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LWW
03-04-2010, 06:02 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">First-term Rep. Eric Massa announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, saying his doctors have told him that he can’t continue to “run at 100 miles an hour.”

But several House aides told POLITICO that the House ethics committee has been informed of allegations that the New York Democrat, who is married with two children, made unwanted advances toward a junior male staffer.

A more senior staffer — Ronald Hikel, Massa’s former deputy chief of staff and legislative director — took the complaints to the ethics committee and was interviewed about them twice.

Hikel declined to comment about the situation, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) confirmed that the Democratic leadership had been informed of the allegations before the news broke.

“I’ve heard of that allegation before,” he said. “I had some indication, yes, but I don’t want to go beyond that. And my presumption [is] it’s being pursued in the course of business.”

Hoyer's office released the following statement Wednesday night:

“The week of February 8th, a member of Rep. Massa’s staff brought to the attention of Mr. Hoyer’s staff allegations of misconduct that had been made against Mr. Massa. Mr. Hoyer’s staff immediately informed him of what they had been told. 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. 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. Mr. Hoyer does not know whether the allegations are true or false, but wanted to ensure that the bipartisan committee charged with overseeing conduct of Members was immediately involved to determine the facts.”

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

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

Massa has suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On a conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, he said he was hospitalized in December and that his doctors made it clear to him that he needed to slow down. He denied that he was retiring because of a sexual harassment claim.

“Do I or have I ever used salty language when I’m angry, especially in the privacy of my inner office or even at home? Yes, I have, and I have apologized to those where it’s appropriate,” Massa said. “But those kinds of articles, unsubstantiated, without fact or backing, are a symptom of what’s wrong with this city.”

A 20-year Navy veteran, Massa serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Homeland Security committees. His departure endangers Democrats’ hold on his competitive upstate New York seat.

Hoyer said news of the sexual harassment allegation — coming on the same day Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) gave up his gavel on the Ways and Means Committee — shouldn’t give Republicans a leg up in November.

“I don’t think it helps anybody in the institution, any one of us on either side of the aisle. It certainly didn’t help Mr. Foley,” Hoyer said, referring to former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned from Congress in 2006 amid allegations that he sent sexually explicit instant messages to an underage male page.

“When there were allegations about Mr. Foley or others, I think the institution suffers,” Hoyer continued. “And that’s why it’s so important that each of us conducts ourselves in a way that won’t bring discredit on the institution.”

Massa’s decision 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 gadfly-like 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, 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 Rangel.

After news of Massa’s retirement hit, New York Rep. Steve Israel, the head of recruiting for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, headed to DCCC offices to make recruiting calls in Massa’s district. The upstate New York district is ancestrally Republican and doesn’t have a deep bench of Democratic officeholders.

“It’s yet another uphill battle,” Israel said, but he noted that Democrats have been successful in two competitive special elections held last year in upstate New York.

Massa’s departure could scramble the Republican field since the filing deadline is not until July. Former Rep. John “Randy” Kuhl, whom Massa beat by 2 percentage points in 2008, is exploring the possibility of running for his old seat, according to a source who spoke with him after Massa’s retirement announcement.

In a statement, Kuhl said he would address “political decisions in the future, but right now it is important for Eric to get the treatment that he needs to recover.”

Other potential candidates who may consider entering the race include Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, state Assemblyman Brian Kolb and state Sen. Cathy Young.</div></div>

&gt;&gt;&gt;WHEN WILL THIS CULTURE OF CORRUPTION END?&lt;&lt;&lt; (http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0310/33864.html)

LWW

pooltchr
03-04-2010, 07:02 AM
The Dems will give him a pass.

Steve

LWW
03-04-2010, 11:24 AM
The silence is again deafening and the hypocrisy deep.

LWW

eg8r
03-05-2010, 12:58 PM
There are people on both sides that continue to act this way. Is anyone taking count?

eg8r

pooltchr
03-05-2010, 03:38 PM
He's still holding that he is retiring after just one term because of health issues. If he was that sick, why did he run the first time?
The charges of sexual harassment toward one of his male aids had nothing to do with it!

http://www.cuesight.com/pool-cue-cases-sterling-traditional-box-cases.html

Steve

LWW
03-07-2010, 08:55 AM
Where, oh where, are our resident leftists to condemn this?

LWW

pooltchr
03-07-2010, 11:07 AM
In hiding and pretending to ignore it. They are not allowed to voice dissatisfaction with anyone in the party.

