendations for the issues confronting the Country. The party of No! has chosen to have nothing of substance to offer, and is blindly hoping that a full scale investigation of the Massa, and his escapades will divert attention of the country to that, as well as further gridlock Congress. Remember, the GOP plan is to allow nothing to be accomplished, and then claim the Democrats in office should be turned otu, as they have been unable to pass any useful legislation. This is the GOP plan for solving America's problems!

Posted by: atc333 | March 11, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Not surprising the G.O.P. wants to open an investigation. If it has to do with sex, especially gay sex, the G.O.P. wants to know the details. Good thing Boehner only needed one hand to write the bill.

Posted by: thomgr | March 11, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's get Glenn Beckless to conduct the investigation. We have already seen how brilliant he is in getting to the facts. This is so damn funny. The conutry's at war, corporate thieves are stealing us blind, 44 million people can't pay to se a doctor for a check-up, but wow, those "R" party morons are gonna find out what the "massa" done did in order to protects their store-bought negroes.

Posted by: pookiecat | March 11, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

"Poor Glenn Beck. His big get of an interview with Eric Massa failed to turn up any dirt, the kind he was obviously hoping would help fertilize his Tree of Revolution."

He fertilized it quite plenteously -- not with the blood of tyrants, but with unadulterated horse puckey.

Posted by: laboo | March 11, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Smacks of GOP desperation.

Posted by: Julescator

LMAO!! Yes idiot, the GOP is going to be real desperate heading into November!!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now Obama will grow a pair and there will be an investigation of why we sent soldiers to die in Iraq and that alleged cowboy never got impeached.

Posted by: psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan


Some cheese for your WHINE?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Smacks of GOP desperation. They should take a look at Vitter. the FBI has e-mails that nail him to the wall. The Stone throwers need to do their own housekeeping. Ensign, Vitter, Sanford - all still in office. WHY? Massa is GONE!

Posted by: Julescator | March 11, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm up for a fair trade: Reopen the Massa probe AND the Bush/Cheney torture probes. Bipartisanship at its finest.

Posted by: laboo | March 11, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Maybe now Obama will grow a pair and there will be an investigation of why we sent soldiers to die in Iraq and that alleged cowboy never got impeached.

Posted by: psst_limbaugh_keep-ranting_satan | March 11, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Since he has already resigned, don't we really have more important issues to worry about! Give it up GOP! Stop throwing stones and lets get to work on the issues at hand!

Posted by: MyOpion1

Paybacks sux, eh lib?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 11, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse


The Democrats leadership exposed Massa....unlike the Republican leadership who tried to hide Foley's wrong doings.

It is all about leadership owning their staff's conduct....the Republicans tried to hide....not publicly own their staff's misbehavior.

Coach Haster, it is good you retired.

Pelosi....you rock.

Posted by: wrock76taolcom | March 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Since he has already resigned, don't we really have more important issues to worry about! Give it up GOP! Stop throwing stones and lets get to work on the issues at hand!

Posted by: MyOpion1 | March 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Since he has already resigned, don't we really have more important issues to worry about! Give it up GOP! Stop throwing stones and lets get to work on the issues at hand!

Posted by: MyOpion1 | March 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I should open a probe on why my dog is groping on my leg....I got him neutered

Posted by: dove369 | March 11, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

This is so boring

Posted by: dove369 | March 11, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Eeee gad, he tickled another man! Call Ken Starr out of retirement!

Posted by: Client-9 | March 11, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Great. Let's reopen the Larry Craig "incident" and the one with that guy in Florida and Tom DeLay and ... well the list goes on and on.
Truth is that 3 days ago Republicans were worshiping Massa. Republican thought leader Glenn Beck even invited him on the show to honor him. Democrats wanted to throw him out from day one.

Posted by: djah | March 11, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Boehner introduce this on the House floor today, actually just a few minutes ago and it was voted down 400-1? Just asking.

Posted by: mawheelz | March 11, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

In reply to yamamah:

Agreed friend... Execute first.. probe later. We can immortalize him at Madame Tussaud's right here on 42nd st. Fat pasty fok ball. he needs to go

Posted by: ukangitmynutz | March 11, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Massa resigned. Perhaps they should open an investigation concerning Ensign, Vitter, etc., etc., etc.......

