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Hoyer blasts Massa health-care claim

By Paul Kane
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) dismissed as "absurd" retired Rep. Eric Massa's (D-N.Y.) claim that his resignation -- offered amid an investigation into charges that he sexually harassed younger male staffers -- was also forced as an effort to boost the chances of passing President Obama's health-care legislation.

"That's absurd," Hoyer said Tuesday during his weekly gathering with reporters, adding that the claim was "absolutely untrue."

Hoyer, in the most detailed public description of his knowledge of the matter so far, said that he helped spark the ethics investigation into Massa's conduct when one of the freshman lawmaker's aides called an aide in Hoyer's leadership office to relay their concerns. "The issues being raised sounded serious," he said, explaining his demand that Massa's staff take the matter to the ethics committee.

Hoyer declined to specify the details of the allegations against Massa. Massa said in a local radio interview Sunday night that the investigation was started after a single inappropriate remark he made to a junior aide during a wedding reception two months ago. The majority leader would not say whether there were more allegations, claiming only to know "some" of the accusations "but not the details."

Massa resigned from office at 5 p.m. Monday, and his former aides on Tuesday morning were answering phones by saying "Office of the 29th District." When a lawmaker resigns or dies midterm, the House institution takes over the office to ensure a functioning staff is in place to perform constituent services and other basic congressional duties.

Massa's resignation came after a 90-minute appearance on a local radio station Sunday night in which he made the accusations against Hoyer and the White House that the existence of the ethics investigation was leaked in order to force him to immediately retire. He is the planned guest for a full hour at 5 p.m. Tuesday on conservative host Glenn Beck's talk show on Fox News Channel and again on CNN's Larry King Live at 9 p.m.

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Well I guess we can't let the Republican party lay claim to all of the conspiracy theorists.

What was hilarious yesterday was watching Glenn Beck try to wring something of substance out of his guest. Massa made Beck look like the sane one and that IS an accomplishment.

Posted by: MaggiePi | March 10, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Believing Hoyer, Obama, Pelosi , Reid.... if you do... you must think Obama will get you a new kitchen

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Posted by: naitkonlyyou | March 9, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Thee creeps all get new Cadishelacs built by socialist creeps on Uncle Sams dime. Screw You!

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

Believing Hoyer, Obama, Pelosi , Reid.... if you do... you must think Obama will get you a new kitchen

Posted by: Obama_TRAITOR_in_Chief | March 9, 2010 8:30 PM | Report abuse

As we witness the Democrats implosion, I wonder what the titles of the books that Speaker Pelosi and Senator Reid will write are going to be. Speaker Pelosi might title hers "It was his fault!". Senator Reid's might be "I told her this might happen".

Posted by: bobbo2 | March 9, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Typical Obama's Chicago tactic. Get in his way, watch out your skeleton closet!

Obama is pressing to pass Obamacare at any cost!

Posted by: read5 | March 9, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Having this pervert so close to the w/h is not to the best interest of the country.This can be 'open season' of ridicule to the highest office of the Republic.Rahm gotta to go or accept 'gashing of tongues'.

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Having this pervert so close to the w/h is not to the best interest of the country.This can be 'open season' of ridicule to the highest office of the Republic.Rahm gotta to go or accept 'gashing of tongues'.

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Having this pervert so close inside to the w/h is discred. and can cause irrepute to the highest office of the Republic.Fire him or bring the prez. to 'open season' of redicule by all and sundries.

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Call it whatever but this heal/bill is simply a doomed HINDENBERG h/p

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

well hitler had a healthcare look what happen there . you had to wait years to see a dr . if you were bad sick then you die . i guess that is 1 way to eliminate a lot of people . p. loose and bama will kill to pass their health.care . so tell me what you think of it in a yr, or 2 . if you are allowed to talk about it

Posted by: mahye1935 | March 9, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Why would forcing him out help them? What they'd want is his YES vote, no?

