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Massa says he was forced out so that Democrats can pass health care

Updated 5:10 p.m.
By Paul Kane
Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) prepared to resign his House seat Monday afternoon but not before lobbing a series of unsubstantiated accusations, including that the White House and House leaders conspired to force his resignation in order to boost the chances of passing a health-care bill.

Saying that he refused to go "quietly into the evening," Massa told radio listeners in southern New York on Sunday that he was the victim of a "set-up." The freshman Democrat has long opposed the health-care bill that his party's leaders want to see passed -- on the basis of it being not liberal enough -- and he said Sunday that his ouster would lower the number of "yes" votes that Democrats need.

Democrats rejected Massa's charges as having no basis in reality. "That's completely false. There is zero merit to that accusation," said Katie Grant, spokeswoman for House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.).

And Democrats pointed to Massa's statements Friday that he is fleeing Congress in an effort to avoid an investigation by the House ethics committee, which is examining allegations that Massa sexually harassed junior male staff.

Massa also agreed to join Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck for an hour on Tuesday -- an unusual booking, given Massa's liberal politics and Beck's conservative populism. But Massa's criticism of what he now calls the "stop-at-nothing" effort to pass health-care legislation will play well with Beck's audience.

Beck promoted the appearance by tweeting, "I just spoke with him off air. All Americans need to hear him."

Massa will also appear later Tuesday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

His departure will effectively lower the number of votes that Hoyer and Democratic leaders need to corral for passing the legislation. Two members have resigned -- former representatives Neil Abercrombie (D), who is running for Hawaii governor, and Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), who took a think-tank position -- and John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) died last month.

Without Massa, there will now be just 431 members of the House, lowering the number of votes for a majority to 216. If Massa were still in office, a majority would require 217 votes.

The House is slated to consider a Senate version of the health-care bill later this month. If all Democrats voted as they did in the November vote on health care, Democratic leaders would have precisely 216 votes. Of course, dozens of lawmakers are considering switching their votes, -- with some "no" votes now considering approving the measure, and some "yes" votes considering going into the "no" column -- so Massa is working with inexact science in declaring Sunday that his vote is the "deciding" factor for the legislation.

At times screaming and other times quietly emotional in his last weekly radio show as a congressman, Massa, an ex-Navy commander, also:

• denied being gay but gave detailed accounts of several instances of what he called "grossly obscene" behavior with other members of the Navy;

• accused Hoyer of lying about his knowledge of the ethics investigation;

• said White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was the "devil's spawn," who once confronted him naked in the shower of the House gym; and

• admitted to another minor ethics violation regarding fund-raising efforts.

But the theme Massa stuck to, repeatedly, was how he was in a Kafkaesque struggle against greater forces, and how he had been used as a pawn to maneuver the health-care bill toward final passage. Here's how he ended a 25-minute introduction to the 90-minute show:

"This is what the country does to their elected leaders? You have my apology and you have my resignation, because I'm a human being, but I will not go quietly into the evening. I will not be ashamed of my actions, other than the fact that I used inappropriate, verbal -- v-e-r-b-a-l -- language," Massa said.

"And I was set up for this from the very, very beginning. If you think that somehow they didn't come after me to get rid of me because my vote is the deciding vote on the health-care bill, then, ladies and gentlemen, you live today in a world that is so innocent as to not understand what is going on in Washington, D.C.," he added.

Since announcing Wednesday his plan to not run for reelection this fall, Massa has been at the center of an increasingly odd political sideshow.

He initially cited a recurrence of cancer for his decision, but later admitted that his staff had been interviewed by the ethics committee about the harassment allegations. He denied any wrongdoing, admitting only to using "salty language" around younger staff.

He then announced Friday that he would resign at the end of the day Monday. At times during his Sunday radio show, he suggested he might return to Congress as an independent, but his chief of staff told Roll Call on Monday that the office is closing immediately.

Massa said he has had to deny being gay since reports filtered out, first on Politico.com and then into broader media, about the nature of his departure from Congress.