Steve

Stretch
03-07-2010, 11:52 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The silence is again deafening and the hypocrisy deep.

LWW </div></div>

And all you have is "allegations"? LMAO Gee nothing much has changed. Used to be when you wanted to end someones career all you had to do was accuse them of communism. Tell you what, when and if he's charged then you can wail and wine, pull your hair out and bang your head against the wall screaming shame shame shame. Till then the silence you here is everybody rolling thier eyes and thinking WTF are you babbeling about, as usuall. This is not even worthy of debate. Nice try Miss Larry. St.

LWW
03-07-2010, 03:03 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Stretch</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: LWW</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The silence is again deafening and the hypocrisy deep.

LWW </div></div>

And all you have is "allegations"? LMAO Gee nothing much has changed. Used to be when you wanted to end someones career all you had to do was accuse them of communism. Tell you what, when and if he's charged then you can wail and wine, pull your hair out and bang your head against the wall screaming shame shame shame. Till then the silence you here is everybody rolling thier eyes and thinking WTF are you babbeling about, as usuall. This is not even worthy of debate. Nice try Miss Larry. St. </div></div>

So you disagree with leftists being judged by anything approaching the zero levels of evidence required by the left to pronounce guilt?

I already knew that.

LWW

llotter
03-07-2010, 08:06 PM
Massa is resigning tomorrow and going home. That is what The Moron should be doing.

Chilled
03-08-2010, 12:13 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Dems will give him a pass.

Steve </div></div>

As predictions and political commentary go, that comment is now turning out to be a prime candidate for lemon of the week lol.

pooltchr
03-08-2010, 12:40 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Chilled</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Dems will give him a pass.

Steve </div></div>

As predictions and political commentary go, that comment is now turning out to be a prime candidate for lemon of the week lol. </div></div>

He sure seems to be getting a pass with the left on this forum!!

But that doesn't surprise me.

Steve

hondo
03-08-2010, 12:49 PM
Perhaps if someone else had initiated the thread, Steve.

Those on the Left and a few on the Right on this forum want nothing to do with the Dubster.

Chilled
03-08-2010, 01:21 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Chilled</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: pooltchr</div><div class="ubbcode-body">The Dems will give him a pass.

Steve </div></div>

As predictions and political commentary go, that comment is now turning out to be a prime candidate for lemon of the week lol. </div></div>

He sure seems to be getting a pass with the left on this forum!!

But that doesn't surprise me.

Steve </div></div>

According to Massa himself far more important Dems than those on a pool site seem to be giving him anything but a pass. He alleges he is being mauled by Dems on a trumped up misconduct issue as a 'blind' to disguise Dems getting rid of him due to his personal voting preferences on health care.

Republican hyenas will be ready and willing to tear the rotting flesh from the carcasse whatever. They won't care why or how it died and in truth have little interest in what its morals were when it was alive. They care only what use the dead body has to them. Such is the law of the jungle.

wolfdancer
03-08-2010, 01:31 PM
Now Steve is complaining that few, if any, on the left....are replying to his and lww's...."educational" posts???
Give me a ******* break!!
Since neither of those two can just make a post, omitting either the:
A) bragging about how much smarter then the avgerage bear they are, or:
B)their obligatory insults, based on: A
It then becomes gibberish to me, and easily skipped, or just glanced over.
I've never seen either of these two..."discuss" anything

pooltchr
03-08-2010, 01:54 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: hondo</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Perhaps if someone else had initiated the thread, Steve.

Those on the Left and a few on the Right on this forum want nothing to do with the Dubster. </div></div>

Hondo. Do you not agree that it is pretty childish to avoid discussing topics on a discussion form, simply because you don't like the person who started the thread?

All this "We need to ignore them and not reply to them" is nothing more than crap from people who won't, or can't, defend their stand on issues.

I'm going to take my ball and go home!

Seems quite immature to me.

Steve

hondo
03-08-2010, 05:29 PM
I'm very glad that you do not feel that Dub, poor pathetic Johnny, and Dub's Klan have not done their utmost to
trash this forum.

Many of us feel differently than you.

I think it would be childish to try and have any kind of meaningful dialogue with that ego-maniac.

As you know, you are free to chat away with him. I'll pass.

LWW
03-08-2010, 06:24 PM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: hondo</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Perhaps if someone else had initiated the thread, Steve.

Those on the Left and a few on the Right on this forum want nothing to do with the Dubster. </div></div>

Yet you shadowpost behind me at every chance.

LWW