Posted by: Jose5 | March 9, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Another one comes out of the closet. He is gone "GOOD". We don't need any want to be a repub.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | March 9, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Odd that this terrible perv wasn't one until Obamacare pressure began.

Guess we should get rid of anyone covering up for Massa all these years.

HMMM HMMM HMMM bye bye Pelosi.
Can't have it both ways. kids.


Someone is a liar.

Must not be Massa.

Posted by: dottydo | March 9, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, zuzu, for that good information!

Though I suspect sanmateo was being, as they say, "disingenuous" in his criticism that this reform is bad because it takes too long, when, if left up to the conservatives it wouldn't happen until... never.

Posted by: bowmanrand1 | March 9, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

agree with most of you who are in favor of passing the health-reform bill. Let's get it on the books, then amend it, add to it, subtract from it, or whatever it takes to fine-tune it. THAT'S WHAT WE DO WITH ALL THE OTHER BILLS--AND WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO START WITH!

I don't mean we have to start another debate--before we have anything to go on, which is what our wonderful incumbent politicians in the House and Senate are doing.

Our incumbents in the House and Senate, Republican and Democrats alike, are so much owned by big business and special interest groups that they no longer represent the true voters who elected them!

I think that it's time to clean house--not the White House, but the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. WE NEED SOME TRUE REPRESENTATION, SOME TRUE PLANNERS AND POLICY MAKERS, AND SOME TRUE ACHIEVERS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

Posted by: bwshook1 | March 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

________________________________________

I agree with you bwshook1...but it's the same old song and dance (now) generations of Americans have dealt with. It seems to never end. Presidents going back several decades repeat the call for special interests to back away from the legislative process, but it never happens.

Obama may have come in with great intentions (as Clinton, and Carter before him), but it seems Democrats get as immersed as Rethuglicans to this end.

It just goes on and on and on...

Posted by: dc1020008 | March 9, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

“But we have to pass the [health care reform] bill so that you can find out what is in it"

Nancy Pelosi / March 9, 2010

Posted by: JAH3 | March 9, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm having difficulty determining what the rules for Dems are in the Pelosi/Hoyer freak show.

Murtha was a criminal yet they covered up for him. Rangel is a criminal yet they covered him up until there was some dissension in the Dem ranks. Massa - thrown to the wolves.

Can't be race. Maybe it's age? Maybe it's the no vote on Obamacare?

Hard to have ethics in Congress if there are no rules.

Posted by: bandmom22 | March 9, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Massa is right, anyone can see Emmanuel is the perv.

Posted by: smc635 | March 9, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Well sanmateo1850, here are a few examples of health care reforms that will help those in need IMMEDIATELY:

1. BEGINS TO CLOSE THE MEDICARE PART D DONUT HOLE - Reduces the donut hole by $500 and institutes a 50% discount on brand-name drugs.

2. IMMEDIATE HELP FOR THE UNINSURED UNTIL EXCHANGE IS AVAILABLE (INTERIM HIGH-RISK POLL) - Creates a temporary insurance program until the Exchange is available for individuals who have been uninsured for several months or have been denied a policy because of pre-existing conditions.

3. BANS LIFETIME LIMITS ON COVERAGE - Prohibits health insurance companies from placing lifetime caps on coverage.

4. ENDS RESCISSIONS - Prohibits insurers from nullifying or rescinding a patient's policy when they file a claim for benefits, except in the case of fraud.

5. EXTENDS COVERAGE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE UP TO 27TH BIRTHDAY THROUGH PARENT'S INSURANCE - Requires health plans to allow young people through age 26 to remain n their parents' insurance policy, at the parents' choice.

6. ELIMINATES COST-SHARING FOR PREVENTATIVE SERVICES IN MEDICARE - Eliminates co-payments for preventative services and exempts preventative services from deductibles from the Medicare program.

7. IMPROVES HELP FOR LOW-INCOME MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES - Improves the low-income protection programs in Medicare to assure more individuals are able to access this vital help.

