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BREAKING: US Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) To Retire;
Reports Suggest He’s Mark Foley, Only Worse

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 4:48 pm - March 3, 2010.
Filed under: 111th Congress,Democratic Scandals,FoleyGate

You just can’t catch a break being a Democrat in Washington these days.  Or a Hill staffer being pounced upon by dirty old men…

Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) will not seek re-election after only one term in office.

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, whose departure endangers Democrats’ hold on a competitive seat, 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 his interest in running for office so he could help reform the health care system.

A 20-year Navy veteran, Massa was elected to office last November. He serves on the Agriculture, Armed Services and Homeland Security committees.

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.

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.

More on this story as we get it!

UPDATE (from Dan):  As per my Rangel post, something tells me that Mass won’t get the Foley treatment.  It’s that all-purpose (D) after his name.

UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Just fixed the title.  He’s retiring at the end of his term, not resigning.  Now, didn’t Mark Foley resign when he got caught?  Guess there are different standards for different parties.  That all purpose (D) again.

UP-UP-UPDATE (from Dan):  Well, looks like Bruce could see into the future.  :-)  Massa is going to resign.

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23 Comments

  1. But but but but Mark Foley is a REPUBLICAN!

    Honestly, no one in the MSM will give a shit about this even if they had photos of him blowing his aide.

    Comment by Nick — March 3, 2010 @ 6:20 pm - March 3, 2010

  2. Damn,
    I hope the accusations aren’t true, and if they are he gets help.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 3, 2010 @ 7:01 pm - March 3, 2010

  3. He suffered from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Did he go to Canada to have it treated?

    Comment by LCRW — March 3, 2010 @ 7:29 pm - March 3, 2010

  4. #1: “Honestly, no one in the MSM will give a shit about this even if they had photos of him blowing his aide.”

    Actually, if the Republicans had a photo depicting Massa in flagrante delicto, Pelosi and crew would hold a press conference condemning the Republicans’ shameful disregard of Massa’s privacy rights and call for a thorough investigation.

    Comment by Sean A — March 3, 2010 @ 7:30 pm - March 3, 2010

  5. This guy voted NO on Obamacare the first time around. Betcha money these sexual harrassment allegations came about to make him switch his vote.

    Comment by American Elephant — March 3, 2010 @ 7:35 pm - March 3, 2010

  6. AE, I hate to say this, but I think you are onto something. Also, if they get him not to run in 2010, then it doesn’t matter if he votes for this travesty of a bill. Since there are no concerns of reelection.

    Comment by Leah — March 3, 2010 @ 8:20 pm - March 3, 2010

  7. Rangel, Mossa, Patterson, Blago, the lost goes on and on.
    So much for draining the DC swamp of corrupt liberal Democrats.
    ROUT THE LIBERALS IN 2010

    Comment by Gene in Pennsylvania — March 3, 2010 @ 8:23 pm - March 3, 2010

  8. [...] Then again, Rep. Massa could be telling the truth… that’s it’s about his health, and nothing related to the sexual harassment charges. [...]

    Pingback by Another Dem Incumbent Abandons Ship Obama: Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY) Won’t Seek Re-Election (video) « Frugal Café Blog Zone — March 3, 2010 @ 8:23 pm - March 3, 2010

  9. Hmmmm let’s see the difference is that Massa from every report I’ve read is accused of harassing an adult staffer while Foley was doing it to teenage pages. If you can’t see the difference you’re either stupid or blind.

    Comment by Tim W — March 4, 2010 @ 8:04 am - March 4, 2010

  10. Hmm, Tim, are you the same Tim commenting on the Kevin Jennings kerfluffle?

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 4, 2010 @ 9:34 am - March 4, 2010

  11. Ah, I understand Tim’s point though.

    Sexual Harassment (i.e. abuse of power and position) by Democrats is ok as long as they’re both (non-)consenting adults.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 4, 2010 @ 9:37 am - March 4, 2010

  12. Massa went to Washington, tested the water and decided to call it a one term.

    “They” say he hit on male staffers.

    Whatever. He is a Democrat and they have no moral standards, so what is the fuss all about? Ask Mark Sanford Jim Foley Bill Clinton.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 4, 2010 @ 10:03 am - March 4, 2010

  13. Heliotrope, if he ( or she) is married, was a virgin till the wedding night. Heliotrope has never had sex outside marriage. That would be , by his (or her) standards: immoral.
    Republicans are never involved in sex scandals.

    and just for the record, Monica went after the Clinton. She testified to that and that testimony was never challenged. She told her friends she was plotting to get into his pants. She said she lifted her skirt to show him her thong underwear.

    He let her suck his dick. That’s true. How many people reading this have had their dick sucked by someone who was not your wife?

    Probably none of you because you are all so moral.

    Comment by Mark W aw — March 4, 2010 @ 2:29 pm - March 4, 2010

  14. No I’m not the same Tim who commented on the Jenning’s matter. As for the sexual harassment claim here it is wrong if it’s true but don’t try to equate it to Foley. Why there was such condemnation of Foley is because it involved MINORS that he held a position of power over and the harassment was unwanted whether they were of the statutory age or not.

    Comment by Tim W — March 4, 2010 @ 2:41 pm - March 4, 2010

  15. Glad to see you aren’t him.

    That said, you’re actually condoning a person having sex with a subordinate, a person she has power over. Good to know/

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 4, 2010 @ 5:41 pm - March 4, 2010

  16. Why there was such condemnation of Foley is because it involved MINORS that he held a position of power over and the harassment was unwanted whether they were of the statutory age or not.