"Ask my wife, I think she can answer that question," he said on the radio show, "but I have gay staff members. I make no bones about it. I love many of them like sons, in fact, I love some of them like brothers. And, yes, I use the word love because I'm a human being."

He also, for the first time, gave a detailed account of at least one incident that led to the ethics investigation, coming toward the end of a staffer's wedding reception held on New Year's Eve. He bragged about dancing with the bride and a bridesmaid, after his wife had gone to their hotel room because of the flu, and then he returned to a table where his aides had gathered.

"One of them looked at me and as they would do after, I don't know, 15 gin and tonics, and goodness only knows how many bottles of champagne, a staff member made an intonation to me that maybe I should be chasing after the bridesmaid. And his points were clear and his words were far more colorful than that. And I grabbed the staff member sitting next to me and said, 'Well, what I really ought to be doing is fracking you.' And then [I] tousled the guy's hair and left, went to my room, because I knew the party was getting to a point where it wasn't right for me to be there," he said.

That incident led to a complaint from a different staffer who felt "uncomfortable" about the remark, he said.

In a detailed statement last week, Hoyer said he first heard complaints in early February of Massa's behavior toward male staff and demanded that someone from Massa's office contact the ethics committee. Hoyer has declined to comment on the precise nature of the allegations.

Massa also addressed his record in the Navy. In the 1990s, while at sea, he found his bunk mate in the middle of an intimate act. "The other gentlemen was busy remembering his wife; I'll let your imaginations run wild. And I walked in and, instead of embarrassing him, I smacked him on the leg and said, 'You need any help with that, let me know.' And I went to bed. He was so hideously embarrassed, he moved out of the stateroom," he said.

Massa also described "grossly obscene," lewd acts that he and other newcomers to the USS New Jersey had to engage in during 1983 as their ship crossed the equator. But he said this was part of the culture of the Navy in that era, before "political correctness" had set in.

His worst offense, Massa explained, was his repeated use of bad language, something that he and Emanuel have in common. After he opposed climate change legislation last June, Massa received a foul-mouthed tirade from the White House chief of staff.

"He started swearing at me in terms and words that I hadn't heard since that crossing-the-line ceremony on the USS New Jersey in 1983," Mass said, "and I gave it right back to him in terms and words that I know are physically impossible. I told him to do things that the human anatomy cannot do."

By Paul Kane  |  March 8, 2010; 4:54 PM ET
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TELL MASSA TO GO HOME AND GET HIS SHINE BOX! FUGAZZI!

Posted by: Bruno99 | March 9, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

comments made by patrick8 on March 8th 2010,make a lot of sense.. is anyone listening???

Posted by: jeanlovegrove | March 9, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Why is he dragging this out? It will end with Massa admitting he is a conflicted gay man.

Posted by: query0 | March 9, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

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? 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 he is 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 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Massa is just like his In the Closet Comrades, Republicans Mark Foley, Roy Ashburn and Larry Craig.

He's Caught, Embarassed and outted.

He can Blame Mother Theresa at this Point, it still doesn't matetr.

His Play on the Reason's why are Hollow, The Man He was Coming Onto Outted him, the Man who Spurned his Advances Outted him.

He can Blame Rahm Emmanuel and the Obama Administration, All year Long.

He's a Caught Red Handed Closeted Homosexual.

His Voted is [Not] a Major Factor in this Process, But I Guess Any Ole Excuse will Do for this Low Life.

Posted by: omaarsblade | March 8, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Today is International Women's Day. Nobody seems to notice with this health care reform's yellow fever.

Posted by: aepelbaum | March 8, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, Rep. Massa. I had no idea you were that important. were the CIA, FBI and NBA in on this conspiracy, too?

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Nah... Just the Commissioner of Major League Baseball. Turns out he only had implied, spoken consent to pass on an account of a Nats-Mets game last year.

(Apps to the writers of "The Simpsons".)

Posted by: mason08 | March 8, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

The Democrats are funny. Thank god they're not in charge of anything important...oh... wait.

Dang. The country is so screwed.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | March 8, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm just dieing to here Obama say "Massa"

Posted by: dashriprock | March 8, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to hear of Rham's threatening of Massa. What a thug! Vote yes or else!