8. PROVIDES NEW CONSUMER PROTECTIONS IN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE - Prohibits Medicare Advantage plans from charging enrollees higher cost-sharing for services in their private plan than what is charged in traditional Medicare.

9. IMMEDIATE SUNSHINE ON PRICE GOUGING - Discourages excessive price increases by insurance companies through review and disclosure of insurance rate increases.

10. CONTINUITY FOR DISPLACED WORKERS - Allows Americans to keep their COBRA coverage until the Exchange is in place and they can access affordable coverage.

11. CREATES NEW, VOLUNTARY, PUBLIC LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM - Creates a long-term care insurance program to be financed by voluntary payroll deductions to provide benefits to adults who become functionally disabled.

12. HELP FOR EARLY RETIREES - Creates a $10 billion fund to finance a temporary reinsurance program to help offset the costs of expensive health claims for employers that provide health benefits for retirees age 55-64.

13. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS - Increases funding for Community Health Centers to allow for a doubling of the number of patients seen by the centers over the next 5 years.

14. INCREASING NUMBER OF PRIMARY CARE DOCTORS - Provides new investment in training programs to increase the number of primary doctors, nurses, and public health professionals.

Posted by: zuzu2 | March 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I agree with most of you who are in favor of passing the health-reform bill. Let's get it on the books, then amend it, add to it, subtract from it, or whatever it takes to fine-tune it. THAT'S WHAT WE DO WITH ALL THE OTHER BILLS--AND WE HAVE TO HAVE SOMETHING TO START WITH!

I don't mean we have to start another debate--before we have anything to go on, which is what our wonderful incumbent politicians in the House and Senate are doing.

Our incumbents in the House and Senate, Republican and Democrats alike, are so much owned by big business and special interest groups that they no longer represent the true voters who elected them!

I think that it's time to clean house--not the White House, but the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. WE NEED SOME TRUE REPRESENTATION, SOME TRUE PLANNERS AND POLICY MAKERS, AND SOME TRUE ACHIEVERS IN THE HOUSE AND SENATE. MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

Posted by: bwshook1 | March 9, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Our founding fathers are rolling over in their graves.

Posted by: jabsemp | March 9, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Nonsense. That's exactly why Democratic leadership abandoned Massa from the get-go. Health care legislature is turning into the ugliest exercise in modern history. It's Seinfeld Bizzaroworld come to life; what's wrong is portrayed right, what's right is scoffed off as wrong.

Posted by: ecrutle | March 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, right, I really believe Hoyer.
Nope, he's as dishonest as Pelosi, Odumbo, Gibbs, Reid, and the rest of the slugs who have hijacked the party.
What lowlife pieces of feces.

Posted by: LarryG62 | March 9, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Screw all of the side shows like this. Time to get the people's work done.

Shame that some people just look for blood. Blood sport. Real fun for losers.

Let's get insurance reform done. If it needs fine tuning, we will do it later. The personal stories of distress are continuing because deregulation has gotten us where we are today.

Posted by: pcc7407 | March 9, 2010 2:24 PM
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You know what I find terribly amusing about anyone who supports this bill is that even if the bill is passed, the millions of americans who desperately need healthcare TODAY still won't have it. They will have to wait for 4 years before they will be able to get "affordable" treatment. Is that something you are really voting for? What will these people do for 4 years? Sit and wait while their illness gets worse. Cancer eating them alive! Why does it take so long for Obama's plan to take affect? Too bad many of the people Obama is "helping" with this bill will be dead before they can get any real change! Nice work Demcrats, keep up the good job! LOL, what a joke!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 9, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Massa's accusations should probably come under the heading "the best defense is a good offense" as he tries to deflect negative publicity by blaming others and accusing them of some kind of conspiracy. And the fact that some conservatives have embraced a liberal New York Democrat only serves as more proof that they will embrace anyone and anything that might cast a negative light on the Obama Administration. Massa's alleged behavior isn't another example of the unethical behavior of Democrats. Unfortunately there are numerous recent examples of politicians of all persuasions who fall into the trap of believing that their wealth, fame, and/or power somehow makes them exempt from normal rules of ethical conduct. Any Republicans who think that only Democrats are guilty of poor behavior either have very poor memories or they are integrity-challenged.

