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Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) won't run for reelection



New York Rep. Eric Massa won't run for reelection to his 29th district. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Updated 9:20 p.m.
By Chris Cillizza and Ben Pershing

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has decided against seeking reelection, creating an open seat in a very competitive congressional district.

Massa, a freshman congressman from western New York, told reporters Wednesday that he was retiring for health reasons. He has previously been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

But House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday night that Massa was also facing an ethics investigation over allegations of misconduct.

Hoyer did not detail the allegations but said his office became aware of them nearly a month ago.

"Mr. Hoyer instructed his staff that if Mr. Massa or his staff did not bring the matter to the attention of the bipartisan Ethics Committee within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer would do so," Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant said in a statement. "Within 48 hours, Mr. Hoyer received confirmation from both the Ethics Committee staff and Mr. Massa's staff that the Ethics Committee had been contacted and would review the allegations."

Massa did not take any questions from reporters after he addressed them on a conference call. He denied that his decision had anything to do with scandal.

Politico reported Wednesday that the House ethics committee has received allegations that Massa sexually harassed a male staffer. It cited anonymous sources for its information.

"Now there are blogs who are saying that there were charges of harassment against my staff," Massa said, admitting that he has been guilty of using "salty language" in his office. "Yes I have, and I have apologized for it."

But Massa said that suggestions he was guilty of something more were "unsubstantiated, without ... backing" and "a symptom of what's wrong with this city."

Instead, Massa said, "this last December I underwent my third major cancer reoccurrence scare."

"It was a very intense and personal experience," one that made him realize that he needs to alter his lifestyle, Massa said. "It is therefore only fair and right that I announce today that I will not seek re-election to this office."

"I will now enter the final phase of my life at a more controlled pace," he added.

Massa's retirement creates another problem for House Democrats. His 29th district, which includes Elmira and Corning, went for Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) by a 51 percent to 48 percent margin in 2008 but George W. Bush carried it by 14 points in 2004.

Corning Mayor Tom Reed is already in the race for Republicans. It's not immediately clear whether national GOPers will look around now that the seat is open, although Reid's fundraising has not been particularly stellar with just $122,000 in the bank at the end of the year. The Democratic field remains unformed. Filing doesn't close in the Empire State until July.

Massa is the 16th House Democrat to call it quits. Eighteen Republicans are retiring or seeking other office while a 19th -- Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart -- is vacating his 25th district to run for an open seat in the neighboring 21st.

Of the 16 Democratic retirements, seven -- including Massa -- represent districts that Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) won in 2008. By contrast, just two of Republicans' 19 retirements are in seats that President Obama carried in 2008.

The 29th district seat was long held by Rep. Amo Houghton (R), a prominent moderate whose family founded the Corning company. When Houghton retired in 2004 after nine terms, Rep. Randy Kuhl (R) won a contested general election fight to claim the seat but was dogged by negative stories about his personal conduct. Massa lost his 2006 challenge to Kuhl by just over 6,000 votes but beat the incumbent two years later by just over 5,000 votes.

The news of Massa's retirement was first reported by the New York Daily News' Liz Benjamin.

By Chris Cillizza  |  March 3, 2010; 2:38 PM ET
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Posted by: patjenks | March 10, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

Wow, these dumbocrats sure like their boys, don't they bwaney?

Posted by: jemery5266 | March 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

You know, I am a conservative, and usually vote Republican. However, reading this blog from the vast majority of posters convinces me that the reason the average IQ in the US is 100 is that 50% of the population falls below that number...unfortunately for me (or at least my reading pleasure) it appears they all have internet access and choose to post their thoughts (I use that term advisedly) on the internet.

To those of you not used to multisyllabic words, I am basically saying that the overwhelming majority of the posters are either (a) on mind altering drugs, (2) severely learning disabled, or (3) anencephalic (which means you have no brain).

Posted by: usna1974 | March 9, 2010 3:33 AM | Report abuse

Hey, who's defending a party???

If the shoe fits....."wear it"

"waterboard" them all......"

Nancy...first....she was briefed....

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Posted by: paulann1 | March 6, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse


Since I have been chosen to select his punishment.....I want to be fair.....he gets the same as Nancy Pelosi, Rangel, Reid, and all of the administration of the White House.

and to be honest I cannot overlook the 3 stooges who partied in Chicago this weekend celebrating ....

...."let's hate American and whitie"

Louis Farrakhan, Rev. Wright,and Father Flanagan.