9 more days till the vote. VOTE NO!

Sink that crappy bill and start over without all the special backroom deals, and without abortion. And how about televising it on C-span so that we can chapparone those that supposedly represent us.

Posted by: JBfromFL | March 8, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to hear of Rham's threatening of Massa. What a thug! Vote yes or else!

9 more days till the vote. VOTE NO!

Sink that crappy bill and start over without all the special backroom deals, and without abortion. And how about televising it on C-span so that we can chapparone those that supposedly represent us.

Posted by: JBfromFL | March 8, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Goodness, Rep. Massa. I had no idea you were that important. were the CIA, FBI and NBA in on this conspiracy, too? It would figure.
Anyway, thank you for your dedicated and patriotic, selfless service to your country.
And one more thing, you moldy cheesehead, apologive to Rham Emmanuel's mother. "Devil's spawn," indeed.
We knew you were a dim-witted hothead, with zero-class, but insulting a man's mother? Well, you belong on Fox.

Posted by: jmf3210 | March 8, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

If Massa is against the Marxist takeover of America I do not care if he is gay,straight,Black,White,or Other,he is welcome to join American Patriots in carrying forward the Banner Of The Founding Fathers in their vision of America and help us defeat this "transformation" of America by the Socialists/Marxists/Communists .

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

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Fighting for truth, justice, and the American way - just like Superman!

Posted by: maggots | March 8, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

The guy's a huge f@g. So long, f@g!

Posted by: bendan2000 | March 8, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

I know that many Representatives do not always agree with the leadership (Democratic or GOP). They do not resign their seats very often. Rep. Massa's statements do not hold much water. If he is held in such high regard, he should not resign. If he has an "issue" that argues for his resignation, he should leave quietly. He is clearly not being forced out over health care, and he must think us incredibly naive to make such a stupid claim.

Posted by: karlanne1 | March 8, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

Obama forced him out?

What about the people's representative?

Guess it is clear who they are working for.

Obama is facing impeachment when new "representatives" fill the seats of the corrupt, and all things he signed will repeal and void , with the eithic force open of his hidden history.

Yawn.... 4 more are supposedly going to announce this week.

Posted by: dottydo | March 8, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

How can a Congressman be "forced out"? You can't make someone resign. It is his choice unless he is impeached, which would certainly not be before healthcare is either passed or fails. And just because he said he is going to resign doesn't mean he has to. This is just ridiculous.

Posted by: concerned1231 | March 8, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

Massa is a lying psychopath, so it's no surprise that he and Glenn Beck would find common ground.

Posted by: BwanaDik | March 8, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

He didn't get pushed out! What is wrong with you people. The man has skeletons in the closet. As a matter of fact he is stepping down because he doesn't want to be investigated. I think they should investigate all the congressman to find out who is actually working for the American people or taking bribes(euphemism for lobbying) from corporations. Our way of government may be better than others but it certainly leaves a lot to be desired. Bring on term limits for all of Congress. No more lifers and cut their benefits too. No special health insurance plans for them. They get catastrophic care just like the rest of us.

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Posted by: titkonlyyou | March 8, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Massa gets pushed out, because of his NO vote on Obamacare on the pretext of his corruption, despite the fact that the congress is filled with members of his own party who are far, far more corrupt.

How conveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenient and how ideologically purging, but what else could Massa expect from a party driven to reach it's ideological utopia by hook or by crook, a party that feels entitled to foist it’s socialist ideology on an unwilling American public, a party that feels entitled to contend that every dollar every American makes already belongs to government to be used to further Social Democrat ideological ambitions?

Duh.

Posted by: RUKidding0 | March 8, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

I hope he was forced out. We don't need the scandal. And it means that Obama is starting to flex some muscle. Pass the bill.

Posted by: Keesvan | March 8, 2010 8:04 PM

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Only from a Democrat would you see a post like this. LOL!! Who cares about democracy, just shove healthcare reform down the throats of americans. It would be nice if Obama listened to US and not the lobbyists for a change. Only about 25% of americans want this bill. 75% want something different or nothing at all.