Posted by: dritchie57 | March 9, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Seems to me that Massa is either guilty of some sort of behavior way beneath the dignity of a member of Congress, or a coward, unwilling to to stand for what he knows is right and true. Either way, good riddance. That's not who we want in Congress.

Posted by: bprjunkmail | March 9, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The reason Massa voted NO on healthcare was because he thought it should be a single payer plan. How will the republican's spin that?

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 9, 2010 2:31 PM

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It is really easy actually. Lets try a few:

1. Even Democrats do not support Obama's healthcare reform bill.
2. Obama cant even gain support from his own party for the reformed bill.
3. The Democrats are imploding under the weight of their unjustified elitism.
4. Obama hates the gays
5. Obama forces out anyone in his party who doesn't toe the line.
6. Obama - thug politics as usual.

See it is easy. And I am not even a reporter. LOL!!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 9, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Retired Navy man Massa as Glen Beck guest:

The Massa Mutiny Interview

Capt. Massa:

Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them. They laughed at me and made jokes but I proved beyond the shadow of a doubt and with... geometric logic...

Glen Beck:

That a duplicate key to Al Gore's Lockbox DID exist, and you'd have produced that key if they hadn't of pulled you out of action?

Capt. Massa:
I, I, I know now they were only trying to protect some fellow democrats...

Glen Beck:

Are the Doctors right? Resurgent cancer? Do the following symptoms exist in your behavior? Rigidity of personality, feelings of persecution, unreasonable suspicion, a mania for perfection, and a neurotic certainty that you are always in the right. Isn't there one psychiatric term for this illness?

Capt. Massa:

I never said there was any illness.

Posted by: thealaskan | March 9, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

This last post about the shower is great. just shows how people with too much time on their hands can just let the imagination run wild. Next it will be flying saucer rides or God knows what. Some people just get their jollies by hating everything they can. What a waste of time.

Posted by: pcc7407 | March 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Please explain to me what the Chief of Staff is doing hanging out in an area reserved for Congressmen. What is Rahm doing confronting a Congressmen while nude in the shower? And please explain to me why the Congressmen must shower without shower doors or curtains. Pardon me but my eye makeup is running and find it hard to write. I knew these liberal Dems were a little off center but there seems to be truth to the fact, they will go to all lengths to get their agenda even if no one wants it but themselves. They will even hang out in showers to confront those who might just not see it their way.
All we need to do is sit back and watch these Democrats implode. I must say, it sure is entertaining. No one could make this up if they tried.

Posted by: greatgran1 | March 9, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

It is easy to imagine the leadership of the Congress and / or the Administration using whatever tactics they can to ram a healthcare bill the American people do not want into law.

Every day, the American people get more and more fed up with Obama and the Congress. Obama and Congress are going to make what ever backroom deal and special interest payoff they have to in order to ram through a healthcare bill the American people do not want. Obama lied to the American people about transparency and bipartisanship. He rebuffed an organization like C-SPAN who just wanted to make the process TRANSPARENT to the American people. It is time to VOTE THEM OUT!!!

Posted by: AngryMobVoter | March 9, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

The reason Massa voted NO on healthcare was because he thought it should be a single payer plan. How will the republican's spin that?

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 9, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

No, Schott-brain, Barney Frank is probably the most intelligent and articulate member of the House. If you weren't such a brainwashed tool and had spent more than 5 seconds watching Ben Gleck sound bites you'd know that. Massa has been and always will be a creep and a stupid one at that.

Posted by: joebanks | March 9, 2010 2:11 PM

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What party was Massa part of again? The Democrats? I am going to now extrapolate your comments about Massa as a data point to prove the validity of my next statement.