They all get "waterboarded"....

and if that does not make a "believer" out of them...........we will send them to live with Chavez....

No more "nasty" talk for you sir.

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Posted by: paulann1 | March 6, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

"And another Democrat bites the dust, as God cleans house in America's government.
God is not mocked: as a man sows, that shall he also reap!"

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Interestingly, the following politicians are all members of the Republi-con Party:

* South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who left his state to visit his mistress in Argentina without telling anyone where he was going;

* Nevada Sen. John Ensign, who had an affair with the wife of one of his staff members, then had his parents make a hush money payment (family values = his family pays off her family);

* New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who divorced his wife to take up with his "very good friend" with whom he had been trysting while billing the cost of his security detail to the taxpayers;

* Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, arrested for soliciting gay sex in a Minneapolis airport bathroom;

* New York Rep. Vito Fossella, who was arrested for drunk driving and bailed out of jail by a woman who was not his wife but was revealed to be the mother of his child;

* Louisiana Sen. David Vitter, who solicited prostitutes from the "D.C. Madam";

* Florida Rep. Mark Foley, who sent inappropriate text messages to teenage House pages soliciting gay sex;

* Illinois Senate candidate Jack Ryan, who took his wife to sex clubs and asked her to have sex with him while others watched;

* Illinois Rep. Henry Hyde, who helped lead the impeachment proceedings against President Bill Clinton while dismissing his own extramarital affair as a "youthful indiscretion" even though he was in his 40s when it occurred;

* Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, who had extramarital affairs and informed his wife he was seeking a divorce while she was in the hospital with cancer.

I'm not saying that Democrats are paragons of virtue. But neither are Republi-cons. What's galling is that the Republi-con Party claims to speak for God.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | March 4, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

such silly nonsense - wowie zowie, this clown 37 and zero must be sleeping in razor wire to keep the bugs out of his head .... tsk tsk

President Obama is promoting health care and insurance reform and extending coverage to nearly all Americans. It will be paid for by repealing the unfair tax give away to the wealthy - the same tax give away, call it welfare for the wealthy, that the smirking wonder of the 'have mores' championed while running the economy into the ditch.

Obama also proposes the extension of benefits will come from gains in efficiency in the providing of medical care. The money will be found because it has to be found.

Bush and the GOP slashed taxes on the wealthiest Americans, got neck deep in two wars (of profit for their cronies) and passed unfunded legislation that busted the bank. The GOP busted the bank homey, not Clinton, and not Obama. The GOP busted the bank.

Our country is strong and resilient. The economy is recovering and many are still out of work and underemployed, however, the Bush Cheney economy was built on smirks and mirrors - nothing their but empty promises.

The country rises and falls together. Health care is a legal right and we need to provide it equitably and efficiently. The GOP want to remain the gatekeepers to health care through employment. The GOP want to deny medical treatment to sick people like you. Any working person that thinks the GOP will lift a finger to treat them fairly is deluded.

Posted by: right_as_rain | March 4, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

And another Democrat bites the dust, as God cleans house in America's government.
God is not mocked: as a man sows, that shall he also reap!

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Posted by: nikejordans1 | March 4, 2010 6:51 AM | Report abuse

We have a 3 Trillion Dollar - basically unfunded program - which the democrats are attempting to FORCE A FINANCIAL CRISIS ONTO A FUTURE CONGRESS IN ORDER TO RAISE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.


When the American People realize fully what the finances are, Obama's name and legacy will be synonymous with overspending and financial nightmares.


To spend and never know how it will be payed for - to obama.


To get stuck with a bill (like at a restaurant) - to get obamaed.


To try to get a friend to pay his share of the bill at a restaurant - Man, you are not going to obama me, are you ?


To force a program or a rule on an unwilling person - to ram an obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

This is just another example of how WaPo is completely in the bag for Barry Obama and will do anything to bury a story about Democrat misconduct in office. WaPo will never play the story straight if it involves a Democrat.

Here is it buried at the bottom of the page in tiny six point type. WaPo plays "bury the headline" again.

Posted by: screwjob11 | March 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

FairlingtonBlade

Obviously, you understand my points.


We are talking about the reconciliation bill - and whether it will include improper items or not.

First of all, no one in the Senate or the House intended for this version of the Senate bill to become the law - it was intended that there would be further negotiations and compromises.