For a president who said that the citizens voice will be the loudest in washington he sure is tone def!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 8, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

OF COURSE THE DEMS WILL DENY ANY TRUTH TO THE ALLEGATIONS. WHAT, THEY SHOULD SAY HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH AND WE ARE A BUNCH OF DIRTBAGS.
OF COURSE THE BUYOUTS THAT WERE PART OF A DEAL TO VOTE YES BY SEN. NELSON AND LANDRIEW WERE NOT TRUE EITHER. WHAT ABOUT THE FLORIDA COMPROMISE? NOT TRUE CRY THE DEMS. PELOSI SAID "WE WILL DO WHAT EVER WE HAVE TO DO TO GET THE BILL PASSED." THAT OUGHT TO STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL AMERICANS. BUT THAT IS HOW THE CHICAGO CROWD OPERATES.
I AM CERTAIN THAT ONE OF THE COMMENTATORS WILL SAY THAT THIS WAS GEORGE BUSHS' FAULT.
NOW WONDER THE TEA PARTY HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. THE GARBAGE THAT IS IN POWER NEEDS TO BE SENT TO THE DUMP. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THAT PRESS SECRETARY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE LIE WITH SUCH A SMARMY SMILE.

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 8, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

OF COURSE THE DEMS WILL DENY ANY TRUTH TO THE ALLEGATIONS. WHAT, THEY SHOULD SAY HE IS TELLING THE TRUTH AND WE ARE A BUNCH OF DIRTBAGS.
OF COURSE THE BUYOUTS THAT WERE PART OF A DEAL TO VOTE YES BY SEN. NELSON AND LANDRIEW WERE NOT TRUE EITHER. WHAT ABOUT THE FLORIDA COMPROMISE? NOT TRUE CRY THE DEMS. PELOSI SAID "WE WILL DO WHAT EVER WE HAVE TO DO TO GET THE BILL PASSED." THAT OUGHT TO STRIKE TERROR INTO THE HEARTS OF ALL AMERICANS. BUT THAT IS HOW THE CHICAGO CROWD OPERATES.
I AM CERTAIN THAT ONE OF THE COMMENTATORS WILL SAY THAT THIS WAS GEORGE BUSHS' FAULT.
NOW WONDER THE TEA PARTY HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL. THE GARBAGE THAT IS IN POWER NEEDS TO BE SENT TO THE DUMP. IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THAT PRESS SECRETARY HAS TO SAY ABOUT THIS. I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYONE LIE WITH SUCH A SMARMY SMILE.

Posted by: MALBENNET | March 8, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope he was forced out. We don't need the scandal. And it means that Obama is starting to flex some muscle. Pass the bill.

Posted by: Keesvan | March 8, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Why would he lie about Obama forcing him out in order to pass healthcare? Should we be surprised by this? Even if it isn't true what does he have to gain by lieing? He is already in trouble for his ethics violations, so what good will this do him?

I think the Democrats are in some seious trouble and they know it. I think what you are witnessing is Chicago politics at its best! LOL!! Get on board or get out of the way!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | March 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

If Massa is against the Marxist takeover of America I do not care if he is gay,straight,Black,White,or Other,he is welcome to join American Patriots in carrying forward the Banner Of The Founding Fathers in their vision of America and help us defeat this "transformation" of America by the Socialists/Marxists/Communists .

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Those darn, sea-faring, fun loving Squids.

Of course, it's all ok so long as a guy is the crass one. But if you're a female Navy commander and you swear up a storm, god help you.

Posted by: tslats | March 8, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Sorry.

Posted by: tossnokia | March 8, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

No thinkers in THIS bunch.

Posted by: MRGB | March 8, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Let's see about this guy who is democrat;
- He likes guys
- He is against Obama's Healthcare Bill
- He admits to minor ethics violations
- He will be on Glen Beck Show

I am not sure that anybody is convinced that this guy is democrat. He's gotta give us more evidence that he is actualy democrat because so far he fits description of pure republican and as might as well join them.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | March 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Let's see about this guy who is democrat;
- He likes guys
- He is against Obama's Healthcare Bill
- He admits to minor ethics violations
- He will be on Glen Beck Show

I am not sure that anybody is convinced that this guy is democrat. He's gotta give us more evidence that he is actualy democrat because so far he fits description of pure republican and as might as well join them.