    So, since Kevin Jennings, Obama’s “safe schools” czar, endorses MINORS having sex with adults far older than they are, he should be condemned and Obama should be condemned for hiring him. Whether or not the person was of the statutory age is thus irrelevant, according to Tim W.

    Now watch as suddenly it becomes magically OK to have and advocate having sex with minors regardless of the statutory age.

    Probably none of you because you are all so moral.

    So, Mark W aw, if you have ever broken a rule of any sort, you may never under any circumstances say that someone is doing something wrong. Is that correct?

    Then state that, since Obama has stated that he did cocaine and illegal drugs, that he is a hypocrite for saying that people should not do illegal drugs. Can you do that?

    And then my favorite:

    and just for the record, Monica went after the Clinton. She testified to that and that testimony was never challenged. She told her friends she was plotting to get into his pants. She said she lifted her skirt to show him her thong underwear.

    And of course, he was completely helpless and incapable of stopping himself. In fact, Bill Clinton is so incapable of controlling himself sexually that he has to have sex with any woman that he likes — and it’s their fault for enticing him.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 4, 2010 @ 5:50 pm - March 4, 2010

  17. Mark W aw at #13 burns out a brain cell with this beauty:

    Probably none of you because you are all so moral.

    Mark W aw clearly mistakes morality with sainthood. And I bet he doubts the whole saint theme.

    Morality is not like nirvana or an elevated state rarely reached by mere mortals. That would make it useless and unattainable.

    Accepting sin is accepting moral lapses as evil and striving not to go there again, if at all. We hate the sin, but love and help the sinner.

    Mark W aw’s little attempt at a morality play centered on Bill Clinton’s penis and how he was just walking around the Oval Office with it hanging out and Monica Lewinsky rushed it is one amazing attempt to promote moral relevancy.

    Democrats make a religion of making moral lapses into just a bump in the road. They are without sin, because those who cast stones must be without sin, therefore, they are by self definition without sin.

    Republicans, on the other hand are hypocrites when they sin. They preach one thing and do another. You see, if you fail to meet your standards 100% of the times, you are a loser. Mark Sanford has not begun to get what he deserves. John Edwards could get appointed Secretary of State. That is the difference between Democrats and Republicans. We challenge the sinner. Democrats look the other way and find a Republican to stone.

    Comment by heliotrope — March 5, 2010 @ 11:30 am - March 5, 2010

  18. Maybe he didn’t pay off the right people to keep quiet? He should have buddied up to John Ensign. I don’t think morality is a strong point with the Repugs given Stanford, Ensign, Foley, and remember Jeff Gannon.

    Jeff threw softballs at Pressers so that he could get at that great piece of Repug manmeat Carl Rove.

    Comment by Ellen — March 5, 2010 @ 6:13 pm - March 5, 2010

  19. NDT: I did not come up with this idea about throwing stones, I first read about it in the Bible. Jesus said something about it.

    He wasn’t the first. It goes back thousands of years, but when I was kid I did not know other great men had said essentially the same thing. Many Americans remember it as words of Jesus.

    Do you think Jesus was a wise man? I do. What was His point?

    Anyway, since this is a site called GAY Patriot, I can assume that the men who are participating on conversations have sucked a dick or have been sucked off by a man. Many of you, like NDT or Heliotrope have probably taken it up the chocolate highway, too. Or if you haven’t, you have been on top. Both are considered a “sin” by some people. In ancient cultures (and in some places in the Middle East right now) you could be executed for this activity. Now long ago, in England you could be imprisoned. Many people consider this sin was more severe than the sin of Mr. Clinton. That is why I am surprised to see it discussed on this this site

    Are you “sinners”?

    Comment by Mark W aw — March 7, 2010 @ 1:21 am - March 7, 2010

  20. “UP-UPDATE (from Dan): Just fixed the title. He’s retiring at the end of his term, not resigning. Now, didn’t Mark Foley resign when he got caught? Guess there are different standards for different parties. That all purpose (D) again.”

    Just noticing that you haven’t rushed to correct this as quickly as you rushed to correct the previous….

    Comment by eric — March 7, 2010 @ 9:16 am - March 7, 2010

  21. Do you think Jesus was a wise man? I do. What was His point?

    Obviously, Mark W aw, you think it was that, if anyone has ever sinned in any way, shape, or form, they have no right to call out or punish other peoples’ sins.

    So let’s test that theory with two examples: Peter and Paul. Both of them sinned, quite obviously; however, in multiple occasions, they are calling out people who sinned and condemning them, and God is reinforcing and supporting their decisions. Indeed, we can see that even before Jesus, such in the cases of punishment for Kings Saul, David, and Solomon by the prophets of their day, and going all the way back to Abraham.

    So in short, your interpretation isn’t even close to Biblically correct. Perhaps you ought to educate yourself more on what the Bible actually says and talks about before trying to use it to attack peoples’ faith.

    Now that we’ve dealt with that failed Alinsky tactic, please explain yourself for excusing sex with minors, illegal drug use, and inability to control oneself in any way sexually for Obama Party members while condemning said alleged behavior in Republicans, as you were asked to do previously.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — March 7, 2010 @ 7:40 pm - March 7, 2010

  22. Hmm, Mark assumes…

    I’ll agree with the first three letters.

    Comment by The_Livewire — March 9, 2010 @ 8:45 pm - March 9, 2010

  23. NDT: what is the world are you talking about?

    John 8
    Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”

    Comment by Mark W aw — March 9, 2010 @ 11:53 pm - March 9, 2010

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