The Stupak Amendment is a case in point - why the Senate never included that compromise represents bad faith on the part of the parties - they never intended to have that compromise stay in the final version.


To say that we have a mish-mash is an understatement - we have a bill which the Senate passed on a holiday, was rushed in, and which everyone at the time thought was going to be changed SIGNIFICANTLY through further negotiations with the House.

FairlingtonBlade Let me explain it to you: The Senate has a certain set of rules, which have been passed legally - in accordance with the Constitution.


If those rules are purposely subverted - if the intention of the those rules are intentionally bypassed - then that is a violation of those rules.

The remedy for such an offense is IMPEACHMENT.

Right now - Obama is seeking a way to get around the obvious intent of the rules of the Senate.


Specifically, he and his friends are trying to pass POLICY - which is not BUDGET items - into law under the reconciliation procedures.

Sorry if you don't like it.

In 8 months there will be another election - if the Republicans take control of the House, you can be sure that these issues will be taken up - in addition to the funding of this bill.

BY NO MEANS will this be the last time Congress looks at this law - it can be repealed - and either House can refuse to fund it under the budget process.

The whole idea that it will be jammed through, never to be undone - well maybe that idea came about because major programs had BIPARTISAN SUPPORT, SO WHEN PARTIES CHANGED, THE PROGRAMS STAYED.

That is clearly not the case here.

What part of this do you NOT understand ???

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

The Senate amended the House bill. The House can pass the Senate bill. Signing a bill passed by Congress is the furthest thing from an impeachable offense. For those who are unable to understand the Constitution (>36, \<38), I recommend ordering a DVD of Schoolhouse Rock. It'll even improve your punctuation.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | March 3, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Suzy, I haven't seen that allegation anywhere. Do you know that Mazza had sex with a male staffer?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 3, 2010 7:50 PM


Margaretmeyers, put two and two together. Broadwayjoe math not allowed.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 3, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

Representative Michael Arcuri, a dem, says he would vote against the Senate version of the health care bill.
The "no's" start to speak out. Still think Pelosi will get the votes?

http://news.firedoglake.com/2010/03/03/obama-democratic-leaders-want-a-way-forward-on-health-care-will-the-rank-and-file-follow/

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 3, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Suzy, I haven't seen that allegation anywhere. Do you know that Mazza had sex with a male staffer?

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 3, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Let's just make it simple: The simpleton who goes by the screen name '37thand0street' is nothing but a Tea Bagger (take your pick of meanings, maybe both).

Posted by: critter69 | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM


Mazza had sex with a male staffer. Who's the real tea bagger?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | March 3, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

We have a 3 Trillion Dollar - basically unfunded program - which the democrats are attempting to FORCE A FINANCIAL CRISIS ONTO A FUTURE CONGRESS IN ORDER TO RAISE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.


When the American People realize fully what the finances are, Obama's name and legacy will be synonymous with overspending and financial nightmares.


To spend and never know how it will be payed for - to obama.


To get stuck with a bill - to get obamaed.


To force a program or a rule on an unwilling person - to ram an obama

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

hansenthered calls him/her/it a 'Conservative Troll'.

Maggots equates his/her/its postings to 'a vile rash on this website.'

Let's just make it simple: The simpleton who goes by the screen name '37thand0street' is nothing but a Tea Bagger (take your pick of meanings, maybe both).

Posted by: critter69 | March 3, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

maggots

It doesn't matter what you say - the House will decide next year if what Obama is doing is an impeachable offense.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

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Do you really think that anything you say matters? You're a troll!

Posted by: maggots | March 3, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

There is a real effort out there to subvert the intention of the Senate rules - that is a serious offense.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

maggots


It doesn't matter what you say - the House will decide next year if what Obama is doing is an impeachable offense.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 6:46 PM | Report abuse

Let us remember that Arlen Spector stayed in the senate through cancer, chemo, and recovery.

Frank Lautenberg broke his hip, has stomach cancer, and still shows up to work while on Chemo.

Debbie Wasserman-Shultz is alive and well and keeping her trap going after going through breast cancer and not quitting her job.

Senator Tim Johnson had a stroke, was bedridden, and had painful rehab, and never quit his job and is now head of a committee.

Staying busy while going through chemo is very important. It is not the end of your life, but the beginning of your fight.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 3, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the democrats are getting dangerously close to breaking the Senate rules - which will create a crisis like none other in American history.

What makes it even worse, is recorded statements by Obama and Biden on the exact subjects in 2005.