Posted by: BOBSTERII | March 8, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

This fool blames the victim who filed the harassment complaint, saying the other guy started the trouble.

Then he blames the WH for somehow forcing him to leave so he cannot vote against health reform, the very same health care he is getting at our expense.

Add hypocrite to fool. Spell it Massa.

He's the perfect guest to appear on Glenbeckistan TV. Sort of a soul mate with Mr. Fox News.

Posted by: krummlaw | March 8, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the New World Order Of The Alice In Wonderland Demorats where up is down down is up Right is left left is right and they are what you are you are what they are.

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

If you're only guilty of "salty" language who even cares. Sen. David Vitter has sex with hookers in his kids playroom and he's still around. My guess is this is much uglier than Massa is letting on.

Posted by: blarsen1 | March 8, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

If Eric Massa's side of the story is true, then you have ask yourself why he resigned. I don't doubt that Zippy and his chain of fools were giving Massa a hard time, but he could have stuck it to them by staying on and voting no on health care. There must be more to this sexual harassment charge. This is some good hope and change that the gullible electorate of this country voted for. You can't make this crap up.

Posted by: theBozyn1 | March 8, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand how he can be "forced" out. Why doesn't he stay?

Posted by: mikem1 | March 8, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

Forced out for health care? Good. Who's next?

Posted by: Alsatian1 | March 8, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

So I guess his media blitz means it was a lie when he said his doctor told him he needed to slow down in order to treat his resurgent cancer?

Posted by: uh_huhh | March 8, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

maggots Maybe you don't know what to think because of the flashbacks from all the LSD.

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

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My flashbacks make more sense than your postings.

Posted by: maggots | March 8, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

What a crock. Like he's the only conservative Democrat out there? Massa won in a district that is conservative and voted accordingly. What about all the others - the blue dogs and the New Dem Caucus - that are more conservative? Were they all threatened, too? Are they all about to retire for 3 reasons?

Anyone who think that the White House doesn't understand that is "fracking" stupid.

His ploy to divert attention away from the fact that he behaved unprofessionally is working. When he goes to GlennBeckistan tomorrow, I'm sure he'll have his hands full.

Posted by: mikebythesun | March 8, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

maggots Maybe you don't know what to think because of the flashbacks from all the LSD.

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Considering the kid gloves Congress uses on its own, he sure seems terrified of the ethics investigation. If all he did is what he is saying, well he really does not have much to fear from the ethics committee. Must be a lot more to it or he is just a whack job.

Posted by: chucko2 | March 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Yeah... that's what I used to do many years ago in bootcamp when I'd catch a bunkmate snapping his carrot - put my hand on his thigh and ask him if he needed some help! NOT!!! What a whacko! Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: mercybrown | March 8, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Massa is a sad case of a man who has snapped. I wish his family well. Try to show a little heart, people. This is a medical case.

Posted by: Felipe_M | March 8, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

Seems the Democrats are imploding. His accusations come at no surprise to me.

Posted by: 45upnorth | March 8, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

So if Massa is being forced out and if he doesn't much care what is going to be said in the ethics probe on him, then why quit? If Massa really doesn't want this health care bill and if he resents treatment by party leadership, one would think that he'd stay another month or two to have out his revenge. Quitting seems odd if his account of the story is accurate.

This isn't to say that his account is inaccurate because Pelosi and Obama really are that desperate for House votes right now that they would push out one of their own party if the person was breaking with them on this vote, but Massa's actions just don't square up.

Posted by: blert | March 8, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The Massa Mutiny:

Retired Navy Cdr. Mr. Massa knows there is no excuse for not properly leading his crew.

Mr. Massa also has no excuse for his crew as he selected these folks.

Now he throws them all overboard by resigning, closing his balliwick, all the while going on as if he suffers PTS syndrome from kissing King Neptune's fat belly crossing the equator.