Posted by: jckdoors | March 11, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You can always count on the Republi-cons for an investigation into sexual misconduct (President Clinton, ex-Rep. Massa, etc.). Too bad they aren't interested in investigating the REAL scandal -- the war crimes of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Feith, Gonzales, Yoo, Addington and Bybee. Following their convictions, we would have the perfect prison to house these criminals -- Guantanamo Bay.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | March 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Reopen the Massa probe ???

He's gone. Why waste the time? Oh right, if a Democratic majority is kept busy investigating BS, they can't accomplish more meaningful??? (read, Obama-inspired) work.

Posted by: waltonr1 | March 11, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

That's all well and good but we have a country in crisis. There are real Americans as Ms. Palin likes to call us, with real problems, and all these show boats can worry about is show boating. It's very sad. Tickle time for juvies.

Posted by: SarahBB | March 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

what happened between, "i was forced out," and, "i left on my own."??????
what Beck did was open the ears and minds of people to say, wait a minute - - so suddenly the story changes? that's enough to make any doberman's ears stand up.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

obviously MASSA was rattled.
this coupled with a change of his original story is troubling.
Massa might be too shaken to continue but the ball is now out of his hands. i think there should be an investigation.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 11, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

If Boehner wants to punish or disgrace any Congressman who does not tattle on peers at first suspicion, perhaps the whole Hill should resign. Except, of course, that no Republicans ever sin, do nutty things, or refrain from reporting on others' sins, do they?

Well, if Boehner can't disgrace or "out" some Democrats on the matter, perhaps he can at least to obstruct health care or financial regulation reforms. Any dirt helps. Justices Roberts and Scalia probably agree.

Posted by: jkoch2 | March 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

This is what the GOP would like to spend their time and effort with.
Posted by: A-Voter
--------------
you hit it on the head.
THE REPUBLICANS seem to be the only Party who cares about this country any more. today's democrats appear to be lacking.

if the possibility of CORRUPTION in government is not of the highest importance what use is there having a government at all?

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 11, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Massa has been battling cancer. His emotions are all over the board and he is likely to say anything. The thing that needs to be investigated is why his own party picked this time to attack him for things that other party members are doing on a regular basis.

Posted by: websmith1 | March 11, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

"This is what the GOP would like to spend their time and effort with."


===============
EXACTLY.
protecting americans is now left up to the GOP... democrats see this country going doing the s lu tt s vill e tube and are doing zip about it.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 11, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

This will destroy whatever credibility Pelosi and the Dems have left with the American public. The Dems are cruising for a GOP tsunami in the mid-terms and this investigation will cost some more Democrats their seats!

Posted by: Realist201 | March 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans say NO! to important legislation but YES! to slinging dirt. Just what we don't need!

Posted by: marmac5 | March 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

In reply to ukangitmynutz:
First hang Rove, then have the probe. Besides being a time saver, it reduces the national debt. btw: save the rope for later.

Posted by: yamamah | March 11, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

yes.
lets find out why he said he was "forced out." then DAYS later calmly says he "left on my own."

THERE IS SOMETHING VERY WRONG HERE.
and the "business that really matters" is whether there is corruption and threats going on in a United States Administration and /or Party.

Posted by: ChooseBestCandidate | March 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

ROFL - Republicans are desperate!
For YEARS they knew Mark Foley was snorkeling male pages.
What did Repubs do? nuttin!


Posted by: angie12106 | March 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

ROFL - Republicans are desperate!
For YEARS they knew Mark Foley was snorkeling male pages.
What did Repubs do? nuttin!


Posted by: angie12106 | March 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Investigate Newt Gingich and his unethical behavor as House Leader; sales of unread books by the caselot sale; if the GOP is interestd in finding ethical violations.

Perhaps Larry Craig or how about Ted Stevens from Alaska. How about Sarah palin and her many ethics violations charges brought against her while in office.

The list of unethical behavior is long and the GOP's memory is short!

Posted by: patmatthews | March 11, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Forget the probe. Screw Massa and Pelosi both in the Congressional gym shower for all I care. The problems is jobs 'n healthcare.