Everyone knows that Democrats "always will be .. creep[s] and ... stupid one[s] at that..." according to a leading washington insider.

See I can write just like all of the newspapers out there! Too bad I have ethical standards and wish to report news and not some twisted story about the "party of No"! LOL!!

But Massa is just another example of how unethical and corrupt the Democrats are. I think this is just another layer of the onion being peeled back. We shall soon see the Democrats implod as they run to protect themselves in the coming elections! LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 9, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Screw all of the side shows like this. Time to get the people's work done.

Shame that some people just look for blood. Blood sport. Real fun for losers.

Let's get insurance reform done. If it needs fine tuning, we will do it later. The personal stories of distress are continuing because deregulation has gotten us where we are today.

Posted by: pcc7407 | March 9, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I really enjoy it when people who spew hatefulness at homosexuals get caught exploring what others deem to be homosexual activity. Homosexuality is a fact of life and homosexuals have been pillars of our communities for longer than you think. People who are not homosexual do have homosexual relatives, some of whom they may know. Anti homosexual laws and verbiage are self destructive. I hope that Massa has a very trying time as he dances around with foolish explanations for his attraction to males, naked and otherwise. Anti gay rhetoric has joined the other mouthings that are part of American history; there are the racist, sexist and xenophobic rhetoric that have been here at least as long as the passengers of the Mayflower. It too, will get ushered to the darker small corners of this continent as soon as we are able to improve our system of public education. Meanwhile Mr Massa can try prayer and meditation as he tries to rid himself of his curse. It is said to have worked for homosexual clergy.

Posted by: Draesop | March 9, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The full story should come out eventually. And when it does, some conservatives may regret embracing Eric Massa.
Posted by: omaarsblade
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Who gives a crap. As far as I am concerned they can have the creep.
Posted by: lcarter0311

Yet Barney Frank is NOT a creep, eh loser?
Posted by the disgusting pigwhistle: cschotta1
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No, Schott-brain, Barney Frank is probably the most intelligent and articulate member of the House. If you weren't such a brainwashed tool and had spent more than 5 seconds watching Ben Gleck sound bites you'd know that. Massa has been and always will be a creep and a stupid one at that.

Posted by: joebanks | March 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

WHOOPDIE-DOO! - MASSA actually wanted More included in Health Reform,- Not Less!! In other words just the opposite of what the Republican $Corporatists wnat to $push upon the People! -- And for Steny Hoyer,- He has already proven to also be a $Corporate / $BANKster Crony!- In 2007,- Hoyer helped Destroy the SBESTOS TRUST FUND! Thousands of U.S. Citizens still Suffering from Asbestosis caused from Negligent Asbestos using $Corporations. - Hoyer pretended to be for the Hurting Citizen,-- but in actuality He worked to defeat the just and deserved ASBESTOSIS FUND. Hoyer helped to let the Negligent Deadly Asbestsos Companies go scot-Free, and to file Bankruptcy,- instead of $PAYING FOR THEIR' NEGLIGENCE!! -- So this article is silly;--- Massa is more Leftist than OBAMA! - And Steny HOYER is definately a tooo-Big $Corporate / $BANKster Crony!! - Hoyer has proven that He Is anti-CITIZEN,-- and pro-Special-Interest!!!

Posted by: jward52 | March 9, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

If a political party tried to force representatives out of office because of a vote, they wouldn't have a majority for long. Personally, I think that Massa is suffering from a combination of attention-seeking and bitterness over the ethics complaints.