We may be in the territory of breaking the laws - the Constitution says the Senate makes its own rules - if there is an effort to break those rules - it is unConstitutional - and may qualify as High Crimes and Misdemeeanors.

Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

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More garbage - Obama isn't in Congress so can't break any congressional rules. The senate will decide if any rules are broken and act accordingly.

Posted by: maggots | March 3, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Obama and the democrats are getting dangerously close to breaking the Senate rules - which will create a crisis like none other in American history.

What makes it even worse, is recorded statements by Obama and Biden on the exact subjects in 2005.

We may be in the territory of breaking the laws - the Constitution says the Senate makes its own rules - if there is an effort to break those rules - it is unConstitutional - and may qualify as High Crimes and Misdemeeanors.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

The way the democrats stuck with Charlie Rangel - proves they are unfit to govern.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

One last point. If any ever needs to demonstrate the thought process of someone who has undergone a frontal lobe lobotomy please display the following “opinion.” (Note I place opinion in quotes because the regurgitated tripe that is being spewed by 37thousand(braincellslost) is not real opinion but rather rehashed talking points)

"The democrats are unfit to govern - if they pass the health care bill, they have proven that point."
Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 5:43 PM

Posted by: hansenthered | March 3, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Wow - again - this will prove my point - when there are sex charges against a Republican - the democrats drag it out, there are jokes all over the place, and it is regarded as a sign of moral decay.

When there are sex charges against a democrat, none of that happens - and usually the press drops the whole thing rather quickly.


Anyway..........


Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

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Unsubstantiated rumors on a political website are worthless. Come back when you have some proof. FYI, your postings are like a vile rash on this website.

Posted by: maggots | March 3, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Cornell1984 is right... we'll wait for the real story in the National Inquirer. In the meantime - bad break re the cancer. Hope he recovers.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | March 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Politico.com, for doing some real reporting on why Mazza's leaving. But for your reporting, we would have been left with this space's transcription of Mazza's press release.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | March 3, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see the Conservative Trolls are out and about today. I guess these conservatives are A) either were born into enough money that they do not have to work for a living and thus can sit online all day and spout their racist and hypocritical propaganda or b) are a bunch of low down yellow dog liars who are sitting around right now collecting a government check while at the same time lambasting anyone who wants the government to ensure that poverty doesn't equate to death sentence when a person gets sick.

I bet ilk like 37thand0street et all are more than willing to step over the bodies of their fellow citizens if it means that they stay true to their radical right wing world view. Scum like these people are at the very center of what is wrong with the American Republic right now.

How sad that conservatives seem to have not gotten the memo: those that oppose progress and desire inequality will loose in the end.

Now being a hard working, tax paying American who has to earn his way I will leave these opinion boards to the conservative trolls, whom seem to have such ample time on their hands that they are able to sit around and do what conservatives do so well; complain non-stop about everyting under the sun.

Posted by: hansenthered | March 3, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are unfit to govern - if they pass the health care bill, they have proven that point.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

We have a 3 Trillion Dollar - basically unfunded program - which the democrats are attempting to FORCE A FINANCIAL CRISIS ONTO A FUTURE CONGRESS IN ORDER TO RAISE THE TAXES TO PAY FOR HEALTH CARE.


When the American People realize fully what the finances are, Obama's name and legacy will be synonymous with overspending and financial nightmares.


To spend and never know how it will be payed for - to obama.


To get stuck with a bill (like at a restaurant) - to get obamaed.


To try to get a friend to pay his share of the bill at a restaurant - Man, you are not going to obama me, are you ?


To force a program or a rule on an unwilling person - to ram an obama.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

leapin


It's true

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Clinton WAS A COMPLETE DISASTER AS A PRESIDENT - he made a mess of everything.

Posted by: 37thand0street

WTO and NAFTA, complete factories, lock, stock, and barrel were relocated.

Posted by: leapin | March 3, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Almost everything Clinton did turned out to be a disaster


Clinton's trade deals have made a mess of our economy


Clinton repealed the Wall Street financial regulations - which led to the bubbles - which led to today's mess -

To blame Bush for any of that is just not correct.


In the Middle East, Clinton had a horrible practically pacifist policy which led to 9/11.


We had the first world trade center bombing


Khobar Towers bombing


The two American embassies bombing in Keyna and Tanzania


They bombed our apartment buildings in Saudi Arabia.