All said, he is an impetuous one isn't he?

He should hit the bricks with a Section 8.

Humphrey Bogart as Capt. Queeg could handle steel balls with one hand.

This man is no Bogart.

Posted by: thealaskan | March 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

This man is an unrepentant qweer...


Posted by: demtse | March 8, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Conservative Democrats if you are worried about Rahm Emmanuel attacking you while he is naked , in his little ballerina skirt or street clothes join Republican Conservatives.We are going to conserve The Declaration Of Independence,The Constitution,Capitalism,and the American way of life. Join with us to carry forward the Founding Fathers vision of America not Obama and "Rev." Wright's vision of America.You know we will not lose.We have inherited from the Founding Fathers thier Courage,Tenacity,and Patriotism.We will not be denied our freedoms.

Posted by: Imarkex | March 8, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

Don't you just LOVE how the WaPo finds the authority to decide that his allegations were UNSUBSTANTIATED as if we needed proof that Emanuel was a scumbag?? LOL

Too funny.

And since when is what Mass said a bad word? IF it was, then Reid and many others should have been ousted long ago.

Posted by: username | March 8, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

OMG!

Obama involved in a Culture Of Corruption?

Who wudda thunk?


Posted by: Concerned14 | March 8, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Wait a minute. I never realized this, but why is there allowed to be a void in our representation? Why is there not somebody who automatically becomes acting representative or senator until a special election can be held? We do it for presidents and governors, so why not for Congressional reps and senators?

If the size of Congress has shrunk to 431 members, then that essentially means the U.S. public’s representation has been reduced among its own government. Surely this is illegal or unconstitutional, no? At the very least it’s a major flaw in our government. Our executive branch has a line of succession to ensure there is no void in power. Why should Congress be different? This makes the country vulnerable. If some nut wants to take out a few Congressmen he could effectively, and significantly alter the representation of US citizens. Particularly in a Congress so closely divided and polarized.

These Congressmen may have departed, but the people they represent have not. It’s unfathomable to me that in this great country we can allow the silencing a few individuals to mute entire cities and communities of people.

Posted by: octobertea | March 8, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

>>>>>But Massa's criticism of what he now calls the "stop-at-nothing" effort to pass health-care legislation will play well with Beck's audience.

I know!! LOL - Faux News is willing to twist in the wind and do anything and interview anyone that opposes the health care reform bills - even representatives like Massa who oppose it because it's NOT LIBERAL ENOUGH!
LOL

Posted by: angie12106 | March 8, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

please Eric...do us proud and shut up....
Some of my family , in your district, were strong supporters and campaigners...I find your whining nothing short of ludicrous. Why not just switch parties, get your mea culpa and carry on.

Posted by: Mamanomia | March 8, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

If it's true - if the Dems did force him out because he wouldn't help pass Healthcare Reform - then great. That's the kind of hardball tactics that the Dems need to use. Now use them on the BlueDogs. Force out Ben Nelson!

Posted by: kurthunt | March 8, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

The things people will do when they dont have something to do....

Posted by: BobbyYarush | March 8, 2010 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Bites the dust and then goes on Glenlivet Beck show to make his ouster more than just a nasty freak getting his comeuppence...fitting end.

Posted by: LABC | March 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I am really shocked at all this. I worked for Massa on his 2006 campaign and voted for him twice. In 2006, Massa had the chance to use some scandalous material on his GOP opponent and he refused to do it. I considered him to be reasonable and steady.

Now I read about all these wild claims he has made against the Democratic leadership, and I don't know what to think. It doesn't make any sense.

Posted by: maggots | March 8, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Another dem bites the dust!

Posted by: houston123 | March 8, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Massa's political death is nothing short of strange and bizarre. Why would a sitting Congressman all of a sudden resign without any substantial reason?

Therein lies the political intrigue, I suppose.

Good luck to him, where ever he goes.

Posted by: Adirondax | March 8, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Massa's in the cold,cold ground.LOL!!

Posted by: hyroller56 | March 8, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Another pervert bites the dust.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | March 8, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

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