Posted by: maggots | March 9, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

screwjob11

Probably

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

Forget that Rep. Massa is now on his third reason for leaving office and the last reason is the most absurd. Why? Massa claims that because he voted against the Obama Healthcare Bill last year the Democrats are out to get him. This reason is absolutely absurd. Why you ask? Because 36 Democrats in the House voted against this bill and the other 35 Dems are doing just fine. The Democratic leadership is not doing a thing about them. So why Massa then, why one out of a total of 36 who voted no to the bill? Because he's simply not telling the truth...period.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | March 9, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

yeah it would really be nice if we could have another "president" like bush who only told the truth. No, he didn't lie about Iraq and a million other things and every single time he openend his mouth. Noooh, not at all. he said weapons of mass destruction, and to be fair we did find a single man with a gun and a sword. Only took the mightiest army on the planet and trillions of dollars to get that one man, but obviously worth it in the repuke world. After all, he was a very bad man, and he could have come after any of us with that sword and gun.
Repukes are the single most astounding species on the planet. Guess I can't blame 'em too much tho. They're drunk on kool aid and red meat, and too lazy and dumb to think so they pay people like rush the liar millions upon millions to tell them what should be in their tiny brains. Ever wonder why there are 9 million repuke pundits on radio and 3 dems? It's because we do our own thinking instead of asking rush, bill, sean et all what to believe. Some people are so dumb they should be in the guiness book. mindless sheep.

Posted by: red2million | March 9, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse


Is every Democrat congressman either a corrupt thief or a homosexual predator?

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 9, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

At least Democrats confronted their gay predators unlike Hassert with Rep. Foley.

Posted by: coloradodog | March 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

If this beauzeau didn't exist, Comedy Central would have to invent him. Suggestive advances toward a staff aide, claims of being victimized out of office, followed by an interview with the New York Times claiming that a naked Rahm Emanuel stood before him in the shower jabbing him in the chest. telling him to vote with the Prez on health care. "It's hard to argue with a naked man,' said Massa. (Especially if you want to have sex with him at the same time!)

Posted by: cbl55 | March 9, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

The one thing you can count on is that if a greasy Obozzo administration sleazeball troll says he wasn't pushed out then he wasn't. After all; what else has Obozzo lied to use about. Oh, that's right; pretty much every teleprompter induced word that comes from his mouth is a lie.

Posted by: Bcamp55 | March 9, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Very little is being said about costs. See the CBO report release last Friday and you see that Obama has severely underestimated his projection on the 10 year deficit.The projection did not even include the cost of this awful health care bill.

Posted by: farmsnorton | March 9, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I just looked into his background...Naval Officer, Academy graduate, staff officer, born in South Carolina (something in the water in that state.) There was nothing in his background to suggest he would just quit all of a sudden, accepting blame for his irresponible behavior. There's a lot more 'behind' the scene here. If Malkin says 'don't trust him,' maybe, just maybe there's more to the story.

Posted by: review001 | March 9, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Watch 5pm Glen Beck perhaps the whole story will come out. I would like to hear what this guy has to say.

Posted by: tropicgirl | March 9, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

omaarsblade ~ a word to the wise, when the discussion is about "nekkid guys" I wouldn't trust Malkin or Goldburg further than I could see them.

Believe me, they are INEXPERIENCED in barracks or berthing compartment lifestyles.

Rahm is ~ and there's a type (who may or may not be homosexuals) who really do use their "nekkidness" to harrass, intimidate and bully others.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

If rahm is a deemed 'exhibitionist' he can discredit and corrupt the highest office of the Republic.Give him the pink slip before this escalates in other improprities.

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Conservatives are hardly embracing Massa.

Fur Shur we are all having a great laugh ~ this guy is a regular riot.

I can hardly wait until we get to the part where you have Stenny Hoyer telling us Rahm has such and such a mark on his testicles and Massa says he doesn't.

Posted by: muawiyah | March 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This scandalous behav. of rahm accused by one of his dem.coll. is sending faux pas and disresp. the office of the w/h.Should he be so close to the prez?Let's hope he does not act out his 'bare naked tantrums' in front of the prez.Btw, he should be fired -he is tooooo drunk with 'power'

Posted by: somers91 | March 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

The full story should come out eventually. And when it does, some conservatives may regret embracing Eric Massa.
Posted by: omaarsblade

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Who gives a crap. As far as I am concerned they can have the creep.