Posted by: glenglish | March 11, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse


Probe likely in Massa case.

Somebody's having fun with the headlines.

Posted by: wmpowellfan | March 11, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes and let's reopen the Mark Adam Foley of Florida's 16th district who was also forced to resign and ethics probe was then dropped by the republicans when they had control too. No????? Bwhahahahahahahahahah

Posted by: _Cowabunga_ | March 11, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Why dont we probe Karl Rove for outing and endangering our covert operatives abroad in the name of personal revenge and then execute him.

Posted by: ukangitmynutz | March 11, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Republicans suck, don't they. May they all rot.

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | March 11, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Well it may had been on the first day of breaking news....

Now....

Just a bunch of lazy conservative columnist and MSNBC trying to make this a story...

I'm telling you...watch how MSNBC does little coverage on any Iish caught up in a scandal...

They only cover Blacks, Latino, Italian and Jews scandals...MSNBC...check your own track record

MSNBC are just like those Tea Party people...

Where are their people of color?

Posted by: dove369 | March 11, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I have a feeling Massa would be all about a "probe".

Posted by: www-tryveg-com | March 11, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

boner hears anything about gay stuff and his mind immediately goes to probing......

Could it be that republicons are just vying to make scandals part of their election strategy and really could care less? Funny how they were not calling for such probing before massa went on the bsck show and made beck and conservatives look like really horses behinds for endorsing him. Just saying. The Dems did their due diligence, something we never saw once during 8 years of republicon kleptocracy.

Posted by: John1263 | March 11, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Republicans = poop!

Posted by: zendog | March 11, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

How about the GOP probing their own ethics from the last 8 years. Now they care about ethics and fiscal responsibility. Good luck getting voted back into power.

Posted by: ged0386 | March 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Senator Boehner, did you miss the the Glenn Beck interview of Massa? Our are you just doubling down, hoping the buffoon won't have any more stories of tickle fights and statements like "I forced myself out" in the waiting?

Posted by: petekwando | March 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

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Well this is no suprise.

And Limbaugh and Malkin had clearly WARNED Beck well before 5pm ET to cancel Massa! I'm not sure if Beck's show is live, but if not, then what was he thinking ???

Beck thought he was going to get some sweeeeeet revelations from Massa about the "Chicago tactics" used on him by Obama and Rahm, but instead he got a closet queen who is ashamed of his past, whop voted 'NO" on the HC bill because it wasnt liberal ENOUGH and he even brought up campaign finance reform while Beck sat there with a glazed look of "WTF?" on his face.
'BACKFIRE' would be a gross understatement.

It was Classic TV for sure.

And predictably, Rush is saying ZIPPO about this today.

Their desperation .... is comforting.
Poor Glenn Beck. His big get of an interview with Eric Massa yesterday (3/9/10) not only failed to turn up any anti-progressive dirt, the kind he was obviously hoping would help fertilize his “Tree of Revolution,” the whole thing backfired and made him a laughingstock. There has been a lot of excellent analysis written already about the interview and why it failed.

Posted by: gregorysherard | March 11, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Gag? How jejune can we get? I feel a contest coming on.

Posted by: LeighOats
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You started it! But I'm going to respectfully decline the invite. Any further discussion on this topic constitutes harrassement, btw....

Posted by: abqcleve | March 11, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I hear Larry Craig wants to probe Massa.

Posted by: MarilynManson | March 11, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

i saw on news today that pelosi new about massa at least since oct of last year.now it is coming out that massa had a date with one of barney franks young interns.sounds like frank is at it again. time to run him out of office to.thjis is why they do not want queers in hi postions blackmail. itrhought when tha chicken hawk gop man was caught with congress aids that he dems took over watching them and never happen again.time for a real ddep investigation on what the queers into in congress

Posted by: dagner49 | March 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Now that John Edwards is down for the count only FOXNOOSE is covering him.

Posted by: Emmetrope | March 11, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Says abqcleve ("March 11, 2010 2:06 PM"): "Very jejune headline, WAPO. I've got as big a funnybone as anyone; but this gag is pretty lame."

Gag? How jejune can we get? I feel a contest coming on.

Posted by: LeighOats | March 11, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

I think Massa should get out of politics and go where he belongs. To serve as a Catholic priest.