The USS Cole.


THE POLICY YOU ARE ADVOCATING FAILED.


OK - it failed. you are a complete idiot.


The reason it failed, because you are a complete idiot - is because we never hit them hard enough in the 1990s and we ended up with 9/11.


Clinton WAS A COMPLETE DISASTER AS A PRESIDENT - he made a mess of everything.

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Loud and dumb, how many hours of pondering in your deep intellectual stupor did it take you to come up with those deep thoughts?

Posted by: drivl | March 3, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

there is no one making accusations on the record there is a "suggestion" very vague I guess since massa was in the Navy every one assumes he must be "AC/DC" why? Isn't the mans recurrence of cancer enough reason to leave, yes he was a military man most of us use a lot of 4 letter words, and did for our careers, church language was not the language "warriors" deal with during stressful times and yes the language we use is not usually appropriate for a business office, officer and NCOs all have bad language habits it's part of the military life you all demand protection but for some reason you object to the people who provide it for a career and the bad habits they picked up, why? Eric Massa spent most of his adult life providing you the security you demand from this nation, and you compare him to a pervert like Mark Foley, shame on you, I will take all the Eric Massa men I can, name callers from behind fake names you are nothing more than members of the 101st chickenhawk ket board brigade "Dick Cheney" accolates go pound sand you feckless idiots.......

Posted by: mikey30919 | March 3, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse


The democratic corruption is completely out of control


- Massa


- Rangel


- Paterson


we can continue


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Posted by: 37thand0street
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Didn't Tiger Woods vote for Obama?

Posted by: leapin | March 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

The democratic corruption is completely out of control


- Massa


- Rangel


- Paterson


we can continue

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Why don't some of you actually address the cost issues ?

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I feel like I have seen some of these posts before. Hmmm.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | March 3, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

37th knows exactly what lurid means.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 3, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

37th knows exactly what lurid means.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | March 3, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

TO ALL THE DEMOCRATS


Let's have an HONEST DISCUSSION ABOUT HEALTH CARE - JUST TELL US HOW YOU ARE GOING TO PAY FOR IT - WITHOUT THE ACCOUNTING TRICKS.


Let's back out of all the accounting tricks, and you tell me how we are going to pay for the health care bill.


- You have 7 years of revenue against 10 years of benefits - that adds about 2.5 Trillion dollars.


- You have 500 Billion dollars which is coming out of Medicare - that is being spent twice.


- You have the 225 Billion "doctor fix" which is off budget.


- So you are at about 3.2 Trillion Dollars - How are YOU going to pay for it ???


AND that does not include the usual cost explosions that take place in new programs - you will probably be closer to $5 Trillion after 10 years.


HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PAY FOR THIS ???


Just tell us how you are going to pay for all of this - go ahead.


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

luridone


Isn't that a double standard - are you trying to say that democrats have no family values ?


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

As with all democrat sex scandals, we will have to wait for the National Inquirer to give us the truth, as the censorship at the NY Times and Washington Post continues, and the liberals circle the wagons.

Posted by: Cornell1984 | March 3, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Wow - again - this will prove my point - when there are sex charges against a Republican - the democrats drag it out, there are jokes all over the place, and it is regarded as a sign of moral decay.


When there are sex charges against a democrat, none of that happens - and usually the press drops the whole thing rather quickly.

Anyway..........

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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 3:01 PM
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Maybe it has something to do when it's done by a member of the party of "family values." Hypocrisy and all that.

Posted by: luridone | March 3, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

How many scandals can the Democrats have in just one day? Rangle, Paterson and now Massa, and the day isn't over yet. I guess the Mark Foley treatment is in order for Massa. Wanna bet the same press that obsessively trashed consignment shop owner Foley will go light on Massa?

Posted by: beachbum09 | March 3, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Roll Call is reporting that he is retiring because he has a recurrence of cancer. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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

Wow - again - this will prove my point - when there are sex charges against a Republican - the democrats drag it out, there are jokes all over the place, and it is regarded as a sign of moral decay.

When there are sex charges against a democrat, none of that happens - and usually the press drops the whole thing rather quickly.


Anyway..........


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Posted by: 37thand0street | March 3, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

I see that that when it comes to allegations of SEXUAL HARASSMENT involving DEMOCRATS, you keep your mouths shut. However, Politico is less biased than you are, and its story gives the real reason why Massa is retiring. Thank God you have competent competition.

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

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