Posted by: lcarter0311

Yet Barney Frank is NOT a creep, eh loser?

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 9, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Massa did have a thing for members of congressmen.

Posted by: NAuchi | March 9, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

The sound of the democRAT party imploding is such a beautiful thing!

Posted by: cschotta1 | March 9, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

The full story should come out eventually. And when it does, some conservatives may regret embracing Eric Massa.
Posted by: omaarsblade

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Who gives a crap. As far as I am concerned they can have the creep.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 9, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Why does Massa's argument's always involves talk of male sexuual advances towards other males, i.e., inappropriate remarks he made towards a male staffer, inappropriate remarks he made about he and Rahm Emanuel being in the shower together.

It seems that Massa is obsessed with the male anatomy and is now making up lies to hide his true sexuality.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | March 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Reliable sources on Capitol Hill say the House ethics report on Eric Massa will be damning. Obamacare opponents, like Glenn Beck, might want to think twice before indulging Massa and letting this Democratic creep become the posterboy of Obamacare opposition.

It was already self-evident that Eric Massa's story didn't add up. As Jonah Goldberg notes, it doesn't pass the smell test: If Massa admits he "tousled" the hair of a male staffer and told the staffer he ought to be "fracking" him, the whole story is probably much, much worse. And as Michelle Malkin says, "Don’t trust Democrat Rep. Eric Massa any further than you can throw him."

The Atlantic's Chris Good points out that Massa's timeline doesn't make any sense, either. When the story broke about Massa's ethics violations, it would neither have helped nor hurt Democrats to have him in office as a committed "no" vote:

When news broke last Wednesday that Massa would finish out his term without seeking reelection, that he faced these allegations, and that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer knew about them, the number of votes needed to pass health care reform was 216.

The next day, that number changed: Thursday afternoon, Republican Rep. Nathan Deal (GA) announced he would postpone his own retirement and stay in Congress long enough to vote "no" on health care. At that point, with another sitting lawmaker available for a vote, the magic number increased to 217.

Only after that point did it become beneficial, in theory, for Democratic leaders to force Massa out. The next day, Friday, Massa said he would resign effective the following Monday (today), and the number went back down to 216, helping Democratic leaders.

So Massa's staffer brought the issue to the attention of Steny Hoyer weeks ago, and the story leaked at a time when it didn't help the Democrats' health care vote one way or the other to have him in office. And Massa has changed his story--at first he said he was retiring because of health reasons, and then he resigned because he said Rahm Emanuel was out to get him. If the ethics charges are trumped up, why didn't Massa stay in the House another month to vote against health care?

Perhaps the answer is that Massa thought he might scuttle the House ethics investigation if he resigned. Traditionally, when a member resigns, the House Ethics Committee loses jurisdiction over that member. But Massa's case involves another congressional staffer, so the ethics committee will likely produce a report anyway, just as it did in Mark Foley's scandal with congressional pages.

The full story should come out eventually. And when it does, some conservatives may regret embracing Eric Massa.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 9, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I have to wonder why, if the attacks on Massa were scurrilous, did he feel he had to resign?

Posted by: Bluefish2012 | March 9, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Democrats try to block FREEDOM OF SPEECH thru LYING

SENATE WARNS EMPLOYEES TO AVOID THE DRUDGE REPORT
Tue Mar 09 2010 08:53:37 ET

Just as the healthcare drama in the capitol reaches a grand finale, congressional officials are warning employees to avoid the DRUDGE REPORT!

The Senate's Committee on Environment and Public Works issued an urgent email late Monday claiming the DRUDGE REPORT is 'responsible for the many viruses popping up throughout the Senate.'

The committee ordered hill staff: 'Try to avoid' the DRUDGE REPORT 'for now'.

On Monday DRUDGE served over 29 million pages with NOT ONE email complaint received about 'pop ups', or the site serving 'viruses'.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | March 9, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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