Posted by: chopin224 | March 11, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Very jejune headline, WAPO. I've got as big a funnybone as anyone; but this gag is pretty lame.

Posted by: abqcleve | March 11, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

There was a time when the Repnos would have said there are too many more important things to be (not) dealt with than one mans' sexual dalliances. But, that was last week. Now this issue is more important than the advent of sliced bread. What will be important next week? Take your pet to lunch day? Yes, it snowed, but how cold was the snow? Does a Boehner grope in the woods? For those wanting to make a ton of money, develop and market a game along the lines of "Republican Trivia". You will have to overcome the answers on all the cards reading "NO" or "FLIP" or "FLOP" and the fact that all questions have to have a trivial answer but that's where the bucks are.

Posted by: hoser3 | March 11, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

This post, and some commenters (like jfx1, whose comment I otherwise agree with) leave out one crucial difference between the Massa and Foley cases: the Massa allegations were referred to the Ethic Cmmt., while Foley's never were. He just eventually resigned when the allegations became public.

Posted by: dabberc | March 11, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Says jimmykraktov ("March 11, 2010 1:27 PM"): "So, another homo surfaces in Washington. Big deal. He quit already. Get on with the business that really matters and stop behaving like a bunch of school kids."

That's right. I feel that even Mark Foley would say that it's time to turn the page.

Posted by: LeighOats | March 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

"Massa made a potentially inappropriate lunch date with a young aide to Rep. Barney Frank"

.... pray tell, who's surprized?

How much screeching hysteria the Democrats produced with the same kinds of stories when it was a Republican ... they paved the way of low manouevers, insults, trying to taint all ... and now you are upset?

What liberal regressive hypocracy ... there are bad eggs everywhere.

Posted by: sally62 | March 11, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

John 'Agent Orange' Boehner is on the case. Soon someone will remind him that for every one Democratic scandal to be reopened, there are five Republican scandals to be opened.

Agent Orange will be operating with behind the scenes support from Diaper Dandy (R-La.) and the Flag (R-Nv.) from the U.S. Republican Senate.

Posted by: Patriot3 | March 11, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

PLEASE, spare us the sanctimony and self-righteous witch hunt that substitues for governance by the GOP sex-hounds.

Where's Foley? Where's the C-Street counsel? WHERE ARE THE WMDs???? The right wingnuts would rather check out the Kama Sutra than the war(s) or torture memos. They'd much rather muse about positions than military posturing.

Somebody should wake up and govern while we still have a republic.

Posted by: suzeq | March 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I would call this a fruitless inquiry but I guess it really isn't...i'm groping for what to call it, though.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | March 11, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Senator Boehner, did you miss the the Glenn Beck interview of Massa? Our are you just doubling down, hoping the buffoon won't have any more stories of tickle fights and statements like "I forced myself out" in the waiting?

Posted by: petekwando | March 11, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Why do they want a new probe? Ohhh because because Glenn Beck got embarrassed yesterday. ROTFLMAO!

Posted by: horace_simon1 | March 11, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

The Republican goal is simply to waste the Democrats' time with this fruitless inquiry

Posted by: chuck8 | March 11, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the GOP should promote some kind of rule about prohibiting 'tickle parties'. No doubt that would improve decorum in Congress! I think the Right has lost its rudder.

Posted by: oldPSUguy | March 11, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Three things that have never worked in D.C.

1-G.W. Bush
2-Republicans
3-Ethics

Ethics from the Group of Pediphiles who hide in mens bathrooms at airports.

Posted by: 1-20-09 | March 11, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

This is a waste of time. It is exactly what Americans are sick and tired of. Even if there was an investigation it would not lead to criminal charges so why bother. An investigation would be a colossal waste of taxpayer money. How can the House Republicans scream for an investigation that they must know will lead to nowhere and then turn around and complain about the federal deficit. Focus on the important matters facing this country not the political ones. I'm sick to death of this Republican/Democrat mudslinging.

Posted by: blackandred777 | March 11, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead, republicans, step into it deeper.

What odd priorities Mr. Boner has. I guess he's thoroughly embarrased after telling the world to watch Glenn Beck that most entertaining day.

