NY Congressman declines to run for re-election amid allegations of harrassment of a male staffer....

  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 03, 2010 8:15 PM GMT
    Haven't heard about this before until I got the news blurb from Politico....



    Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) has decided not to seek reelection amid allegations that he sexually harassed a male staffer, House aides tell POLITICO.

    Anyone know about this one?

    From Politico:
    2010 Complete Election Coverage: Eric Massa to retire amid allegations he sexually harassed a male staffer

    According to several House aides on both sides of the aisle, the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that Massa, who is married with two children, sexually harassed a male staffer.

    Massa told POLITICO Wednesday afternoon that no one has brought allegations of misconduct to him.

    Asked about the sexual harassment allegations, Massa said: "When someone makes a decision to leave Congress, everybody says everything. I have health issues. I'll talk about it [later].”

    Massa recently suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and he has said that his experience with cancer drove him to run for office so he could help reform the health care system.

    A 20-year Navy veteran, Massa was elected to office in 2008. He serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Homeland Security committees, and his departure endangers Democrats’ hold on his competitive upstate New York seat.

    Massa is scheduled to hold a conference call at 3:30 this afternoon to announce his decision, which came as a complete surprise to several of his freshman Democratic colleagues in the New York delegation.

    According to the New York Daily News, which first reported that Massa was retiring, the congressman called party leaders and supporters in his district Wednesday to tell them of his plans.

    Massa has played a gadflylike role in the House, calling for a single-payer health care system at a conference of liberal activists last year despite representing a Republican-leaning district. He was one of 39 House Democrats to vote against health care legislation; he said it didn’t do enough to control costs.

    As a freshman representing New York’s most Republican House district, Massa was one of the most endangered Democrats in the delegation. Republicans had been aggressively targeting his seat and landed top recruit Tom Reed, the Republican mayor of Corning, to challenge him.

    Massa is now the 15th House Democrat to announce retirement plans, with 11 of them leaving districts that Republicans are aggressively contesting. House Republicans face 19 retirements within GOP ranks, but most of their departing members hail from safe seats.

    Massa’s departure also adds to the woes of New York Democrats, who have been on the defensive this week amid a scandal surrounding Gov. David Paterson, who announced he wasn’t running for election, and the tribulations involving embattled Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who stepped down as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee Wednesday.

    Massa’s departure could scramble the Republican field, since the filing deadline is not until July. Potential candidates include Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, state Assemblyman Brian Kolb and state Sen. Kathy Young.

    Massa defeated former GOP Rep. John “Randy” Kuhl (R-N.Y.) in 2008, narrowly winning by a 2-point margin.
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    From discussions from "Don't ask, don't tell"....


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    Mar 03, 2010 9:12 PM GMT
    Wow. A Democrat harassing male staffers. Must be a blue dog. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 03, 2010 9:36 PM GMT
    The joys of living in a religus country, where people thrive off such little things, as if they really matter. Lets not forget Monica and where Free Willy Bill put those cigarsicon_wink.gif " Then declared I never had sexual relations with that women......"
  • HndsmKansan

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    Mar 03, 2010 9:46 PM GMT
    Pattison saidThe joys of living in a religus country, where people thrive off such little things, as if they really matter. Lets not forget Monica and where Free Willy Bill put those cigarsicon_wink.gif " Then declared I never had sexual relations with that women......"



    Monica wasn't sexually harassed nor did she contend that she was.....
    Big difference
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    Mar 03, 2010 9:54 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    Pattison saidThe joys of living in a religus country, where people thrive off such little things, as if they really matter. Lets not forget Monica and where Free Willy Bill put those cigarsicon_wink.gif " Then declared I never had sexual relations with that women......"



    Monica wasn't sexually harassed nor did she contend that she was.....
    Big difference


    Yup. While Clinton and Lewisky (whom I met, btw) was perhaps tawdry, it wasn't illegal or unasked for...
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    Mar 03, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    Monica was horribly deceived. Bill didn't tell her that he was married.


    Back to Congressman Massa. From the CNN clip, he seems admirable. Intelligent, articulate and has his facts. Whereas Rep.Duncan Hunter(who inherited his position) seems to have a lot of trouble getting his incoherent ideas out of his mouth.

    I wonder about the nature of this sexual harrassment....if indeed it happened.

    Telling someone of your attraction is different than throwing the guy over your desk and making him serve his country. If it's the latter, I want video.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 03, 2010 10:29 PM GMT
    I'll be the first to say this:
    He was reported because he isn't hot.
    There. Done.
    Eric_Massa.jpg
    BTW, pull my finger.
  • coolarmydude

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    Mar 03, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    Pattison saidThe joys of living in a religus country, where people thrive off such little things, as if they really matter. Lets not forget Monica and where Free Willy Bill put those cigarsicon_wink.gif " Then declared I never had sexual relations with that women......"



    Monica wasn't sexually harassed nor did she contend that she was.....
    Big difference


    The rule in the military is that ANY time a superior makes a move on a subordinate, even if the subordinate is consenting, it's automatically sexual harassment.
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    Mar 03, 2010 10:55 PM GMT
    coolarmydude said
    HndsmKansan said
    Pattison saidThe joys of living in a religus country, where people thrive off such little things, as if they really matter. Lets not forget Monica and where Free Willy Bill put those cigarsicon_wink.gif " Then declared I never had sexual relations with that women......"



    Monica wasn't sexually harassed nor did she contend that she was.....
    Big difference


    The rule in the military is that ANY time a superior makes a move on a subordinate, even if the subordinate is consenting, it's automatically sexual harassment.


    That's a stupid rule. Rigid rules are asinine, it first assumes that everything is black and white. It is rules like that that prevent homosexual rights and tolerance. When will people in the USA accept the fact that nothing is balck and white and that we (everyone) mostly live in the grey. Oh, but we are American's, we stupid arogant Americans will never get it.
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    Mar 03, 2010 10:58 PM GMT
    coolarmydude saidI'll be the first to say this:
    He was reported because he isn't hot.
    There. Done.
    Eric_Massa.jpg
    BTW, pull my finger.


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    Mar 04, 2010 6:22 AM GMT
    From the Associate Press:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100304/ap_on_el_ho/us_massa_retirement
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    Mar 06, 2010 12:52 PM GMT
    Eric Massa has resigned


    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/2010/03/06/2010-03-06_upstate_dem_quits_house_in_sex_scandal.html
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Mar 06, 2010 1:20 PM GMT
    It is just disgusting all these politicians and scandals....This is where all our tax money is going to. These are the people they we are voting into office. They are ALL nothing but crooks and should be all thrown out....icon_lol.gificon_eek.gificon_evil.gif