Go suck on some corporate tube steak, Mr. Boner

Posted by: jfern03 | March 11, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

We'll be sure to get right to that, right after we prosecute the entire Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rove/Addington/Yoo administration for war crimes.

Boehner, you're a tool. BTW, shouldn't the probes into Congressman Craig and Senator Ensign be completed first?

Posted by: rcasero | March 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse


No political party has or ever will have a monopoly on good or bad behavior. After a scandal occurs it always is funny to watch the accused group claim “nothing to see here, just move along”, while the other side tries to direct as much attention to the event as possible. And you just know the roles will be reversed in the future. They understand that right? Surely that much history-based forward thinking isn’t beyond our political leaders?

If after Republican Foley resigned the Democrats still investigated him and how the complaints about him were handled, then it seems hypocritical to claim that Democrat Massa’s resignation ends this topic. Of course national politicians are so familiar with hypocrisy that they may not recognize it anymore. If you twist facts enough you can justify almost anything. (Including the ever popular Not Convicted = Innocent.) Perhaps the distinction here is that Foley engaged in under-aged tickling while Massa chased older victims. Completely different then. Move along, nothing to see here…


And WaPo - please do not use the phrase Massa Probe in headlines anymore.

Posted by: jfx1 | March 11, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Hold up health care. Hold up unemployment benefits. Hold up jobs bill. Hold up financial system reform. Reopen Massa ethics inquiry in order to embarrass Democrats. Yep! The Republicans have their priorities straight. Party first, welfare of the people last.

Posted by: Lefty_ | March 11, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I love it!!! Actually, if the roles were reversed and Pelosi was told in Oct that it was a Republican doing this stuff, she would have pursued it right then and there. If you're not worried why should you care? And please don't say it's b/c it's a waste of money. Now THAT would be a joke after all of the $$$ that has been spent already. (not including the date-nights, or the airplane photo-shoot, Pelosi flying her family around in the jet, or...I could go on and on)

Posted by: faircma | March 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

The Massa story brings up allegations of sexual harassment, a Democrat homosexual network of staffers and aides of Massa and Barney Frank, accusations of intimidations from White House staff Rahm Emanuel in the nude.

The Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi needs to call for an investigation and set the record straight for the American people. The American voters deserve a Congress that is above board and conducts business by some standards of human decency and acceptable ethics that are enforced with justice.

Posted by: klausdmk | March 11, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Where was all the outrage and investigation when Mark Foley was hitting on boys? So Massa was hitting on other men. Why is this a big deal to RePIGlicans?

Maybe because they want a report they can take to the bathrooms and jerk off to. Or at least so they can read it to each other as they engage in sex in public toilets.

GOP - GAY OLE PERVERTS.

Posted by: VeloStrummer | March 11, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

So, another homo surfaces in Washington. Big deal. He quit already. Get on with the business that really matters and stop behaving like a bunch of school kids.

Posted by: jimmykraktov | March 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

First the GOP (Geriatric Obstructionist Party) wanted to use Massa to smack the President about the health care vote. But, now that the Glenn Beck freak show blew-up in their faces, they want to take this new, wasteful tact. Sheesh. Grow up. Are they sure they want to go there? They, too, have a closet full.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 11, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"This is what the GOP would like to spend their time and effort with.

This....

How can you defend a group of such stupidity.. how?

Posted by: A-Voter | March 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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This is the same fiscally responsible group that spent $40 million to investigate a blow job.

Posted by: dcp26851 | March 11, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Heh! Look how desperate the GOP is try to get something... anything... against any Democrat.

Massa, the Fruit Loop, has RESIGNED. There is nothing that Congress can do to him anymore. Anything beyond this would be in the backyard of law enforcement.

The Republicans are pathetic- it was their boys Limbaugh and Beck who LOVED Massa... until they figured out that he was crazy and didn't provide them with any mud.

Posted by: losthorizon10 | March 11, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

So much for fiscal conservative bs they have been feeding us, just politics as usual, at taxpayer expense.

Posted by: sr31 | March 11, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

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This is what the GOP would like to spend their time and effort with.

This....

How can you defend a group of such stupidity.. how?

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Posted by: A-Voter | March 11, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

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